English, Spanish
2014, residency since 2016
Two weeks
Paid by host 

Costs of studio spaces, and in kind support of beekeepers' time towards the learning process and enquiry of the artists.

Paid by artist 

Travel, accommodation, meals.

Application guidelines 

For more information to request an application form, and for any other enquiries, please email


Earth Speaks

Earth Speaks

Bee Time


Bee Time artist residency explores the intersection of art and ecology. Their programs focus on researching the interrelationships between beekeeper, bee and landscape in a particular region, thus studying the influences of local culture and agriculture practices on the honeybee and vice versa. They introduce participants to concepts of bee centred beekeeping, and applied systems thinking. Working out of the understanding of the honeybee colony as a super-organism – a being with many individual bees comprising a unified consciousness, participants have the opportunity to practice self-organising social models inspired by hive consciousness by working together in a non hierarchical way.

They are based in Southern Andalucia, in the province of Cadiz where they helped develop a natural beekeeping learning community and where they run the artist residencies. Once a year we also organise a residency period in another location, with a specific relationship to a particular beekeeping tradition / community.

Next residency dates are:1-15 July 2017, UK and 16-29 October, Spain.


Artists are expected to document their learning experiences and there will be an exhibition of work in progress at the end of the two weeks.

Accommodation Information 

The hosts rent a house in the village which has four large bedrooms, with shared occupancy. There can be up to 8 artists at a time.

Studio Information 

The hosts have four large studio spaces in old Moorish water mills, next to a Roman aquaduct, various waterfalls, and swimming holes. They also work outside a lot in apiaries and in the outdoor spaces by the mills. Artists can let the hosts know what their needs are in terms of spaces and they can endeavor to find them the most appropriate space. There is a common kitchen space where hosts and artists cook and eat communally. 

Technical Information 

There is an extensive library of bee related books for artist's use. The hosts can provide technical assistance, printing, and certain materials, subject to prior discussion.


The village of Santa Lucia near Vejer de la Frontera, Southern Spain (province of Cadiz).

Santa Lucia s/n
11150 Vejer de la Frontera Cádiz

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