Villa R is an exclusive private residency for artists, one of the first international point of reference for contemporary art in the city of Messina, Sicily.
It was designed in 1990 by the two owners, Iolanda Vacalebre and Nicola Rustica, whom have over the years used the villa for artistic and musical productions, organizing several evenings with poetry, performance and other creative activities.
Since April 2013, Iolanda and Nicola decided to offer most of the spaces of the villa for intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange with professionals (both foreign and Italian). These activities aim especially to the creation of new projects and artworks in a stimulating environment, in contact with other artists and with nature.
This is an exclusive opportunity to develop new ideas in a wide, beautiful and meditative location, far from the distracting vibes of the big city. The residence has wide space for artistic production of any size and media.
Villa R offers a great view on the sea, valley and Eolie Islands. Artists have the possibility to work both in a light atelier of 80 square meters, with big windows, or outside with a space of about 2000 square meters, directly in contact with the earth, without limits of dimentions and media of work.
There is space to accomodate all artists in comfortable and spacious rooms (single or double). The distance from the villa to a very popular seaside is about 4km .The villa is on accessible distance from touristic destinations such as Milazzo, Taormina, Etna volcano and direct transports to Eolie Islands.
Villa R Team:
– Giuditta R: Director of Villa R residency program. International visual artist based in Berlin www.giuditta-r.com
– Iolanda Vacalebre: sculptor, professor at the Fine Art Academy in Reggio Calabria; Lead singer of the ethno-world music band Isola www.isolamusic.it.
– Nicola Rustica: visual artist, painter and musician (guitarist) of the band Isola.
Have a virtual tour through Villa R’s atmosphere and surroundings. Video by Bara Jochova, New York based artist and filmmaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IFZB4vS7YE&feature=youtu.be
Follow Villa R’s activities on Fb: https://www.facebook.com/villa.rartistsresidence?fref=ts
and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYYmNUXrvkNwlbAs4uqe9fg
Have also a glimpse at Villafranca’s beach, with artists in residency Rachel Hastings, Ebony Utley and Krystal Cooper (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MqpUfQCvGI&feature=youtu.be