BAU Institute Puglia Residency

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Located in the Southern Adriatic region of Italy, the Residency is a working retreat for scholars and professionals in the arts. It provides time and inspirational space to make new work, generate fresh ideas, and pursue completion of projects in progress. This singular opportunity in an ancient rural locale provides a haven for three weeks of intensive creative work. This Residency is offered to 10 Fellows from June 13 through July 4.


The Puglia Residency is located in a beautifully restored, 16th Century stone Masseria in the Salento countryside. The extensive grounds include landscaped gardens, covered terraces, oversized swimming pool, and paths for strolling or biking through hectares of centenarian olive groves. The Masseria is also a working farm, producing much of the fresh produce for our meals. A small seaside village with fresh markets and restaurants is located 1 km from the Masseria. The baroque city of Lecce is a 15-minute drive.


Residents live in individual private rooms and suites with AC, wi-fi, private bathrooms and twice-weekly cleaning service. The airy, white washed units each open onto terraces or covered patios and gardens. Additional buildings include a large common room and a spacious reading room with comfortable chairs and tables. Wi-fi is also available throughout the property. During the 3-week Residency, a daily full, international breakfast, and twelve gourmet dinners will be served. All on-site meals feature locally produced, regional Pugliese specialties prepared by the Masseria's "Mama Chef." Fellows take their morning and evening meals in the well-appointed communal dining room open to the Masseria’s traditional farm kitchen and large terrace. Vegetarian choices are available at all meals. BAU also prepares light weekday lunches served poolside or made-available as “brown-bag” takeaways.

Writers and artists are welcome to work throughout the extensive olive groves, flowering gardens, forested areas and varied picturesque natural grounds of the farmstead. There are no individual indoor studios for artists, however the Masseria also offers several beautiful covered loggia that provide ample, private workspace areas on flat tables and standing easels (provided by BAU). For writers, there are also several large, comfortably appointed, interior rooms with tables within the main buildings. Guided excursions to cultural sites—such as Lecce and the 9th Century walled city of Otranto—are also included. BAU’s Directors will be on-site throughout the Residency. A single trip for artist's materials and van transport for local shopping is also available.


 ONGOING- Applications are accepted until full 
 NOTIFICATION: On a rolling basis. Your application will be examined as soon as it's received. Your admissions decision will be sent to you by email shortly after your application is received (usually within one week of receipt of your application). Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Application Fee $30
 Full Payment is due 10 days after acceptance 
 After May 1st this payment is NON-REFUNDABLE.


June 13th – July 4th


The Residency Fee includes private rooms and bathrooms and meals as described.

  • The cost for the larger suites equipped with kitchenettes is 3,000 Euros
  • The cost for the rooms without the kitchenettes is 2,750 Euros

All payments in U.S. Dollars are subject to current exchange rates.

The number of rooms is limited, therefore the assignment of larger vs smaller rooms will be based on a first come/first served acceptance basis. As listed above, the fees for either rooming option include full use of the facilities (including the pool and acres of gardens, daily breakfast, twelve evening meals, weekday lunches, use of bicycles, twice-weekly room cleaning, and special weekend cultural and seaside excursions). Please state your room price preference in your letter of intent. 


BAU Institute welcomes international applicants at all career levels. The residency supports the development of creative work and scholarship in the Visual Arts, Writing, Performance. The residency may accommodate up to 10 individual Fellows. A panel of arts professionals determines selection.No applications will be accepted from current full time students.


No guests, spouses, partners, children or pets may be in residence, lodge with, or visit Residents during the period of the Residency. This policy helps maintain the community’s undivided focus on creative production and cultural enrichment and upholds BAU’s mission of providing artists with retreats from life’s routine distractions and responsibilities.


Upload your submission following instructions on this page. Find the application form link at the end of these guidelines.

Have the following 5 items ready before starting your submission:

  1. CV or Resume
    in PDF format
  2. A letter of intent:
    Specify category: Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Performance. Describe the work you plan to undertake while in residence, and how the specific nature of this residency will benefit your work in PDF format. Please state your room price preference in your letter of intent. 
  3. Documentation of your work:
    You may submit either JPG images, text-based files in PDF format, or video depending on your discipline
  4. Professional references
    Name, Title (if applicable), and Email address of 2 professional references who may be contacted. Do not send letters unless requested.
  5. Application fee

Submit in only one of the following disciplines:

Visual Arts
Painting, installation, photography, or drawing:
1. Seven JPEG images at 72 dpi, 1 MB maximum file size each. Number images as in the Work Sample List. Do NOT submit Powerpoint, TIFF, Gif or PSD files.
2. Work sample list in PDF format only: title, year, size, medium and optional brief synopsis for each of the 7 JPEGs.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, screenwriting, playwriting:
1.A PDF, doc, or docx formatted sample. For poets, no more than 8 pages of unpublished or published recent work; for prose writers, no more than 20 pages of double-spaced recent material. Samples must include title(s), year of publication (if applicable). Please mark this information at the top of each page. A 75-word introduction to submitted writing samples may also be included but is not required.

Performance, choreography, video, theatre, sound, music, spoken word:
1. Links to two video excerpts. Mark only 3-minutes of each piece you would like the jury to review.
2. Work sample list in PDF format only: title, year, medium and brief synopsis for each video.
Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Please email questions to:
Good luck with your application!