Each Fellow receives a private room and bathroom and has access to a study or studio twenty-four hours a day.
“On my first morning there, I woke up marveling at how huge my room was. I was in Granaio. I actually paced off the room and timed with my smart phone how many minutes and seconds it took to walk the length of it; then I wrote a poem about this being the largest room I had ever slept in (if you don’t count sleeping under the stars). A lot of my poems have an indoor setting, so that was a good way to start writing. I must say I’ve been unusually lucky in my life, but the peace and beauty of Civitella lifted me to new heights of gratitude.“Billy Collins (DG 2015)
Studies are often connected to the sleeping quarters. Because most of the studios are housed within the castle, the typical ‘white box’ studio space does not exist, but is replaced with wonderfully odd and peculiar spaces based on the medieval structure of the castle itself. Each study has corkboard for pinning up work and most have sinks. Composers have studios with pianos or keyboards, synthesizers, and recording and listening equipment.
“When I arrived at Civitella in 2008 I was mainly working as a photographer and had never had my own studio before. Having a proper studio space to myself during my time there made me resolve to immediately find a studio at home in Johannesburg, which I did in 2009. As evidenced by my answer to what I am working on above, this has been hugely influential to my practice and allowed me to explore multiple new ways of working.”Mikhael Subotzky (Fellow 2008)