In 2011 The Blank initiated a program of artist residencies: The Blank Residency. The idea fits perfectly with the association’s aims of spreading and widening passion and curiosity for contemporary art and its concept of network among institutions (museums, arts academies, galleries, not-for-profit spaces) but even among people. The residency program’s goal is to structure different projects, both by invitation and by open call, in order to provide hospitality and a place to Italian and international artists and contemporary art theoreticians over a medium-to-long term, and offering them accommodation and facilitating relationships to develop artistic research, both pratical and theoretical, with the aim of facilitating ideas and experiences exchange and of offering a professional development. The aim of The Blank Residency is also to create an international network of residencies, which supports the networking of artists of all nationalities.
The first project of The Blank Residency was The Blank Artist in Residence – Fondazione Banca Popolare di Bergamo, which is characterized by the collaboration with the Bergamo’s Accademia di Belle Arti G. Carrara, the museum GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, and the support of Fondazione Banca Popolare di Bergamo. The artist selected for this project was the Dutch Remco Torenbosch who in 2012 spent 3 months in Bergamo. Every year The Blank Residency offers open call projects to support the development of ideas and projects.