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Fourth Open Call for two individual grants in summer 2020. For postgraduates in Fine Arts and Printmaking

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A two-week electro-etching workshop/residency grants in the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. June and August 2020

Description of residency program

The Electro-etching workshop-residency introduces the artist to an alternative technique of intaglio etching, using a completely non-toxic electrical process. It offers one of the healthiest and most fascinating methods for etching copper, zinc, and iron plates. Among its many other advantages, the electro-etching process does not generate toxic gases, nor does it generate metalic residue that acumulates in the grooves and stops the etching. The mordant does not become exhausted by successive bites and it does not undercut the metal under the varnish. It completely eliminates the harmful spray from rosin or asphalt for aquatints. This techniques allows for a wide range of tonal effects, a surprisingly clean bite, increased control, all while minimizing the risk to the both the printmaker and the environment. 

The electro-etching residency is held at the workshop and residence of the artist Alfonso Crujera, a master printmaker and specialist in the varied techniques of etching with electrolysis.

The residence is a traditional coastal farmhouse, lovingly restored by the artist. From the naturally lit studio, the residence and the balconies, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the sea and surrounding farmland. The area has a very pleasant and moderate subtropical climate all year round, with average temperatures ranging between 12-28ºC. In this natural environment, perfect for reflection and creativity, the artist has transformed the workshop into a workspace that is free from toxic emissions and respectful toward the environment.

The resident artists will be introduced to the fascinating process of electro-etching copper or zinc plates instead of using traditional acids. They will have access to the master’s direct, personal assistance and will get the opportunity to develop upon their current knowledge of non-toxic etching using electricity and applying these techniques to their own work. The artist will also learn how to assemble an electro-etching unit themselves, so they will be able to continue electro-etching in their own studios back home. The workshop is available to the resident artists round the clock.

Dates for the residence

•  June 14th to 28th, 2020

•  August 2nd to 16th, 2020

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15 days
Date: 
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:00 to Friday, December 20, 2019 - 04:00
Price: 
€ 1,260.

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San Felipe, 90
PC 35414 - Arucas, Las Palmas. Spain.

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Alfonso Crujera

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