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villa villa is a sustainable art residency programme taking place in a newly renovated farm house in the countryside of Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to supporting contemporary artists, curators, writers and thinkers. Organised around the principles of sustainable living, the residency encourages participants to engage with the region’s local and rural context and strives towards having a neutral impact.
villa villa is a space that facilitates research, production and presentation of artistic practices outside of the urban context, while fostering relationships and collaborations both nationally and internationally. It aims to participate in the creation of new contemporary experiences built on social and environmental interaction.
With a programme of open-ended art residencies, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and culinary food-based research, villa villa aims to stimulate dialogue around contemporary issues and seeks to create a community of ecologically sensitive and environmentally respectful creative professionals.
We are currently working on the development of several tools to help artists and art professionals lower the impact of their practice on the environment.
PART 1 — Survey: How sustainable is your studio practice?
To develop the best tools, we conducted an online survey in order to:
— Better understand the motivations and barriers artists may face when seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their studio practice,
— Gather tips, suggestions and comments from artists based on their personal experience in making their studio practice greener.
Artists, curators, and other art practitioners are invited to exchange on sustainable artist studio practices.
PART 2 — Talk and discussion: sustainable artist studio practices
Join us for an online talk and discussion event about sustainable artist studio practices. We will discuss how far artists have come in adopting sustainable working methods and the challenges they face in doing so. This event will feature conversations between curators and artists who seek to reduce the environmental impact of their practice. We will present the results of the online survey ‘How sustainable is your studio practice’, which will be free to download.
Sustainable artists studio practices
27 September 2021
We are regularly running workshops and online courses to help curators and exhibition makers reduce the environmental impact of contemporary art exhibitions.
Curating an ecologically sensitive exhibition is an online short course that provides the tools to become a responsible practitioner of curation and to curate contemporary art exhibitions with environmental impact awareness. The focus of the course is to challenge the conditions in which contemporary art operates in regards to the environmental crisis.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand the environmental challenges associated with exhibition making, they will know how to measure these impacts and how to reduce them. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge of how to plan, organise and deliver environmentally sustainable art exhibitions.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this course or want to know more.
An environmental approach to curating
9, 10 and 11 August 2021
Ecological Self: central dossier
We wrote a dossier for Umbigo Magazine on ecological issues and post-humanist questions to discuss the interdependence of climate, social and cultural injustices.
Circularity as a design model: conference
We talked about temporary art exhibitions following circularity as a design model as part of an ongoing series of webinars hosted by Metis (in French).