Fondazione Berengo : Artist in Residence
The Berengo Foundation (Fondazione Berengo) has two main aims. The first is to revitalize and re-energize the glass industry in Murano so that it can take its place, once more, as the world-renowned centre of the glass industry and be able to attract new communities to contribute to its economic success and financial security. The second aim of the foundation is to educate those who are already interested in the art of glass-making, inspire those who are looking for a new medium for their work, and re-establish glass making as a skill and craft of the highest significance. A critically important aspect of the work of the foundation is to position glass making on an international stage by continuing the highly acclaimed GLASSTRESS series of exhibitions.
Fondazione Berengo sponsors a program to further its commitment to keeping the glassmaking traditions of Murano alive. The program is designed to allow students and artists who have worked in glass to develop and refine their skills by working in a traditional Murano furnace. The residents are encouraged to experiment with both traditional and innovative processes involving glass as a medium consistent with the foundation’s mission. Artists work side-by side with the glass maestros who provide guidance and a hands-on experience.
The resident will work in the Berengo Studio furnace on Murano which is designed to accommodate a wide variety of glass working techniques. In addition to furnaces for blowing and casting, the factory contains a cold-working facility and annealing ovens, designed for blowing, casting or kiln forming.
Generally, the Fondazione Berengo requires that the resident be sponsored by an educational or cultural institution. The length of the residency varies, depending on an individual’s experience, the project and, if applicable, the requirements of the sponsoring institution. A stipend for living expenses is provided.