a residency for artists, writers, individuals + groups

Joya: AiR (Artist in Residence)

Since 2009 Joya: AiR has invited and hosted in excess of 500 artists providing them with a creative environment free from distraction in one of Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions. Joya: AiR is an interdisciplinary residency based at Cortijada Los Gázquez, an ‘off-grid’ eco-destination, in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez, in the north of the province of Almería, Andalucía. The Joya: AiR programme was founded by Simon and Donna Beckmann with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. They believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years. This is one of the sunniest regions of Europe receiving over 3000 hours of sunlight a year. Daytime summer temperatures are warm/hot, outside nightly temperatures are warm, making this a dramatic environment. Cortijada Los Gázquez is a creative hub where there is always an inspirational environment of knowledgeable and informed thinking around all creative disciplines. Artists will have use of a studio space and 20 hectares of land. Accommodation (private room with attached bathroom) and meals are included as is collection and return to the nearest public transport system. Working languages: English and Spanish

Disciplines and media:

Interdisciplinary:

Visual Art / Sculpture / Ceramics (enquire before applying) / Dance / Theatre / Performing Arts / Music / Writing / Educational Programmes / New Media / Curatorial / Film Making /

Type of organisation:

Independent not for profit association/foundation

Application:

Joya: AiR is currently accepting applications in Spanish and English only.

Residency period:

The length of the residency would be 1 to 2 weeks (longer periods are available)

Next application deadline:

Saturday September the 16th 2017

Residency period:

1st October to the 31st December 2017

Conditions:

The Joya: AiR residency has a subsidised fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio. Note* in the event of an artist not being able to take up a residency opportunity they have accepted (and paid their deposit) we retain their fee for the next opportunity they can be in residence.

Accompanying friends and family:

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject  to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).

Application form:

Sending

If you are experiencing problems with this application form please e-mail the same information to  simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com

GROUP RESIDENCY PROGRAMME

As an ‘arts led field research centre’ Joya: arte + ecología extends the opportunity of a residency to students/groups so that they can share the experience many other universities have enjoyed over the past four years.We have successfully hosted (and repeat) group residencies from the following universities… University of London, Goldsmiths MFA. University of the Arts London, Camberwell MA, Chelsea BA MA, Wimbledon BA MA. Buckinghamshire BA. Free University of Berlin BA MA Earth Sciences. The Slade School of Art BA. Manchester School of Art BA. Aberystwyth BA. University of Granada Ldo. MA. We have agreements of cooperation and collaboration with the last two of these universities. We have recently made a short video with artist Miranda Whall and some of her students from Aberystwyth.

What a group residency can offer:

The group residencies with universities augment our existing residency programme and curatorial agenda as well as helping us to manifest trans-disciplinary projects. Members of academic staff normally accompany group residencies from respective universities but this isn’t always necessary. We see our roll as explaining how you can live ecologically and responsibly. We explain the alpine desert environment around us and we introduce them to on-going projects being made in collaboration with other artists or researchers. Often we are invited to the university beforehand to give a talk about Joya: arte + ecología and introduce the group residency offer. From an educational perspective some of our universities have used us as an opportunity for students to understand the application procedure for residencies internationally. We introduce the concept as a means for students to gain experience and continue with their personal and professional practice after their degrees.

Group residency conditions:

There is a fee associated with the group residency but this is dependant on the following conditions…
  • The amount of people. We aim for a minimum of six but can accommodate up to twenty-five.
  • Whether the group residency is self-catering or catered for.
  • Whether transfers from the nearest communication hub are included or not.
Please submit below
Group Application
Sending
For further enquiries contact simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com

WINTER SUN WRITERS’ RESIDENCY PROGRAMME

Joya: arte + ecología is a socially and environmentally engaged artist and writers’ residency in the heart of rural Andalucía, Spain. We are a community of engaged creatives, scientists and activists who believe that close research manifesting artistic visions is vital to the sustenance of culture. We are seeking dedicated writers whose work engages a discourse with the environment, place, sustainability, or the changing of our climate. Joya: arte + ecología is situated in an alpine desert with surrounding trees of almond and pine. This is one of the sunniest regions of Europe, receiving over 3,000 hours of sunlight a year. Daytime winter temperatures are warm, and evenings are starry and serene. The Joya: arte + ecología Writers’ Residency Programme is a new initiative developed to nurture all genres of writers, emerging or established, who show diligence, craft, enthusiasm and vision in their work. The deadline for applicants is September the 16th 2017, and you will be notified within ten days. We will be offering 10 writer’s residencies for the October / November / December 2017.

Residency period:

The length of the residency would be 1 to 4 weeks within the period  1st October - 31st December 2017

Conditions:

The Joya: arte + ecología writers residency has a subsidised fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio. Note* in the event of an artist not being able to take up a residency opportunity they have accepted (and paid their deposit) we retain their fee for the next opportunity they can be in residence.
Wifi: Resident artists and writers have access to wifi for research purposes. Joya: in it's remote location has satellite broadband with download speeds of 20mbps, upload of 5mbps. There is latency which represents the distance from us to the satellite and back to earth. The system is more than adequate for the purposes it is intended for.

Accompanying friends and family:

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject  to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).

Review:

'The Joya: arte + ecología writers residency is based at Cortijada Los Gázquez and it is the perfect retreat. The founders along with everyone else at ‘Joya' have created just the right atmosphere. It’s a friendly and supportive environment and, at the end of your day’s work, there’s always a fabulous meal and great company. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re free of everyday distractions and interruptions. I loved the atmosphere within the farmhouse and there are many places within easy walking distance to find inspiration. My own daily walks along the dry river beds in the area encouraged the close observation that’s important in my writing. It’s also a pleasant jolt to live off-grid, which emphasises that sense of detachment, so beneficial for those on a creative path.' Anne Charnock, writer and artist Since her residency Anne Charnock has published her debut novel A Calculated Life in 2013 and was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and The Kitschies. A Calculated Life is available on Amazon.
In addition to the form below, send two writing samples (pdf only) to simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com, max 2000 words per sample.
Writer's Application
Drop a file here or click to upload Choose File
Maximum upload size: 2.1MB
Sending

Submission deadline

Period: 1st October - 31st December 2017 16th September 2017 For further enquiries contact simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com