Can Serrat offers a limited number of support stipends to contemporary artists and writers. The stipends cover depending on the grant received (100% - 70% - 50% - 30%), accommodation in a private or shared bedroom, food (half-board on weekdays), access to studio spaces and equipment, annual catalogue.
The selected artists are responsible for all extra personal living expenses, travel and insurance costs, telephone charges and any other expenses during their stay.
Residency program is divided between the 4 seasons, so applicants can apply depending on the time of the year they'll be available. Please check their website to see the upcoming calls.
Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is a classic old Catalan farmhouse. The space functions as a community where people from different cultures, fields, and topics of research can work on their own process, meet and exchange under the same roof. Located in the beautiful environment of El Bruc, a small village that skirts the mountain of Montserrat and is just forty-five kilometers from Barcelona, the house provides various spaces and workshops for working in an awe-inspiring surrounding natural environment. A pleasant walk along paths and trails leads one from the house to the foot of the mountain, where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Les Agülles, or The Needles, of Montserrat.
The activities organized reflect an interest in being present to processes, production, research, question, doubt, understanding, curiosity, and debate. The house organizes ongoing projects that everyone is welcome to participate in during their stay here. These include, but are not limited to, a selected residency program for contemporary art and writing projects, a local nonprofit organization called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities within the local context, a co-op for local and ecological products called Roca Verda, and a non profit organization called Be Sport. Every month the house welcomes and organizes different activities in order to activate the research of the projects in production: sound recorded debates proposed by residents themselves, a dinner in which they invite village locals to have a cultural exchange with the household, projects’ presentations, a book club in which they share resources by reading excerpts and texts in various languages, ping pong tournament and visits to relevant cultural project spaces and other residencies.
About the residency program: The jury of each call selects and invites a limited number of projects to participate in the residency program for a duration of 1 month minimum to 2 months maximum (see conditions). Through the calls published throughout the year, Can Serrat offers a Full Grant to 6 creators (3 writers and 3 visual artists) and a partial aid support stipends to a limited number of artists (# 1, # 2, # 3).
No specific themes are asked to be part of the program, yet each jury expected the applicants to consider the rural context of Can Serrat, as well as an interest for communities, processes, agriculture and ecology.
12 rustic and charming bedrooms of various sizes, for single, double, triple or quadruple accommodation. Linen and towels are provided upon arrival and residents can use the washing machine located in the bathroom area to wash their sheets, towels, and other personal items during their stay. It is expected that each individual clean their bedroom during their stay and before departure. Community bathroom with sinks, 3 private toilets, and two private showers is available on the ground floor, and cleaned on a daily basis on weekdays, as well as other common spaces like reception, living room, kitchen, etc.
Local basic food supplies are provided every week – 6 individual ingredients are chosen in a list that need to be filled every week so the food supplies can be delivered. Rest of supplies are shared with all artists (pasta, rice, butter, coffee, tea, cereals, oranges, onions, bread, etc). Any extra or specific food and personal necessities can be purchased in the town of El Bruc and residents can use the refrigerators located in the dining room to store food items. There are also a number of restaurants located in and near the village that offer lunch menus at very affordable price. A microwave, toaster, water boiler, and coffee machine (tea and coffee provided) are also available in the kitchen for use throughout the day.
Regarding public events organised (meeting point, invitation to a local artist, critic session, concert, open studio ..), the team prepares food for the occasion and artists are of course invited to eat and help!
Can Serrat is located in a rustic farmhouse just 45 kilometres outside Barcelona, within the confines of Montserrat Natural Park. The house is situated at the foot of Montserrat, a mountain mass which is unique due to its spectacular natural forms. The area, very popular with hikers and climbers, has been a Natural Park since 1987 - Just five minutes walk from the village of El Bruc. In the village, you will find bars, restaurants, shops, a swimming pool, a pharmacy and a bank. Just up the hill from Can Serrat is El Bruc's beautiful romanesque church.