Pick-up and drop-up from Jaravia train station or San Juan de los Terreros bus station.
Please note: If you are selected as one of the participants, you will be required to deposit 40% of the fee within the first week of your acceptance to secure your place.
They have a multi-phase application process. If you’re selected on the first round, you’ll be asked to have a Skype interview with their curator. For the first phase please send them the following:
Montemero Art Residency is an organization dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. They believe that the experience of living and creating in a different context has to be facilitated through exchange and collaboration. Thus, they opened the facilities for artists to network and collaborate with professionals from other fields.
The programme offers open spaces, interdisciplinary connections that will 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 they welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration.
Although, the long-term objective with this programme is to create an eco-art project, here some of their short-term goals:
Throughout the programme participating artists will have a chance to incorporate new mediums and disciplines to their practice. Salvaged materials in the junkyard 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 a curator. At the end of the stay, participants are asked to present a small talk about their work and practice. In order to increase community engagement and gain experience, they 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.
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 for 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.
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 his life to the 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.
Montemero offers fully outfitted print studio and tool garage/workshop, a junkyard where salvaged materials kept, kitchen, library, large covered patio, gardens, 1 indoor and 1 outdoor shower, laundry machine, 2 toilets, 1 compost toilet, hot tub, caves, sunset spots, large rooftop.
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. They 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.