BR Whiting Studio
Location: Rome, Italy
Artform: Literature (includes arts writers, playwrights and librettists)
Length of residency: 6 months
Dates: August 2018 – January 2019; February – July 2019
Grant amount: $20,000
About BR Whiting
The BR Whiting Studio is an apartment in the Roman neighbourhood of Trastavere. The apartment was bequeathed to the Australia Council by Lorri Whiting, the wife of writer B.R. ‘Bertie’ Whiting, originally for the benefit of Australian poets. Poets are encouraged to apply for the residency. The studio contains a collection of more than 2,000 books that have been added to over the years by previous residents.
The BR Whiting Studio residency is an opportunity for artists to direct their own program of activity and expand their practice and networks in Rome. Rome is a city rich in history, culture and religion. There are many opportunities for a writer to connect with bookshops, literary societies, universities, academics and translators. Artists are encouraged to make contacts prior to the commencement of their residency so they can hit the ground running. A number of previous residents have organised readings through universities and institutions such as the Keats Shelley House.
Accommodation and workspace
The apartment is in a security building within walking distance from Roma Trastevere train station, and close to the River Tiber. A short distance away is the old district of Trastevere, which alongside its historic significance, boasts some of the best pizzerias and bars in Rome.
The apartment consists of a spacious multi-purpose room, a bedroom, bathroom, and library annexe. A door from the main room leads onto a leafy terrace that overlooks the rooftops of Rome and its surrounding hills. The main room contains the kitchen and dining area, a desk, sofa, sofa bed, storage cupboard (containing vacuum cleaner, ironing board etc), coffee table, electric heater and wood stove. There is also a printer and a television. The bedroom contains a clothes cupboard and a double bed. Bed linen and blankets are supplied. There is a washing machine in the bathroom, a telephone and ADSL internet connection. Residents are responsible for the cleaning of the apartment and for the purchase of cleaning materials.
Access and Inclusion
The BR Whiting studio is not wheelchair accessible, and has limited flexibility regarding physical access needs. A guide dog, and/or a carer could accompany the artist for the residency, as the living quarters could accommodate two people. Please contact Amber McCulloch, Project Officer Residencies, on 02 9215 9336 or email@example.com to discuss your specific needs.