The name NOA NOA is the title of Paul Gauguin’s travelogueoriginally conceived as commentary on his paintings and describing his experiences in Tahiti. He wrote “I have escaped everything that is artificial and conventional, here I enter into Truth, become one with nature”. So, the NOA NOA Art Residency evokes how the trip and the escape from the urban context have played an important role on the inspiration and development of Paul Gauguin’s artistic creativity.

We want to offer our Artists-in-residence the best conditions in order to develop their creativity in an environment surrounded by nature discovering East Indonesian culture, in Bali. The NOA NOA Art Residency’s identity stems from the necessity to guarantee an intimate, deep and free dialogue about art.

Our mission is to provide artists with a unique and personal growing experience, or the creation of new art works through an exploration combining observation, comparison and interaction with the artists’ own experience and the peculiar exotic nature. The aim is to bring artists from around the world to share skills and ideas in close contact with the Indonesian culture. International artists will interact to produce new works, taking part in events and workshops.

Our Artists-in-residence will be offered the opportunity to live and work in the charming nature of Bali, where new horizons, perceptions and creative processes will be stimulated. In particular the NOA NOA Art Residency is located in the centre of Seminyak, known as the most exclusive residential area in Bali in a strategic position between sacred temples and stunning tropical white sand beaches. Our Artists-in-residence are hosted in a tropical modern and minimalist villa offering an open concept lounge, a dining room, a pool area, a private gym and a sauna.

Our Artists-in-residence will work in our facilities, as well as in close contact with Indonesian art and nature. We will enable them to get in touch with the fast growing art scene in Bali encouraging long-lasting relationship between Bali and foreign cultures. The NOA NOA Art Residency, as a lab of experimental art, provides the chance and space for our Artists-in-residence to carry out research and development. The Residency offers contacts with local artists, promotion for local art environments, and creates conditions of interaction across different fields and geographical areas.

The NOA NOA Art Residency is particularly beneficial to artists who consider restorative living in a peculiar natural setting.

Our Artists-in-residence will be asked to follow a three weeks calendar, called “Artist’s Pocket Diary”, based on:

  • Work Plan: artists will produce new art works in studio
  • Cultural Schedule: artists will get in touch with the local and stimulating cultural environment through planned tours
  • Activities: artists will meet professional people attending talks, workshops and meetings

Our Artists-in-residence have the opportunity to take part in two group exhibitions:

  • The former will be held in Bali on July 20th 2018. Artists will show their works made during the NOA NOA Art Residency.
  • The latter will be held in Italy at Martina’s Gallery within December 2018. Exact opening day will be chosen during the NOA NOA Art Residency in Bali according to our artists’ availability.


The NOA NOA Art Residency is open to visual artists, throughout the world with professional standing in their fields and emerging artists of recognized eligible ability for Residency.

The NOA NOA Art Residency is open to young or professional artists and it is based on a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for people regardless of race, sex, colour, religion, creed and nationality.

Each artist can take part to the NOA NOA Art Residency with three art works as requested in the application form on Art works may have been previously exhibited.

The sections are: painting, drawing and illustration, installation, photographic art, video art, digital art.


To be eligible to enter in the selection:

  • applicants must be at least nineteen years old*
  • applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their experience
  • applicants should have taken part in a group exhibition
  • applicants should have taken part in a solo exhibition
  • applicants’ application form must be submitted in the correct format on and by the given deadline March 31th 2018 at 11.59pm

* students currently in a degree-granting program are accepted


The selection of Artists-in-residence will be made by a committee of four professionals who will choose among the following categories:

  • Martina CorbettaJury Forewoman
  • Roberto Pisoni, Head of Sky Arte
  • Rossella FarinottiCurator and Art Critic, owner of LabRouge
  • Matteo Bergamini, Journalist at Exibart

Artists are assessed on the basis of their artistic abilities, objectives, achievement and creative potential.

The Jury’s decisions are irrevocable and unquestionable.

The NOA NOA Art Residency offers, in addition to hospitality, an agenda based on a weekly schedule to encourage our Artists-in-residence to approach exploration, research and creativity. This is the Artist’s Pocket Diary” that will accompany our Artists-in-residence in three weeks time under the supervision of a tutor.

The program is focused on three points:

  • Work Plan
  • Cultural Schedule
  • Activities

A detailed program will be announced to our Artists-in-residence on in May 2018.


The NOA NOA Art Residency offers our Artists-in-residence a large space, a studio to carry out their research and creative experiments working personally and freely.

The Work Plan provides days entirely dedicated to artistic production and working days combined with meetings, labs and other activities specified in the Activities section.

The NOA NOA Art Residency provides our Artists-in-residence with special equipment such as oil, tempera, acrylic, ink, watercolour, graphite, pencil, collage as well as any support such as canvas, paper, wood, plastic and iron.

The four selected artists must send by e-mail the list of the art material required by the end of April 2018 in order to allow us to provide everything. If artists prefer to use particular brands of art material they must bring their own items.

During the three weeks stay our Artists-in-residence will be supported by a tutor who will guide them in their personal experience. The tutor will also define the work plan of each Artists-in-residence. Both the tutor and our Artists-in-residence will pay attention to every single detail (size, number of art works, technique) in order to create art works which will be exhibited on July 20th 2018 at the end of the NOA NOA Art Residency experience.


The Cultural Schedule plans days to discover the attractions of the area with tours focused on a full immersion in nature and culture.

Our Artists-in-residence will visit towns and villages in Bali.

Our Artists-in-residence walk through the centuries-old terraced rice fields in order to enjoy a multitude of shades of green.

The charm of Bali extends to its pervading spirituality in a dense network of liturgical occasions, offerings, prayers, nature, people and craftworks.

Our Artists-in-residence will have the opportunity to visit:

  • Batuan a village noted for its art work and style of painting which originated in the village in the 1930s and has since emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan Painting. It is a major painting centre and contains a number of art galleries and cooperative art societies which have played a key role in promoting the art of Batuan. The village is also known for its performance of the ancient Gambuh dance, performed every Full Moon Day. There are two temples on the Western part of the village which are known as Pura Puseh and Pura Dasar. These temples are built in classical Balinese temple architecture style with elaborate carvings. Visitors are given vermilion sarong to wear during the visit to the temples. The town is also popular for carved teak wood furnishings. The village also has a fat Buddha statue (called the Fat Baby Statue) at the cross road from Sakah to Blahbatu facing east.
  • Batubulan where local artists make stone sculptures.
  • Ubud a town in central Bali is far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta, and is regarded as the cultural centre of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found, and a general feeling of well being to be enjoyed, all thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.
  • Uluwatu is a place on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. It is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple and is the number four surf destination in the world for surfers of all abilities. The name Uluwatu comes from ulu, meaning lands end, and watu, meaning rock.
  • Tanah Lot is a rock formation where our Artists- in-residence can admire beautiful sunsets and typical Kecak dancing, the symbol of the eternal struggle between Good and Evil. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot (literally Tanah Lot temple), a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.


Our Artists-in-residence will have days devoted to activities.

Our Artists-in-residence will be involved in creative labs, talks and dialogues, visits, meetings and seminar modules organized with national and international experts, artists, craftsmen.

The Residency provides contacts, lectures, presentations, workshops and open studios for deep interaction among artists and the public.

Our Artists-in-residence are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their staying in the NOA NOA Art Residency working freely.

Research and project laboratory will be under the guidance of a tutor.