Fabrica One Year Artist Scholarships for Artists 25 & under, Italy, ongoing
Applications are accepted throughout the year and may be written in English or Italian.
Please specify which studio area you are applying for:
You must be 25 or under, speak English well, be open to new ideas and be able to use technical equipment related to your field. To apply to Fabrica you can upload your portfolio to our website and fill the form on this page. In alternative, you can send a copy of your portfolio (not the original), your curriculum vitae and a letter of application to the following address (all CD-ROM based portfolios must include a print copy):
I-31020 CATENA DI VILLORBA – TV
Telephone +39 0422 516202 – 516111
Please note that materials will not be returned.
If your portfolio meets selection criteria, you will be invited to Fabrica for a trial period of two weeks. Accommodation and lunch (during the week) will be provided, but you will arrange to pay for travel expenses.
If the trial period is successful, you will get a one year scholarship. In 6-8 weeks after you return home, you will receive from Fabrica a communication about the result of the trial period.
Terms of agreement:
The scholarship includes: return trip from your country; accommodation in Treviso (to share with one or two Fabrica grant holders); lunch from Monday to Friday; a monthly money supply to cover living expenses; health insurance for the entire duration of the scholarship.
Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research centre, was set up in 1994. The fruit of the Group’s cultural legacy, is based in Treviso, Italy in a complex restored and enlarged by Tadao Ando.
Fabrica is not a school, advertising agency or university. It is an applied creativity laboratory, a talent incubator, a studio of sorts in which young, modern artists come from all over the world to develop innovative projects and explore new directions in myriad avenues of communication, from design, music and film to photography, publishing and the Internet. These artist-experimenters are accompanied along their research path by leading figures in art and communication, blurring the boundaries of culture and language and transgressing the traditional borders between a diverse range of communication mediums.
Communication research at Fabrica services a wide variety of social causes and disciplines such as economics, social or environmental sciences. Fabrica’s aim is to grasp the future by giving innovative exposure to cultural or scientific projects which open a window onto tomorrow’s world.
Fabrica is located in Italy, near Venice, in Villa Pastega Manera, an ancient villa built in the seventeenth century, which Tadao Ando restored and enlarged. This project included the creation of study areas, laboratories, offices, facilities such as a library and an auditorium, a cinema, meeting and refreshment areas. The use of natural elements, such as light and air, as part of the architecture reaches its climax in the huge elliptical piazza.
As Tadao Ando says, in Fabrica “there is architecture of the past and the present; the two put their trust in, and draw inspiration from, each other. The role of the new architecture is to bring out the charm and strength of the ancient villa and to give birth to a reciprocal, cathartic relationship between old and new in an atmosphere of complete harmony, transcending the limits of a specific period. Therefore, even the transit areas, which normally play a secondary or insignificant role, have been given due attention. They act as places for communion and communication between people, between people and history or nature; places which encourage dialogue between people from different backgrounds”.