The countdown has started!

Noepoli PZ  Noepoli artists Palazzo Rinaldi   Palazzo Rinaldi Artists residency

 

Can you believe it’s officially summer already?  This can only mean one thing…the countdown to the 2014 Residencies has started!  Preparations are in full swing…

We are excited to meet and welcome such a wide variety of artists and disciplines this season, as well as hosting Cora Murphy’s art workshops– it’s going to be a busy and fun summer.  Just to give you a taste of things to come, this year we are expecting composers, documentary makers, sculptors, photographers, writers, visual and new media artists- and even an architect! Artists come as always from around the world, including our very first AIR from Argentina!

All the news will be posted up here, so keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook page and you’ll be able to read all about the goings on at Palazzo Rinaldi this summer.

 

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Celebrating Spring

Straight from the terrace at Palazzo Rinaldi, we thought we’d share this wonderful arcobaleno (rainbow) who decided to visit us over the weekend…wishing all our former and future AIRs a wonderful & inspiring Spring 2014!

rainbow Palazzo Rinaldi Italy

terrace Palazzo Rinaldi

rainbow Palazzo Rinaldi

 

“Marzo pazzerello: esce il sole, piglia l’ombrello!” – Italian proverb

Crazy March…sun is out, pick up the umbrella!

10 Things To Do During Your Artists’ Residency

During your stay at Palazzo Rinaldi you will have as much or as little to do as you wish: working on your artistic projects, exploring the local area, meeting and socializing with your fellow artists-in-residence…or just plain old relaxing and catching up on uninterrupted sleep!  However you decide to spend your time, here are 10 things we recommend you try and fit in during your stay, that will make your Residency even more memorable and special.

Pasolini

Matera sunset

1. Lights, Camera, Action || Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Matera.  With daily bus connections to and from Noepoli, there is no excuse not to visit one of Italy’s most unique locations.  One of the peninsula’s first human settlements, its vast historical centre is carved almost entirely out of white rock, giving it an otherworldy appearance.  Matera today is a regular location for film makers– Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew were filmed here, among many others. Guided tours are widely available.

Farneta forest Pollino   Pollino hiking

2. Take a hike! || With Palazzo Rinaldi’s enviable location in the heart of Italy’s largest national park, you should definitely make the most of the wide-open spaces and stunning scenery on our doorstep. Many walking and hiking trails are available for you to discover and explore, offering unspoilt vistas and uninterrupted silence and the opportunity to work off those extra, delicious pizza pounds!  If you are a runner bring your shoes, as you will also find many pathways to and from the Residency to challenge you and keep you in shape during your stay.

Telescope terrace Palazzo Rinaldi  Palazzo Rinaldi sunset

3. Watch the stars… || Meeting for a glass of wine on the panoramic terrace at sunset is a regular habit for our Artists-in-residence. A socializing ritual accompanied by the ever-changing display of colors, which you can enjoy from your very own west-facing seat in the clouds.  Later, as the air cools down and the sky darkens to reveal its treasures without the glare of electric lights, star gazing will be an exceptional experience. Pina is a keen amateur astronomer and she will gladly talk you through the constellations on view during your stay, and even has a telescope for you to peek through.  In August it is extremely common to view falling stars, so have a couple of wishes at the ready!

antique books

4. Judge a book by its cover || Explore our library collection: Palazzo Rinaldi is home to a collection of antique Italian books and magazines viewable upon request.  Dating back from as far as the mid-nineteenth century and including specific publications on fashion and cinema as well as war and politics, they will no doubt inspire and intrigue you.

Painting Palazzo Rinaldi Italy       painting Palazzo Rinaldi

5. Work outdoors || Grab one of our portable easels and step outside of the studio, and let your creativity loose in the maze of cobbled streets. Noepoli, perched on top of a hill and winding itself around it in a spiral shape, is a village of extraordinary beauty as well as a protected location.  With Palazzo Rinaldi located right at the very top, don’t miss the opportunity to explore on foot its many tiny side streets and cobbled lanes, intersecting with each other before opening up to reveal secret piazze and surprising vistas on the valley below.  Bring your work with you and enjoy the weather, and the freedom of being able to work outdoors.

banda Noepoli  Noepoli procession

6. Bless me, Father… || Go to Sunday mass.  Whether you are religious or not, mass in the south of Italy is a fascinating and spiritually enriching experience.  You will witness the whole of the small village coming together and also enjoy the folklore, the people watching, the litany and the singing.  If your Residency happens to coincide with one of the summer’s many festas, such as Saint Anthony or the Madonna of Constantinople, you will also experience outdoor processions, marching bands, food stands, dancing – and even fireworks!

Simone Cumpa'  Vaydehi Noepoli

7. Meet the locals.  || Noepoli is home to a small and friendly community who – despite the language barrier – will go out of its way to make you feel at home.  The village is small and everyone knows each other, making it a safe destination particularly if travelling on your own. Even if your Italian begins and ends with ‘buongiorno’ and ‘buonasera’, a friendly attitude and a smile is really all you need to make long term friends!

spiaggia

Policoro beach

8. Go to the beach || Yes- despite the fact that we are in a hilltop location, the bustling beachside resort of Policoro is not far away.  So if you fancy a ‘holiday day’ to break from your creative work, pack your swimsuit and towel!

Palazzo Rinaldi art Amaro Lucano  Palazzo RInaldi

9. Sample the local food & wine. ||  The south of Italy is well known as the gourmet epicentre of the country, and Basilicata is no exception.  In Noepoli you will be able to taste some exceptional dishes and ingredients – among them the DOP Red Peppers of Senise, unique in the country – and the famous black grape Aglianico wines.  Upon request we can even arrange a visit to the local winery, inclusive of tasting session of course!

Chiesa   Jacuvill

10. See the sights || There are many sights to explore locally, but one you definitely shouldn’t miss is the church of the Madonna del Pantano on the outskirts of the village, impressively carved into the mountain side and featuring the hermit’s grotto- setting to a fascinating local legend.  If your passion is history and archaeology, a little further afield you will find the Greek temples at Metaponto, original site of Pythagoras’ philosophy school, or the Archaeological museum at Matera.

These are just some basic suggestions to get you started- the rest is all for you to discover!  At Palazzo Rinaldi you will find all the maps, bus timetables and information you need to plan your visits and we will be happy to answer any question you might have.  Enjoy!

2014 Painting Workshops at Palazzo Rinaldi

Happy new year!  Time to welcome in 2014.

If you haven’t thought of a resolution yet, how about this one: finding your inner artist in the heart of Italy’s sunny south, under the guidance of a professional tutor?  Thought you might like it.

We are delighted to launch not one but two painting courses, developed specifically by professional visual artist and art teacher Cora Murphy, herself a former Palazzo Rinaldi AIR.  Cora says about her courses:

Palazzo Rinaldi is a unique and very special location.  My time there has been enormously inspirational to my painting practice.  In many ways, it has sustained and underpinned my painting since.  I genuinely expect all workshop participants to feel likewise!

Cora Murphy painter

Cora at Palazzo Rinaldi in 2010

Cora’s artistic skills and wonderful, outgoing personality coupled with her experience of Palazzo Rinaldi – and the small matter of having created some outstanding work while in Residency – made her the perfect choice of tutor.  Since first discussing this idea, she has gone on to  developing the two wonderful week-long painting workshops we are delighted to launch today, which make the most of our unique geographical location at the heart of Italy’s largest national park.

Italy painting workshop Palazzo Rinaldi

The courses – Abstracting the Landscape and Adventures in Abstract Art – will both run during the month of August 2014 and will take place at Palazzo Rinaldi Artists’ Residency. Featuring daily professional tuition and one-to-one critiques as well as sightseeing trips and social time, they promise to be the perfect way to improve your technical skills while having fun and exploring a foreign country.  And not forgetting having an exhibition in Italy to your name – as all participants’ works will be showcased in end-of-course exhibitions.

Noepoli PZ

Above: the village of Noepoli, idyllic setting of the painting workshops.  Below: the UNESCO heritage site of Matera, destination of the workshops’ art trips.

Matera UNESCO Palazzo Rinaldi

Workshop dates:

11th-18th August: Abstracting the Landscape

19th to 26th August: Adventures in Abstract Art

Download the full workshops’ brochure here

Both workshops are booking now but regrettably places are limited and filling fast.  To book please contact tutor Cora Murphy directly at cora[at]coramurphy.com

About Cora Murphy:

Cora Murphy

Originally from County Carlow, Cora travelled extensively for 15 years before returning to live in Ireland in 2007, when she abandoned conceptual art to focus on painting full time. Although abstract in form, Cora’s work is most usually described as landscape – as the work capture the essence and emotional significance she attaches to a place or time. While her influences are broad, the work is largely concerned with the natural world and our place in it. Cora takes her inspiration on the land – literally – walking the land, interacting with the community and generally immersing herself in the scene – a process she describes as ‘dropping down’ into the landscape – before documenting her response to the surroundings.

Since moving back to Ireland, Cora has made bodies of work in response to the Irish landscape – in the Kerry Gaeltacht (‘Ballads to the Bog‘), the Mayo Lakes (May 2011) and throughout the country – most recently in ‘Land of Plenty‘ (Origin, March 2011) – a celebration of the abundance of our land in spite of recesssion. Cora has also created bodies of work overseas – in Southern Italy (Sept. 2010) and Mexico (Oct – Nov. 2009).

Cora’s ‘Mexican Odyssey‘ – a body of work made while camping in the Baja Desert toured Ireland last year – initially premiering at The Mexican Embassy of Ireland (September 2011) with an opening by Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD – Minister for Arts, Heritage & The Gaeltacht – before touring to Origin Gallery in Dublin (October 2011) and University College Cork (November 2011).

The scale of Cora’s work tends to range from very small works on paper to large loquacious pieces created en plein air. Her methodology, while not entirely rigid, will usually involve creating the bones of larger piece on the flat outdoors with inks and heavy body acrylics before stretchering the piece back at the studio and introducing extensive layers of voluminous oils.

Colour and cogency are key concerns in Cora’s work – which tend towards the volumous in composition. Joash Woodrow, Turner, Kurt Jackson, Hughie O’Donoghue & Barrie Cooke are amongst Cora’s influences. Poets and their work are also a key influence.

http://www.coramurphy.com

Summer 2014 & new facilities

It’s that time of year again!!  We are delighted to announce that Palazzo Rinaldi is currently accepting applications for Summer 2014.  Between the end of June and early September, artists can choose to attend for a minimum of 5 nights, to a maximum of 2 weeks (Residencies) or one month (Retreats).  Artists also have the option to attend in a private apartment as part of the main Palazzo Rinaldi building, particularly useful if traveling with families or looking for a little more privacy.

Despite being committed to remaining a small, family-run location, Palazzo Rinaldi has organically grown and developed quite a bit since it first opened its doors back in 2008. With the help of the positive support and feedback from our Residents the three of us have worked as hard as possible to try and make it better every year.

In this blog post we wanted to quickly guide you through some new additions we were pleased to bring to the Residency last year, including a brand new self-catering kitchen for the exclusive use of our Residents.

self-catering

Despite being a remote, tiny little village Noepoli does have its own restaurant/ pizzeria, many bars, two bakeries and so on- all great places to socialise and get to meet local people.  However we felt it was very important for Residents to feel as independent as possible and truly ‘at home’ by cooking their own meals whenever they wished to, particularly when staying for a long period of time.  The feedback has been great over the last season and it was wonderful to see the kitchen become a new centre for aggregation and socialising among artists, cooking and sharing together.

self catering Rinaldi
Above: Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Marijke Loosjes and Anne Lillis.  Below (L-R): Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Jyoti Dugal, Mellisa Dempsey, Andy Nicholson, Dana Sederowsky, Marijke Loosjes, Simone Couto and Meghan Blosser.

eat Palazzo RinaldiAIRs kitchen Palazzo Rinaldi

This of course doesn’t mean that Pina’s wonderful home cooked breakfasts are going away– quite the opposite!  They are staying,by popular demand! :)

Palazzo Rinaldi breakfast

Palazzo Rinaldi food

Palazzo Rinaldi food
Above: Palazzo Rinaldi breakfast details, AIRs Tuula Voutilainen, Geranise Hurtis and Leonor Agan.

In addition to our existing two studios, this summer we were also pleased to open a third studio space filled with natural light and with direct access to our terrace.

Palazzo Rinaldi studio   studio Palazzo Rinaldi
AIR Palazzo Rinaldi  artists studio Palazzo Rinaldi
Palazzo Rinaldi AIRs Mellisa Dempsey (L) and Charlsie Kelly (R) at work in the studio

terrace Palazzo Rinaldi
view from the studio

We are so pleased we could bring these improvements to the Residency and look forward to unveiling more over the next few seasons.