ART INCONTRO offers cultural programs in Italy for people with an interest in visual art and craft and a desire to find time and inspiration for their own creative projects and interests.
Set in locations of historic and natural beauty, ART INCONTRO provides a rare opportunity to develop ideas and skills while living in ancient Italian centres. The programs combine excursions with art workshops in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, natural dyeing and bookmaking.
ART INCONTRO programs are open to all skill levels, including people with no previous art experience. The art workshops are flexible and participants may also use these sessions for other activities, such as photography, reading or writing.
ART INCONTRO’s philosophy is based on small, slow and responsible travel, with a focus on personal interaction with Italian artists, artisans and local residents. Groups are small with numbers, ranging from eight to fourteen participants, allowing for a personal and responsive itinerary.
ART INCONTRO is also tailored for people who appreciate a degree of autonomy and who wish to experience something of genuine Italian living. For this reason, the programs are often based in apartment accommodation reflecting the character of the communities in which we live.
ART INCONTRO is mainly self-catering and provides opportunities for group meals and market shopping so we can discover wonderful regional produce and local specialties.
ART INCONTRO was established in 1999 by Italian Australian artist, Lucia Parrella who facilitates the programs in Italy in partnership with Italian artists and artisans. Lucia has wide-ranging professional experience in the fields of adult education, community and cultural development and arts administration. As a practicing artist, Lucia makes prints, artists’ books and collaborative installations, and has curated exchange exhibitions between Italy and Australia. She has exhibited regularly since 1997 and her work is represented in public collections in both countries. Lucia’s qualifications include a BA from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University. In 1997 Lucia spent 12 months in Venice and Naples as the recipient of the Frederick May Foundation Scholarship for Italian Studies. She returns to Italy each year to conduct, develop and research the ART INCONTRO programs, to focus on her own art practice and to visit her extended family.