Artist & Writers Residency Program

The ICA Residency was created to provide artists and writers an opportunity to work in a tranquil, uninterrupted setting that is conducive to focusing on their work, as well as providing easy access to urban centers in Italy such as Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Perugia. The all inclusive program is offered through the months of May and October each year and is application based with a rolling deadline.

Residency durations vary according to your needs/schedule and are based on a weekly rate of €1100, with a minimum stay of 1 week.


The village of Monte Castello provides a unique kind of solitude, creating a relaxed and contemplative atmosphere. Clarity of thought is fostered in an environment where one is surrounded by hills and distant mountains and rewarded by panoramas at every overlook. At the same time, discussions with fellow residents or retreat attendees over morning coffee in the piazza or over dinner on the terrace watching the moonrise helps to facilitate critical exchange and fosters creative growth.

Private or double accommodation in our fourteenth century stone convent, Asilo (meaning sanctuary) with spectacular views of the Tiber Valley or in our 18th c. palazzo, as well as apartments in our historic buildings are available, including full board with three hearty home-cooked Umbrian meals per day.

The ICA Residency dovetails with our retreats and include private office/studio, weekly field trips, living space and other standard accommodations. Residents pursue their own interests, working in their studio spaces in the village or in the landscape any time of day or night, and may audit one class concurrently offered by ICA, provided they commit to regular attendance.


  • Three chef-catered meals per day in Monte Castello

  • Private or double occupancy room in a restored twelfth-century convent (private apartments available in place of workspace for writers)

  • Private Studio / Workspace

  • One class audit per three week session

  • Transportation to and from Rome Fiumicino airport

  • Participation in field trips according to events calendar

  • Custom excursions can be recommended based on interests and are available upon request for supplemental fee.

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Application Process

All artist and writers interested in participating in the ICA residency program in Monte Castello must first apply online.

The review panel consists of rotating, professional contemporary artists and writers based in Italy and the United States. Upon review of the application an ICA member will reach out to you regarding your application and if you are accepted into the program.

For more information or questions about the ICA residency program or application process, please contact us.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Website or link to relevant work (images, video and/or text). File sharing links such as Google Drive or Dropbox are accepted via shareable link.

  • Link to CV

  • Short description of intent, 250 words maximum.

  • Preferred dates of attendance

  • Studio or Workspace requirements

  • Preference for participation in exhibition or reading event

Private Studio / Workspace

All program participants are provided with private studio space in the medieval buildings around the village. For an additional fee writers and scholars have the option to be housed in private apartments around the village with adequate space for living and work. Typically, we are able to accommodate an individual’s needs in terms of the size and location of studio spaces. Through our application form, let us know your needs/preferences, taking into consideration factors such as natural or artificial light, wall or table space, space with a view or more atmospheric interior spaces, etc. 

Final Exhibition / Readings

At the close of each session, Artists in Residence have the option of participating in a group exhibition, or applying for a solo exhibition of work produced during the course of their visit, and Writers in Residence are encouraged to provide readings of their work. Exhibitions typically held in the school gallery, which is centrally located in the village, near the theatre. Other locations can be arranged upon request. ICA will provide advertising for the events, which are well attended by the community, artists residing in the area and present residents. Sale of work is permitted and encouraged.