I got contacted by The Banditto Residency in Italy. Did some research and got in touch with 2 artists who had been invited to go.
they ask people to apply but apparently end up inviting artists who already have a bit of exposure.
so is the process legit ? the fee just a mean to make a little extra ?
they have no press. seems quite fishy but i’d love to hear some other feedbacks.
100% SCAM DO NOT SEND $$!!!
Whoever actually programs these algorithms to find “artist” info has been switching the fee amounts, curator names, and email contacts around for over 3 years now. I’ve found articles all over like this after searching Instragram for the profiles of the one who contacted me.
Roy Ockers may be a real dude with a real life, ans the gallery may be a real place, but whether they or a 3rd party is behind the scam I cannot say. I have NO CONNECTION to these entities and live on an entirely different continent!
Please keep researching before replying or sending money to ANYONE. Real legit galleries have 1,000s of artists clamoring to participate at high costs, so when “THEY” find YOU first, A L W A Y S Q U E S T I O N IT.
This is what I received today..
We have you in our database as an artist. I have had a lot of free time on my hands because of the restrictions here in Italy.. 🙁
I’ve been using this time to update our lists and in the meantime get to know some of the artists personally. Are you still creating art?
If so, I would love to see what you are working on. Are you on Instagram or do you have a website I can look at?
I hope you and your family are doing well. Stay safe.
Greetings from beautiful Tuscany,
Hi I got this personal invite from Roy:
I hope you and your family are safe and well. As you probably already know, we host artist residencies in Tuscany Italy. Every quarter we have one winner who joins us in Montefollonico for 10 days.
(I have attached a document with further details for you)
Because we have been in touch, I would like to personally invite you to apply for our new round. I have seen your work and think you’re a great candidate for the residency program!
If you are chosen as the successful applicant, we will schedule the dates with you for when it suits you, even if that be later this year or next year.
Please let me know if you’re interested, and if so, when would it be best for you to visit us?
I have been contacted this year and last year as well.
Last year he gave me a discount saying that my art fits very well and bla bla, this year as well, he send me personally some mails early this year to ask me to follow him on Instagram and asking me how i was dealing with the situation as an artist, etc. Very charming and friendly but always was very weird for me. Why this person is so interested?
A month later he send me another mail inviting me to participate this year again, he told me that there was not too many artist enrolled this year so i should definitely participate because i had “big” chances.
It seems that he does this kind on things with a lot of people. This is so unfair, he’s playing with artist making them believe that they’re about to achieve a big thing and is all bullshit. So annoying
I’m also being “courted” by Roy Ockers of the Banditto Residency. He is very responsive and charming and does actually look at your art work. One has to decide if they want to”pay to play” and although I usually say NO to artists paying for things like this- – it is possible that doing one or two of these residencies will lead to to other things. It’s really a personal decision. My last residency at the Chateau Orquevaux, in France was inspiring and I met two other artists that are now very close friends. It was a fntastc exoerience ans[d well worth the $1,500 euros that I spent to stay for two weeks.