a residency for artists, writers, individuals + groups

AiR

Since 2009 Joya: AiR has invited and hosted in excess of 400 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 spring temperatures are warm/hot, outside nightly temperatures are cool, 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) 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 (negotiable)

Next application deadline:

11th September 2016

Residency period:

1st October to the 31st December 2016 Apply here...

Conditions:

The Joya: AiR residency has a 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.

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:

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

Group

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.
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For further enquiries contact simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com

Writers

The Joya: arte + ecología Writers Residency Programme is a new initiative developed to nurture poets, playwrights, essayists and writers. Primarily we are interested in creative or technical authors whose work manifests a discourse with the environment and sustainability. However we have a wide range of interests and would accept all genres of writing.

Residency period:

The length of the residency would be 1 to 2 weeks or longer within the period from 1st October - 31st December 2016

Conditions:

The Joya: arte + ecología writers residency has a 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.

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.
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Submission deadline

Period: 1st October - 31st December 11th September 2016 For further enquiries contact simon (at) losgazquez-joya.com