BR Whiting Studio

Location: Rome, Italy

Art form: Literature (includes arts writers, playwrights and librettists)

Length of residency: 6 months

Dates: 1 August 2017 – 29 January 2018, 12 February – 13 August 2018

Grant amount: $20,000

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 over 2,000 books that have been added to over the years by previous residents.

Residency Opportunity

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 and pleasant 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. Residents are responsible for the cleaning of the apartment and for the purchase of cleaning materials. The apartment must be left in the same state in which residents found it. There is a washing machine in the bathroom, a telephone and ADSL internet connection. 


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 Sanja Simic, Project Officer – Residencies, on 02 9215 9336 or s.simic@australiacouncil.gov.au to discuss your specific needs.


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