Artist Residencies in Florence for two Roma Contemporary Artists in 2022

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The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) has joined forces once again with the Villa Romana (Florence) residency programme to offer an artistic residency for two Roma contemporary artists. This exciting initiative draws upon the ground-breaking work, expertise and vision of both institutions to realise a unique opportunity for young Roma artists and marks a significant step in recognition of the importance of Roma contemporary art practice today.
Through the cooperation of Villa Romana and ERIAC, the residence offers artists the opportunity to concentrate on their work, to seek an exchange with other artists in the house and in the regional environment, and to deal with the history of art on site.
The programme will promote two selected artists and give visibility to Roma contemporary arts. An international jury will screen the candidates and select the two artists.

Members of the Jury
Daniel Baker, artist, Curator of FUTUROMA at Biennale Arte Venezia 2019
Timea Junghaus, curator, art historian, Executive Director of ERIAC
Maria Lind, curator, writer, art critic, co-curator of the 2019 Biennial in Timisoara
Angelika Stepken, curator, author, Director of Villa Romana

In the first half of 2022 (February to July), the selected two artists will be provided with a guest room in the Villa Romana for a period of 1 month.
Each selected artist receives a monthly scholarship in the amount of 1000 Euro;
Travel expenses are covered.

Application Deadline
16 January 2022
Jury Session
mid-January 2022

Eligibility Requirements
Visual artists with self-declared Roma identity, whose work provides a special contribution to contemporary art production.
We do not require a special description of the planned project.
Please send in your CV and a portfolio (if possible digital) by 14 January 2021 to and to with the subject line "2022 residency application".

About Villa Romana and ERIAC
Villa Romana is a place of contemporary artistic production and of international exchange. Founded in 1905 by artists and patrons, it still works as a non-profit association. Every year it hosts the current Villa Romana award winners as well as international guest artists. With exhibitions and a wide range of events, Villa Romana strives to interact with artists and the public, expand its international network and promoting communication with the cultures of the Mediterranean area.

ERIAC was officially established on 07 June 2017, in Berlin, Germany. The Institute is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Open Society Foundations (OSF), and the Roma Leaders' initiative – the Alliance for the European Roma Institute. ERIAC has a unique mandate as the first transnational organization for the recognition of Roma arts and culture. The Institute functions as a transnational creative hub, supporting the exchange of creative ideas across borders, cultural domains, and Romani identities. ERIAC highlights the numerous and multifaceted Romani contributions to European culture, talent, success, and achievement, as well as documenting the historical experiences of Romani people across Europe.