History and Program
Villa Flora Artist in Residency Program (in Slovenian: Likovna kolonija Villa Flora) was founded by Slovenian painter Tja a Iris in 2007. It hosted its first session in August - September 2008 and its second session in August - September 2009.
Villa Flora Artist in Residence Program serve to promote creative exploration and exchange among persons of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. It is historically the first Artist in Residence Program in Slovenia. The first in Slovenia to which artists from all over the world can apply to. It is suitable to artists who wish to change their environment for a couple of weeks and find inspiration in a new environment.
Villa Flora community of lively creators offers an inspirational and interactive setting for the Villa Flora Artist-In-Residence Program.
The selection is made by the founder - owner - painter Tja a Iris and a rotating group of diverse artists, academics, critics and others that nominates potential candidates.
The aim is to make the Pre-coastal Slovenian art sceene more vibrant as well as to contribute in the international exchange of artists and ideas: Slovenia / the rest of the world.
The residencies at Villa Flora are available for all disciplines of art and welcome visual artists, writers, poets, theatre groups, dancers, musicians, critics, curators, designers, architects...
Villa Flora is located in Branik (Italian: Rifembergo, German: Reifenberg) a village in western Slovenia in the municipality of Nova Gorica. Near Italian border. Half an hour from Trieste, an hour from Ljubljana, an hour and a half from Venice.
Member of International Artist-in-Residence Organizations
Some of the Villa Flora Past Guest Artists
Diek Grobler (South Africa) http://www.art.co.za/diekgrobler/default.htm, http://www.fopspeen.co.za/, Mary Melilli (U.S.A.) http://www.marymelilli.com/, Anna Puhakka (Finland)http://www.annapuhakka.com/, Yeo Shih Yun http://shihyunyeo.com/.
From the Press
- Villa Flora Artist in Residency Program, video, in Slovenian: Likovna kolonija Villa Flora, TV Primorka, 30. 08. 2008 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9159m_villa-flora-artist-in-residency-pro_creation
- LIKOVNA KOLONIJA VILLA FLORA - 25. August 8. September 2008, si21.com, 27. 08. 2008 http://www.si21.com/news.php?id=63377
- Likovna kolonija z naslovom trije kozmopolitski umetniki three cosmopolitan artists, si21.com, 31.08.2009 http://www.si21.com/news.php?id=67178
- Art Jam Session@Branik: Slikarski dogodek s Shih Yun Yeo (SG) in Katjo Pal (SI), 11.05.2010, http://www.si21.com/?action=news&nid=67178