SUPERBLAST offers the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi to artistic experimentation and reflection on human action as a trace, imprinted in history, places and time.


It seeks artists who can freely develop their research to create works that blend with the context that welcomes them, accompanying them in the interdisciplinary and formative dialogue with critics and curators.


Activates a series of relationships with the cultural fabric of Florence, promoting the dialogue between public, contemporary and historical spaces and the construction of a collective memory.


SUPERBLAST is a competition for the assignment of six residencies to six multidisciplinary artists who will develop artistic projects in full formal freedom and in dialogue with the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi.

SUPERBLAST is aimed at individual artists or collectives under 40 years of age. It offers them a platform for action and expression, supports production and offers an ecosystem of relationships that focuses on the enhancement of artistic practice.

Each winning artist will receive:

  • € 5.000 for the production of their work, a production studio and accommodation for the period of residence;
  • a three-month residency at Manifattura Tabacchi, from May to July 2022, which will start with a workshop together with leading figures in the world of contemporary art and culture and will continue with studio visits, meetings and open studios;
  • the possibility to exhibit their work in the final collective exhibition and a publication at the end of the residency;
  • the support of an author, in order to create the editorial content for the editorial project.

The residencies will be part of a cultural program taking place at Manifattura Tabacchi – and open to the community – that will allow artists to establish a relationship of exchange with the city.