Mahler & LeWitt Studios was established around the former studios of Anna Mahler and Sol LeWitt in Spoleto, Italy. The residency programme provides a focused and stimulating environment for artists, curators and writers to develop new ways of working in dialogue with peers while immersed in the unique cultural heritage of the region.
The residency programme was initiated by Marina Mahler, Anna’s daughter, under the auspices of Anna Mahler Association. Marina invited David Gothard to Spoleto in 2009 to explore its creative opportunities. David found the Sol LeWitt studio next door to Anna’s and promptly reconnected with the family. During his Artistic Directorship at the Riverside Studios in the 80s, a time when the organisation was uniquely nominated for the Turner Prize, David had hosted the Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, Sol LeWitt collaboration ’Dance’.
David’s encouragement of experimental and responsive experiences for artists, curators and writers, working within the historical and contemporary fabrics of Spoleto, has given the residency programme its special character, summed up in his phrase for nurturing creative thinking with ‘slow-cooking’.
For the second consecutive year we promoted projects with previous residents as part of the official Spoleto Festival programme, encouraging on-going and in-depth engagement with the context of Spoleto and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios.
We will host two residency sessions in 2017. From 8 June through 18 July we are excited to be working with Andrianna Campbell, Rob Chavasse, Annie Godfrey Larmon and Allison Katz. In the second session, from 15 August to 15 September, we will host Lewis Chaplin, Luka Savic as well as the winners of the Fitzcarraldo Editions essay prize and of an Open Call in partnership with the INLAKS Foundation, for an artist or curator living in India. Our curatorial trainee Giovanni Rendina will be in residence throughout the summer.
Image: work by Julie Born Schwartz, artist in residence 201
For more information visit www.mahler-lewitt.org