The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Mario Rizzi

 "Both the Palestinian and the Israeli society are complex entities or, better, a system of parallel co-existing societies: for an outsider it is easy to remain on the surface, to get aware of the shell without ever getting to the core. Spending a large period of time in the area, especially while with Al-Ma'mal's artist-in-residence program in 2006, has allowed me to have a more intense exchange of ideas and consequently a deeper awareness of the hidden dynamics in human relations, which have logically benefited the work. In a social context where everybody lacks of something, materially and emotionally, the artist tried to concentrate on the events of individuals who can be considered the ultimate “other”, the exception as a hope for the totality. In the artist’s view, focusing on individuals who are exceptional or “different” by definition, contributes to underlining the importance of difference in a mature democratic society and the non-sense of any elitist separation or discrimination. No space whatsoever is anyway given in the work to any kind of political statement. The work is about singular individuals and their life stories. All these stories, assembled together, interact with each other in a complex puzzle of multifaceted humanity. The artist’s personal everyday experience in the area spontaneously flows in the work as an autobiographic element."

-Mario Rizzi, from the concept of Neighbours (working title).


Born in Berletta, Italy in 1962, Mario Rizzi now lives and works in Turin and Berlin.

Selected Solo Exhibitions: MART - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Rovereto e Trento, Italy, 2004; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland, 2001.

Selected Group Exhibitions: This Day, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007; The London Palestine Film Festival 2007, Barbican Centre, London, UK, 2007; World Factory, Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, USA, 2007; Art, Life & Confusion, 47th October Salon, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006.