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OPEN CALL for an ecological co-op art residency in Andalusia

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We are looking for artists & art professionals from all disciplines who work in alternative art production and/or whom nature and the surrounding land could be an exciting theme to work on. We offer a space to think, time to develop a new idea or to continue working on an existing project.

The Program
Montemero Art Residency is an organization dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. Being located on a biological reserve near the Tabernas Desert, the location offers a unique perspective that aims to cultivate a personal connection with nature and how it functions, while further expanding the idea of eco-living. With minimal external interference, artists-in-residence have the opportunity to focus on themselves and their work in a way that more densely populated areas are unable to provide.
With our interdisciplinary program and ongoing environmental projects, we intend to create an environment and offer facilities conducive to creative work integrated with nature. We embrace and emphasize the experimental, undefined, and unexpected states of creativity while promoting intercultural collaboration to bring people from different fields to share and further our approach to ecological and cultural sustainability.

Duration of residency

1 to 3 months

Accommodation

Artists will have their own private room in a shared house with a large kitchen, and there are plenty of spaces both indoor and outside to create and be inspired. All activities at the residency are arranged in the community with the host(s) who are using the property for the time being. This also applies to living arrangements such as cooking meals and keeping tidy. Fundamental courtesies apply.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

The residency is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Our program offers a fully-equipped printmaking studio, other open spaces that are suitable for a variety of artistic practices, and ongoing mentoring sessions.
The studio is equipt with printmaking tools, printing blocks, letterpress, easel, and high-quality papers, but anything further/specialized will need to be acquired by the artist prior to the residency. The residency is in a rural area, so we recommend artists to travel with their own preferred materials as art supply stores are non-existent, or order to our location prior to their stay. Though we cannot provide specific materials for artworks, the materials located in the scrap yard are free to be used by artists. This process will be supported by weekly online/video chat feedback sessions, individual portfolio reviews, and brainstorming sessions with our curator.
Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your production process and needs.

Studio / Workspace

Montemero was the former atelier of German artist Wolfgang Simon. Wolfgang Simon studied from 1957 to 1962 at the Berlin College of Fine Arts. Simon practiced as an apprentice of Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern. From the late 1960s to his last days, he lived in Andalusia and dedicated his life to the conservation of this land, forming the Finca Montamero Biological Reserve while continuing his work as a printmaker. As such, he equipped his studio for woodcut, linocut, and letterpress printmaking. During the residency, artists will have access to this studio and his archive, as well as the outside areas that can be used for their creative practices.

Fees and support

This is an artist/curator-run residency. Sadly we do not have the funding to support artists financially at the moment. The fees are there to function as a residency, not to profit, which covers 40% of the total costs of participation in the program. €850 participation fee for one full month (4 weeks). This fee will go towards accommodation, utilities (Wi-Fi, gas/water/electricity, cleaning supplies, etc…), upkeep of the facilities and appliances, the studio, administrative tasks, and consultations. The fee also covers a pick-up and drop-up from Jaravia train station, San Juan de los Terreros, or Vera bus station. We also can provide you with bikes (limited) and snorkeling and diving equipment.
Please note: If you are selected as one of our participants, you will be required to deposit 40% of the fee within 10 days of your acceptance to secure your place. 
Artists should cover their travel costs, daily expenses, and the cost of production of personal works beyond supplies provided by the residency. We do our best to ensure guests’ safety at all times, but we cannot take responsibility for personal illness, injuries, or accidents. Nor can we take responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings. Please make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance prior to travel.

Expectations towards the artist

Our residency is a place to experience new perspectives and acquire new references, by default we are expecting our residents to be open-minded, respectful towards others, and take part in our curatorial sessions regularly. 
As our program is highly based on individual residents’ needs, we don’t require any formal outcomes from artists, such as finishing a project or having an artist talk. With that being said, we encourage artists to incorporate new mediums and disciplines into their practice, create and hold both public and private workshops regarding their practice – if it’s beneficial to their practice – and join other events that are organized by Finca Montemero.

Deadline: 
30/September/2022
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Montemero Art Residency 2020 - An interdisciplinary Ecological Hub for Arts

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Montemero Art Residency is an organization dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. We believe that the experience of living and creating in a different context has to be facilitated through exchange and collaboration. Thus, we opened our facilities to artists for them to network and collaborate with professionals from other fields. 

The Programme

Our programme offers open spaces, interdisciplinary connections that’ll expand our understanding of nature and recreation. This will be a time for you to work in your own development as well as building up your professional career through networking and collaborating. The residency is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Although, our long-term objective with this programme is to create an eco-art project, here some of our short-term goals:

- To create an environment and offer the facilities conducive to creative work, integrated with nature, a place to experience new perspectives and acquire new references.

- Promoting international collaboration and networking, to bring together people from different fields to share and promote ecological and cultural sustainability.

- Embrace and emphasize the experimental, the undefined and unexpected states of creativity.

Outcome

Throughout the programme participating artists will have a chance to incorporate new mediums and disciplines to their practice. Salvaged materials in the scrap yard will  be open to artists creation and interpretation. This process will be supported with weekly online feedback sessions, individual portfolio reviews, and brainstorming sessions with our curator. At the end of the stay, we ask participants to present a small talk about their work and practice. In order to increase community engagement and gain experience, we also encourage artists to create and hold both public and private workshops regarding their practice and/or to join other events that are organized by Finca Montemero. Other events can be organized by the residents, within the bounds of possibilities of the organizers. 

Living arrangements

Participants will have their own private room and there is plenty of space both indoor and outside to create and be inspired. All activities at the residency are arranged in community with the host and other professionals who are using the property in the time being. This also applies to living arrangements such as cooking meals and keeping tidy. Living in a collective means being able to have respectful and insightful discussions, having someone there to help you and be inspired to create something together. 

Studio Information 

Montemero was the former atelier of German artist Wolfgang Simon. Wolfgang Simon studied from 1957 to 1962 at the Berlin College of Fine Arts. Simon understood himself as a student of Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern. Since the late 1960s to his last days, he lived in Andalusia and dedicate this life to conservation of this land. He equipped his studio for woodcut and linocut printmaking. During the residency, artists will have access to this studio and outside area that can be used for their creative practice. 

Technical Information/Facilities 

Montemero offers fully outfitted print studio and tool garage/workshop, a scrap yard where salvaged materials kept, kitchen, library, large covered patio, gardens, 1 indoor/ 1 outdoor shower, laundry machine, 2 toilets, 1 compost toilet, hot tub, caves, sunset spots, large rooftop. 

Location

The Montermero Art Residency is based at San Juan de los Terreros, 500 meters from the Mediterranean Sea and a 30-minute walk to a small nearby town. We are located in a rural area, where shops are limited and finding a taxi can be difficult. Please make sure you’re fine with being isolated before applying. 

Language: English

Duration: 1 to 3 months

Participation fee

€500 participation fee for one full month. This fee will go towards rent, utilities, upkeep of the facilities and administrative tasks. In return, the host offers bikes (limited), snorkeling and diving equipment, surfing gear. 

Provided by the host:

- Accommodation and utilities

- Pick-up and drop-up from Jaravia train station or San Juan de los Terreros bus station

Please note: If you are elected as one of our participants, you will be required to deposit 40% of the fee within the first week of your acceptance to secure your place.  

Paid by the artist:

- Participation fee 

- Travel

- Cost of production of personal works. We cannot provide specific materials for artwork. The residency is in a rural area, so we recommend artists to travel with their own materials. Depending on your practice we might be able to provide some materials with a small fee. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your production process and needs.)

- Insurance. We do our best to ensure guests’ safety at all times, but we cannot take responsibility for personal illness, injuries or accidents. Nor can we take responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Please make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance.

Deadline: 
07/January/2020
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Montemero Art Residency

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Montemero Art Residency is an experimental educational programme with a focus on eco-art. Curated by iksvy art and hosted by Finca Montemero on the east coast of Spain, we offer workshops introducing alternative materials and methods to incorporate nature into diverse art practices. Through this and various forms of interconnectivity, we will be creating site-specific eco-art projects.

The Programme

Our programme offers open spaces, interdisciplinary round tables, and workshops designed not only to improve skills but also to expand our understanding of nature and recreation. This will be a time for you to work in your own development as well as building up your professional career through networking and collaborating. The residency is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and we welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Our long-term objective with this programme is to create an eco-art project. Thus, we’ll be giving priority to individuals who would be exploring these areas.

Please check out the programme from the provided link. 

Our goals

-Creating an environment and offer the facilities conducive to creative work, integrated with nature, a place to experience new perspectives and acquire new references.

-Promoting international collaboration and networking, to bring together people from different fields to share and promote ecological and cultural sustainability.

-Embrace and emphasize the experimental, the undefined and unexpected states of creativity.

Outcome

Throughout the programme participating artists will have a chance to incorporate new mediums and disciplines to their practice. This process will be supported with group discussions, individual portfolio reviews, and brainstorming sessions with our curator. At the end of the stay, a final exhibition will be organized with created artworks. For those who are not involved in the visual arts, this is not mandatory, however, we ask participants to present a small talk about their work and practice. In order to increase community engagement and gain experience, we also encourage artists to create and hold both public and private workshops regarding their practice. Other events can be organized by the residents, within the bounds of possibilities of the organizers.

Living arrangements

All participants will have their own private room and there is plenty of space both indoor and outside to create and be inspired. All activities at the residency are arranged in community with other residents, this also applies to living arrangements such as cooking meals and keeping tidy. Living in a collective means taking workshops together, eating together, being able to have respectful and insightful discussions, having someone there to help you and be inspired by to create something together.

Studio Information

Montemero was the former atelier of German artist Wolfgang Simon. Wolfgang Simon studied from 1957 to 1962 at the Berlin College of Fine Arts. Simon understood himself as a student of Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern. Since the late 1960s to his last days, he lived in Andalusia and dedicate this life to conservation of this land. He equipped his studio for woodcut and linocut printmaking. During the residency, artists will have access to this studio and outside area that can be used for their creative practice.

Technical Information/Facilities

Montemero offers fully outfitted print studio and tool garage/workshop, kitchen, library, large covered patio, gardens, 1 indoor/ 1 outdoor shower, laundry machine, 2 toilets, 1 compost toilet, hot tub, cave, sunset spot, large rooftop.

Location

The Montermero Art Residency is based at San Juan de los Terreros, 500 metres from the Mediterranean Sea and a 20 minute walk to a small nearby town.

Language: English

Duration: 4 weeks in September

Paid by the host

-Accommodation, 2 course of meals (basic and healthy vegetarian dishes; breakfast, dinner + snacks)

-Montemero also offers activities that comes with the space such as, bikes (limited), snorkeling and diving equipment, surfing gear, hot tub and rooftop yoga.

Paid by the artist (participant)

- €900 participation fee

- Travel

- Cost of production of personal works (We cannot provide materials for your personal artworks. The residency is in a rural area, so we recommend artists to travel with their own materials. Depending on your practice we might be able to provide some materials with a small fee. Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your production process etc.)

- Insurance

Please note: If you are elected as one of our participants, you will be required to deposit 30% of the fee within the first 2 weeks of your acceptance to secure your place.  

Deadline: 
15/August/2019
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