I just heard about the most fabulous opportunity for artists and have to share it! Rivello, a small town in the south of Italy is inviting 149 artists and craftspeople from all over the world to come and spend a week (or more) as artists in residence in July or August this year (2010). You will have the opportunity to live right in the city center, and it will only cost you 95 euros per week. And they even allow you to bring your family and pets!
Why do they want you to visit? They want you to have a good time and enjoy their town (and the beach!) but also to create unique souvenirs (which you will have the opportunity to sell at the local market). The idea is to get away from mass produced cheap so called “locally made” souvenirs and instead be able to offer real handmade crafts and arts made on site.
UHM stands for Unconventional Holiday Market, and I’d say that description is right on. I’ve never heard of anything similar, and I really hope more cities/towns/villages around the world follow suit!
Time is of the essence though! You have to apply by June 10 – they want your CV and some samples of your work – a link to your website or online portfolio is fine. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.