- Artists & Creatives -

Our sessions for the Casale Flaminia residencies program of 2018/19 have been concluded. We are grateful to our artists and creatives for leaving a profound artistic footprint, helping us to pave the path for a rocky journey ahead  - until we can meet again working, dreaming, cooking, and laughing together, stay safe everybody!

At Casale Flaminia, we have hosted artists and writers since 2018 as well as visiting artists from Mahler & Lewitt. Responding to the pandemic lockdown in Feb 2021 we hosted our first digital Festival.

 
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 - Sessions 2018 to 2021 -

(in reverse chronological order)

 

You can scroll through the sessions history in reverse chronological order from last year 2021 back to our first sessions in 2018, carefully curated by a distinguished and international community of artists and creatives across disciplines, celebrating Visual Art, Literature, Poetry, Photography, Public Art, Performance Art, Music, and Dance.

You can follow future sessions on www.smartcurators.com

 - Winter 2021 Sessions -

Responding to the pandemic lockdown, Casale Flaminia hosted the First Edition of a two-day Festival 20-21 Feb 2021.

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"We travelled around the world in a digital way, until we can restart something that is in our human nature, the arts, the culture, the social, the travel, the discovery, the dreaming ..." - Vitor Pereira -

You can follow future edition festivals on www.smartcurators.com

 - Winter 2020 Sessions -

Ralph Overbeck, Host & Curator at Casale Flaminia was invited to speak at Smart Travel in Dec 2020 on the topic of "The Future of Smart Destinations" where Ralph is reflecting on our Artists-in-Residence sessions and the challenges offering new opportunities to steer us through the pandemic.

- Fall Sessions 2020 -

Due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions and lockdown measures, fall sessions have been deferred indefinetly, stay safe everybody!

- Spring Sessions 2020 -

 

After careful consideration of the pool of prolific and talented international artists, we have chosen four recipients to join us in Spoleto, Italy for our spring residency sessions.

 

Congratulations to New York based novelist and essayist, Janet Steen, Ireland based figurative artist, Rosie McGurran, Lisbon based writer and journalist, Vitor Pereira, and writer and visual artist, Margarita Gokun Silver.

Janet Steen

Writer | Editor

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Rosie McGurran

Artist | R.U.A.

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Vitor Pereira

Journalist | Smart Cities

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Margarita Gokun Silver

Artist | Writer

World-renowned author and dancer, Twyla Tharp, once said, Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. We are thrilled to offer these artists a place to run to this spring — and the time and resources to continue creating their beautiful art. Benvenuti to Janet, Rosie, Vitor, and Margarita!

Due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions and lockdown measures, the spring and fall sessions have been deferred until the next year, stay safe everybody!

- Fall Sessions 2019 -

After careful consideration of the pool of exceptionally talented and inspiring international applicants, we are pleased to announce that Cyprus-based journalist and writer Melissa Hekkers, Syrian-born artist, Adi Atassi, and energy alchemist, photographer and author, Sandy Humby are the recipients of our fall sessions at Casale Flaminia in Spoleto, Italy.

"Authentic, haunting, and evocative … Their work truly matters. These artists deserve the time and the space to pursue it. - These are just a few words from members of the selection committee after choosing three recipients for the fall 2019 sessions.

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Melissa Hekkers

Journalist | Author

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Adi Atassi

Artist | Fine Art

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Sandy Humby

Author | Alchemist

The three artists left a profound footprint during their fall 2019 sessions, manifesting the Open Call for fellow artists to benefit from future sessions, grazie mille!

- Summer Sessions 2019 -

 

During the summer of 2019, we welcomed visiting artist Lina Hermsdorf with her colleague artist Tomasso Faraci from the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto. 

Solo Artist Lina Hermsdorf visited Casale Flaminia to work on her art film project during her artist-in-residence at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto. The project is centred around the Lucas Bona Dea at Acquaiura, a little known ancient sacred forest on the land of Casale Flaminia dedicated to the Roman goddess Bona Dea and 2000 years ago provided a sanctuary for women with rites that sanctified the temporary removal of customary constraints imposed on Roman women of all classes by Roman tradition.

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Lina Hermsdorf

Visiting Artist

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Tomasso Faraci

Visiting Artist

- Spring Sessions 2018 -

For the opening sessions of spring/summer 2018, we hosted our first writer in residence Emily Haas and the visiting sculptor Luigi Prevedel.

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Emily Haas

Writer | Fiction

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Luigi Prevedel

Sculptor | Marble

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- ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE -

Meet the artists and writers, featuring some of their works and sessions.

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Melissa Hekkers

Writer-in-Residence

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Luigi Prevedel

Visiting Artist

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Adi Atassi

Artist-in-Residence

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Emily Haas

Writer-in-Residence

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Sandy Humby

Writer-in-Residence

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Lina Hermsdorf

Visiting Artist

Melissa Hekkers
Writer in Residence

 

Melissa Hekkers is a freelance journalist and author, who has frequently been featured in mainstream news outlets and other publications in Cyprus. Her most recent publication (2018), My Cape Greco Mandala, which is the third in a series, is a colouring book inspired by the wildlife of the Cape Greco peninsula in Cyprus and was preceded by My Akamas Mandala which focuses on a variety of endemic plants found on the Akamas Natural Reserve. In 2016, she published My Nicosia Mandala, the first of the above series, an innovative, interactive colouring book about the historic fortifications of the old town of Nicosia.

 

Since 2015, Melissa has been teaching creative writing to children and adults. Melissa also focuses on silenced communities in Cyprus: she writes about migrants, both as a reporter and author; profiles them and teaches them creative and script writing skills through European funded programmes. In 2007, soon after graduating with a Communications degree, she published her first children’s book in both English and Greek entitled Crocodile, which won the Cyprus State Illustration Award. In 2012, she launched her second children’s book Flying across Red Skies (in English and Greek), using an experimental approach to literature, for which she was nominated for the Cyprus State Literary award. Her third, similarly well-received children’s book was Pupa (Greek and English), published in 2014 and was adapted as a theatre play in 2019. In between her last two books, she published her first free-verse poetry book entitled Come-forth.

 

In 2019 she was contributing author to the anthology Nicosia Beyond Barriers: Voices from a Divided City, published by Saqi Books, London.

www.melissahekkers.com

- "Pupa" is live on stage! -

An adaptation of the children’s book "Pupa" as a theatre play is currently being presented on weekends at the Theatre Dionysos. Bringing the book to life as a theatre play for the first time in Cyprus, the play is based on Melissa Hekkers’ third children’s book and is directed by Christos Yiangou and adapated by Natalia Panayiotou.

Photos Antonis Farmakas

- "I'm not a volunteer, I'm Human" -

- Amir's Blue Elephant -

During the residency week at Casale Flaminia, Melissa Hekkers reflected on her experience as a volunteer on the Greek island beaches and the hardships faced by refugees and migrants upon reaching European shores. From the perspective of a journalist, Melissa Hekkers recounted her footsteps as she joined the journey of thousands of refugees seeking safety in Europe. 

 

Telling the real story of a refugee kid Amir, holding on to his blue elephant toy, the new book pushing the creative boundaries of non-fiction, was born!

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Melissa Hekkers | Amir's Blue Elephant | at (sm)art 21

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"Hekkers delivers a true tour de force – with her lyrical and evocative writing, she shines a mirror on the humanity that unites us all." - Mellisa Felix -

 

Adi Atassi
Artist in Residence