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The foundation

Sabrina Zimei
Co-founders and members of the Steering Committee
Katia Zimei, Pasquale Zimei
Artistic director
Massimiliano Scuderi
Sabrina Zimei
Co-founders and members of the Steering Committee
Katia Zimei, Pasquale Zimei
Artistic director
Massimiliano Scuderi

Fondazione Zimei is a non-profit organization that has been set up in Pescara in 2014 by the Family Zimei, to give continuity to the values and actions of Antonio Zimei in a place designed for art and contemporary culture. The Foundation’s main aim is to promote contemporary art and to provide a space for dialogue and experimentation with a focus on the enhancement and support of young artists and curators as a part of a more extensive and detailed program of activities that include exhibitions, workshops, seminars, research and publishing in relationship with the territory where individual, social and territorial aspirations meet those coming from other international contexts, to establish productive synergies and collaborations, and to encourage cultural exchanges in an environment that is inclusive, dynamic, inspiring and open to dialogue.

The Foundation and the territory

With the belief that when local culture meets global culture, both reinforce (C. Geertz), the Foundation intends to work through processes that trigger virtuous circles and across-the-board dialogue in order to promote local talent and cooperation with international actors. To this end, the Foundation will act in cooperation with public and private institutions at various levels (local, national and international) and with the strong involvement of local realities including those of business and professional world.


Open meetings will be organized to facilitate the process of inclusion: seminars, workshops and thematic tables together with new media will represent the tools to design, connect, guide and monitor the activities of the Foundation and its partners.


In this way Fondazione Zimei intends to define the basis for the creation of a permanent design platform on the territory, while closely working with a network of international organizations dedicated to art and contemporary culture.


Familia is long term project by Zimei Foundation to promote contemporary art and to provide a space for dialogue, confrontation and experimentation to young artists, curators, critics, researchers, writers ecc for developing their artistic work and theorical research and to foster skills’ exchange and professional growth.


The artists are selected through an open calls regularly on the website…. and spread on art platforms or by invitation of curators, as well as through the Residency_application form submitted by artists and curators themselves. The Foundation will invite artists and curators in residence to partecipate to meeting, talks, debates, lectures.




Via Aspromonte s.n. – 65016 – Montesilvano colle


Organization and methods of participation

The Residence is open from first of May up to 15th of October and two turns of residences are planned of minimum 1 month: First from 15th May to 15th july; Second from 1th August to 1th October.

The Foundation offers :

  • a fee of 1000,00 euros monthly for hospitality and production expences, for a total ammount of 2000,00 euros for each artist in residence.
  • 3 independent apartments
  • 1 open space as co-working space of about 300 square meters for conferences
  • 2 Labs/ working studios
  • 1 computers room with wi-fi internet connection and 2 personal computers with design programs

Moreover residents will have a common kitchen (24 square meters). Every apartment can host maximum two/three people. The villa is located in a large garden that they could use respecting the nature that is grown.

During the stay in residence the selected artists and curators will receive a fee to cover accomodation and production expences. The travel costs from and to the Residence shall be borne to the artists and curators. If necessary artists and curators in residence for one month can be accompanied by technical staff and they could have a car only for shifts on site and the cost for fuel is borne by residents themselves.

For short periods artists could be in residence in other organizations in Italy or abroad, by agreement between the parts.

The artists will undertake not to expose the search results during the residence in any other institution and give an art work at the Foundation Collection Zimei, with regular transfer agreement.

At the end of each residence the work done will be presented to the public through a final exhibition.


Various public and semi-public encounters in form of lectures, conversations, symposia, or workshops are being organized. In due time, each project/research carried out by residents is presented to the public.


There are no restrictions of nationality or age. The candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of their research proposal and cv. Moreover Candidates are expected to have a considerable knowledge of modern and contemporary art history. Candidates are also expected to have experience in working in the art world. A basic knowledge of all practicalities connected to realising an exhibition project is expected. The candidate’s ability to speak and write English fluently is a prerequisite. If the ability to express oneself in English is considered to be insufficient, we strongly advise candidates to follow an intensive course before the start of the programme.

Required documentation

In case of self-candidacy, each applicant must fill in and submit the application form together with the following list of documents as attachments to under “Residency Application” in the subject line, or by mail at info@fondazionezimei.it:

For artists: portfolio of selected works, curriculum, project to be developed in the studio (.pdf format)
For critics, curators and researchers: curriculum and research project (.pdf format)


Residents are responsible for their own full­ coverage health insurance while in residency at our facilities as well as any kind of medical expences the residents may incur in during their stay for wich the Foundations can not be held responsible.

For further information please contact:
+39 380 144 38 16

Application form