Studio ARTCO operates in an architectural complex rich in fascination and history:
-In 1561, there were fish ponds for the trout farming of the adjacent Medici Palace, built by Cosimo I of the Medici on architect Buontalenti's project.
-In 1788, an iron mill and a rolling mill were built, the property of the Magona.
-In 1847, after the demolition of the iron factory, English businessman Walton built the great marble sawmill still preserved, which became Dalgas property, then Pellerano, to be permanently closed after the flood of 1996.
-In 1999 the building was purchased by Artco to become a site for the art work creation, given in use to the Arkad Foundation for the development of cultural activities.
Since 2002 the ARKAD Foundation collaborates with a network of public bodies: Regions, Provinces, Municipalities, Associations, Societies, Banking Foundations, Universities and Public and Private Academies. Organize exhibitions, events, conferences and symposia; it carries out cultural exchanges with other artistic realities in the world, promotes editorial projects and guarantees training and hospitality for artists living in the structure. The Arkad Foundation has collaborated with national and international bodies such as:
- Regione Toscana
- Comune di Seravezza
- Associazione Culturale Metropolis, Lucca
- Ideal Party, Camaiore
- Fondazione KOMAN, Istanbul
- Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
- Hualien Cultural Centre, Hualien
- Associazione Cibart, Seravezza
- Museo Ugo Guidi, Forte dei Marmi