Bills, insurance, projects technical support and final exhibition vernisage.
690 euros residency fee per person per month.
Steps: 1. An email is sent to La Fragua with a CV and a project proposal 2. La Fragua reviews the application within one week and send an email. They value projects that intervene with local material and landscape.
La Fragua artist residency is a non-profit cultural organization conceived with the purpose of developing the visual arts in the rural environment encouraging a dynamic and active countryside.
It is an international multidisciplinary residency program that fosters a unique environment for the creation of innovative and ambitious works. Housed in the historical Convent of Santa Clara in Belalcázar, Spain, La Fragua provides a multi-use space for research, production, investigation, and exhibition of contemporary art outside of the urban landscape.
Its organisers get excited about community based social art practices and aim to create asymbiotic opportunity for artists and local communities. Their vision is one of a durational experiment where projects that begin at La Fragua can in the future be moved to a wider arts-aware audiences around the globe.
Belalcázar is located the Valley of the Pedroches in the province of Córdoba, Spain, 350 kilometers south of Madrid and 100 kilometers north of the city of Córdoba. The 3,500-person town is part of the southern region of Andalusia, although situated just at the border of the famous region of La Mancha and the unspoiled lush forest land of Extremadura.
Some artists may have a show of the work produced during their stay in Combo, the satellite exhibition space of La Fragua in the neighbouring city of Córdoba.
The main house for artists in residency is La Casa, located directly above the Plaza del Pilar, at the foot of the 15th century gothic Castle of Sotomayor. It has 4 single and 1 double rooms, 3 arched terraces with spectacular views of the Castle, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and a big living room. The house has Wi-Fi and heating.
The Convent of Santa Clara: Inside the Convent La Fragua Artist Residency occupy the rooms of Northwest wing. “The Summer Hospital”, “The Winter Hospital or Inverted Boat House” as well as the cloisters, the grand patio and one of the main gardens.
The interior space is used for communal artist studios, intervention areas, a gallery and workshops.The exterior space functions as a laboratory for landscape intervention and for projects that combine art and agri-culture, with the aim to create a destination open for exploration by everybody.
Studio space - Gallery - Exhibition space - Professional support - Sound System - Internet - Projector
Belalcazar has a community of 3.500 people open to working with artists through projects involving colaboration from the community. With its Arab, Roman and Christian ruins the culture of Belalcazar is strongly marked by the passage routes from North to South and the borders of Extremadura-La Mancha-Andalusía. It is easy to find local products; fresh vegetables, meat and fish but… no wasabi. The village has plenty of bars to get to know the locals and lots and lots of open countryside to discover and enjoy.
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