Joya: AiR (artist in residence), is located in a place of extreme natural beauty in the parque natural Sierra María – Los Vélez in the province of Almería, Andalucía, Spain. The Joya: residency is ‘off-grid’ making all of it’s own power from the sun and the wind, established as it is in the sunniest and driest place in Europe. Positioned in the mountains, surrounded by Mediterranean conifer forests, the environment that encircles us is of dramatically elevated sedimentary limestone and aromatic garrigue or matorral.

We are a not-for-profit arts organisation and international multidisciplinary residency. We are inviting artists and writers to apply for residency opportunities typically of the duration from one week to a month. We will consider longer periods if required.

As a cultural destination in rural Spain we have a broad but rigorous selection criteria. Typically, we are looking for young and mid-career artists and writers who express professional standards in their practice. We are looking for artists and writers who can bring a depth of knowledge and learning to the residency experience. Our acceptance policy is non-discriminatory but we do ask for a minimum requirement of an undergraduate degree from all applicants. In return we offer a residency that is often transformative. Residents have the opportunity for reclusive silence or a more shared involvement with other resident artists.

Resident artists and writers have access to studio space as well as 20 hectares of our own land and an additional 22,000 hectares of natural park. In addition, they have their own bedrooms each with an attached bathroom. All meals are included, breakfast and lunch can be taken to suit your timetable, evening meals are communal and always lively.

As part of the residency experience we ask artists if they would like to make a presentation of their work to other artists during the course of their stay. It is not obligatory but it is a good opportunity to showcase an artist or writers practice and receive constructive criticism.
The weekly fee for the residency is €300 plus tax at 10%. If selected, we ask for a minimum deposit to secure the opportunity of one week’s fee. This is payable via PayPal and is subject to a 2.9% additional fee for the cost of the transfer.

We are very happy to provide artists/writers letters of invitation for visa or funding applications.

More Information/Application Form

APPLICATION DEADLINE February the 25th 2017 for the periods April, May June 2017

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