Laimun is an artist-in-residence program and curatorial project that intends to create conversations with international artists across various disciplines. The residency has a duration of 3 weeks and offers artists and writers a living and working space in a quiet area in the south of Sardinia, close to nature and about half an hour from the sea.
Laimun is aimed at artists and writers who need a reserved space and a period to create new work, pursue artistic research, or conclude an ongoing project.
The residency takes place twice a year, in spring and autumn. The spring session will take place between May and June, while the autumn session will take place between September and October.
IS THERE A SPECIFIC THEME FOR THE RESIDENCY?
The residency does not have a specific theme, but during the selection process, we will try to identify artists/creatives who can work together harmoniously and who could develop a project in conversation with the discipline of the other.
Laimun welcomes applications from all fields of art and culture, such as visual arts, literature, photography, new media, music, design, architecture, film, cultural studies, and many others.
Laimun is an inclusive project and is open to candidates of any nationality. We encourage applications by linguistic and cultural minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and second-generation Italians.
The hosting house is equipped with an extensive library of books and magazines from the 1960s until the early 2000s and diverse collectibles and objects. For this reason, the residency is also particularly suitable for artists/creatives interested in working with archival materials and cultural history.
It is possible to apply for the spring session until the 15th of March 2020. (Updates 09.03.2020: Due to the escalating spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in Italy and all over the world and extensive travel restrictions, the Spring Session 2020 has been posponed. A new open call for the second session of the residency will be published at the beginning of April with new dates and modalities.)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The application has a processing fee of € 35, which will only serve to cover the administrative expenses of the selection of candidates and the organization of the residency resources.
The accommodation and the program are entirely free for the entire duration of 3 weeks. The costs for food, travel, and transportation are not included. Each candidate will be required to cover these costs individually.
Laimun supports the residents during the whole duration of their stay, for research material, information on the place, or travel arrangements.
The costs related to personal expenses (daily living expenses and trips) are borne by the candidate. We are available to help candidates obtain external funds to cover these costs by offering them the necessary documentation attesting their participation in the residency and the related program.
The residency is open to candidates from all over the world, so the main communication language will be English.
Communication with the team can take place in both English and Italian.
Projects, especially those of a textual nature (research thesis, creative writing, essays, etc.), can be developed in the candidate’s language of origin. However, the proposal must always be accompanied by an English translation.
Laimun is based in a small town in the south of Sardinia. The main language of the island is Italian. The Laimun team is available as an interpreter if the resident develops a project in which communication in Italian is required.
The residency takes place in Villacidro, a small town in south-western Sardinia (Italy), 50 km from the island’s capital Cagliari, situated on the slopes of the Linas mountain chain, and renowned for its waterfall “Sa Spendula” and the untouched mountainous landscape and numerous hiking trails.
The town is about 40 minutes away by car from Cagliari International Airport Elmas, or it can be reached by train with the connection Airport Elmas – San Gavino Monreale. The Laimun team will help you find the best solution to reach the hosting destination.
Outside the residency period, Laimun is based in Berlin, Germany. The residency is directed by Anya Jasbar and is part of Ahorn Studio’s program.
Candidates are welcome to visit the Berlin office to further discuss their projects and continue the creative collaboration even after the residency.