Two individual grants in summer 2023. For postgraduates in Fine Arts and Printmaking, under thirty.






A two-week electro-etching workshop/residency grants in the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. June and August 2023

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.

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.

Grant explanation

Two individual grants for two artists under thirty, Fine Arts graduates between 2017 and 2022 with Experience in intaglio printmaking.

The grant consists of free accommodation for two weeks and the trip to and from the airport to the residence at the beginning and end of the stay. This represents a saving for the artist of €625.

Those selected must pay their travel fares to Gran Canaria, their meals, and profesinal advice in electro-etching.

Workshop and profesional advice: €1,320.

Note: the price does not include papers and plates, which should bring them by the artists.

Health Insurance is obligatory.


There is a separate apartment with single room with private bathroom and shower. You have a kitchen for cooking and free access to Internet with a complete art library.  

Two weeks
Thursday, June 1, 2023 to Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Host & Provider:


San Felipe, 90. Santa María de Guía. Las Palmas. (Gran Canaria Island) Spain.


Application Information

To apply for the grant artists should send an e-mail to including the Registration Form filled , copy of his/her graduation certificate, a CV and a brief biography, five pictures of prints and a statement of why he/she wants to attend the Electro-etching workshop (200 words maximum).

Application deadline

• December 20th, 2022