Villa Lena Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting international contemporary artists working in art, music, film, literature, fashion and other creative disciplines and fostering opportunities for multi-disciplinary dialogue. The element of collaboration and exchange is one of the founding principals of the Foundation, with the hope that by bringing together different areas of practice, we will generate new creative outlooks, unparalleled research and exciting new impulses.
The artist residency co-exists on the Villa Lena Estate with the guest accommodation, farm-to-table restaurant and agricultural domains. The resident artists become part of the community life and are welcomed to participate in the agricultural activities such as the grape harvest for wine, olive harvest for oil, truffle hunting in the autumn and foraging in the woods for wild delicacies. The restaurant on site operates farm-to-table concept, with fresh ingredients grown in one of the Villa Lena kitchen gardens or sourced from local producers. The restaurant also runs a chef-in-residency program with a rotation of international chefs whose cooking principles align with the organic and sustainable concepts of Villa Lena.