Artemista: rural architecture & artistic activities
Description: The Cultural Association ARTEMISTA deals with artistic, cultural, environmental and social educational projects. It was born out of the gathering of artists coming from music, theater, comics, photo, video. Artemista is established within Cascina Castello, an ancient agricultural building of the XVIII century, with some parts dating back before the X, turned into a hostel and a cultural center of exhibition and artistic production. Located in Spessa, a timeless rural area which lies directly on the fields leading to the forests and beaches of the river Po, in front of the green hills of Oltrepo’ Pavese, the place has preserved an ancient natural beauty, with open spaces, away from the current compressed condition of heavily urbanized areas, though it is near Milan, a European metropolis.
Type of Work: The main work will be the restructuring of the room for theater and dance of the Cultural Center. Located in the oldest part of the farmhouse (previous 1.000), it has walls in brick and vaults. We will take care of the treatment of the walls and installation of electrical systems. Another work will be the arrangement of the warehouses of the association.
Study Theme: We will investigate more thoroughly on rural architecture and restructuring works, compatible with historic buildings, also referring to the analysis of Cascina Castello project. We’ll organize excursions on the environs and drama, music and comics activities.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in the dormitories of Artemista Hostel. The cleaning of common areas, rooms and kitchen will be organized on turns. For accommodation the hostel will provide the sheets, while the volunteers must bring their own towels for the bathroom.
Language: The language of the camp is English.
Requirements: We ask volunteers to be motivated and have a predisposition to manual work.
Approximate Location: The camp will take location in a very isolated area called Cascina Castello in the small municipality of Spessa, 40km from Milano and 20km from Pavia.
Notes: In the day off we can go in group in cities or go swimming in the river Trebbia, on the appennino piacentino. Volunteers should bring towels and the need for the bath. For the work is necessary that each volunteer bring work gloves and dresses for work.
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