The Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte
The Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte was founded in Banna, near Turin, in 2004, with the goal of contributing to the promotion of contemporary art and music by means of an articulate program of workshops and residencies dedicated to young artists approaching profession. All of the Spinola Banna Foundation's workshops are documented and recorded on video and audio in the "Quaderni Banna" or Banna Notebooks.
The Visual Arts section has given rise to a post-degree training programme for artists under 35 working throughout the national territory, with special focus given to artists from the Piedmont region. Every year, two or more intensive workshops are held, from spring to late autumn, as well as a series of meetings and conferences on the key issues within the contemporary debate. Since 2010 the traditional end-of-course exhibition has been replaced by an annual group show, meaning that the works on display (produced especially for the event), are the outcome of a selection of projects proposed by the artists who followed the workshops during the previous year. The workshops are led by artists of an international standing, and each workshop may be frequented by up to eight young people, who (together with the visiting professor) are hosted in the Foundation’s own spaces for the duration of the workshop. The facilities, designed to include large common areas (both for work and recreation) foster contact and comparison between participants, while still guaranteeing the degree of privacy necessary for study and reflection. Each workshop may be attended by one disabled artist, for whom special equipment and services are available.
Since the academic year 2007/2008, the Foundation has had an agreement with the ‘clasAV’, the post-graduate degree course in the planning and production of visual arts offered by the IUAV University in Venice: two clasAV students per year take part in the workshops organised by the Foundation, and thereby gain university study credits. A similar agreement was stipulated in 2010 with the two-year post-graduate course in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at the Naba, the New Fine Arts Academy of Milan.
In 2007, with the launch of the Progetto Musica, the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte started a new line of work specifically dedicated to contemporary music, with the aim of encouraging creation and promotion of new works, help developping talents and give visibility to the most interesting experiences in the field of contemporary music, a sector specially open to new generations and future challenges.
Every year, in agreement with a tutor chosen among the most important international composers, two young and talented composers are selected; the Foundation commisions them a chamber music piece for a given ensemble. During composition, authors are in the care of the tutor, who accompanies them along an individualized route with many analysis and confrontation moments, from the beginning to the end of writing phase. Within the end of the year complete scorse are sent to the performers for the preliminary study.
During Spring of the following year the workshop takes place, a week-long full residency hosted in the building of the Foundation. During this period, which encompasses in-depth sessions and a tight agenda of rehersal with the ensemble and under the supervision of the tutor, young composers have the precioous opportunity of selecting, perfecting and make their musical ideas become reality. The group work materializes, at the end of the residency, in the first performance of the commissioned works, during a concert held in the concert hall of the Foundation, in the presence of promoters, journalists and important personalities of the Italian musical scene.