The Villa Lena Artist Foundation in Tuscany has announced its 2017 residents, who promise to complete some exciting new artistic projects during the season.

The Tuscan Villa Lena is surrounded by 500 hectares of woodland, with olive groves, vineyards and rolling hills. The villa opens its doors to artists from April to October every year, with individual artist placements of between one and two months. This gives artists enough time to complete their chosen projects while enjoying the stunning surroundings.

© Villa Lena

© Villa Lena

Artists attracted to the programme range from visual artists to musicians. Artistic collaborations are also encouraged, helped by the immersive creative atmosphere filled with talks, workshops and events. Resident artists participating in the programme stay in the 19th century villa, and have substantial studio spaces to work from. At the end of their residencies, artists are asked to donate a piece of work to Villa Lena. The work adorns the estate and is later sold to help raise funds to go towards the continuation of the programme.

The 2017 resident artists at Villa Lena are:

 Villa Lena ©Coke Bartrina

Villa Lena ©Coke Bartrina

Villa Lena was founded by the contemporary art collector Lena Evstafieva, her musician husband Jérôme Hadey, and their friend Lionel Bensemoun, who is a successful entrepreneur and founder of the Parisian nightclub, Le Baron. Villa Lena was restored in 2013, with interior designer Clarisse Demory creating a ‘neo folk’ style. In the coming years, Villa Lena also aims to become entirely ecological, using organic produce grown on-site and the use of solar panels and heat pumps.

The Villa Lena estate also has apartments and houses in converted farm buildings that can be rented by travellers.

Those interested in applying for the 2018 artist residency must do so by 31 May 2017.

Website: Villa Lena