English, Norwegian, Spanish, Catalan, French
One month minimum to two months with possibility to extend
Paid by host:

Can Serrat has two open calls per year with two modalities for writing and contemporary art projects (winter-spring+summer-fall). For each modality, the Residency invites one Full Grant (4 in total) for up to 5 months and a limited number of partial aid support stipends (# 1, and #2), for a duration of 1-month minimum to 2 months, with the possibility to extend the stay. In addition to the two seasonal open calls, they have a special open call for a Collective Narritive month that takes place every January.

Value of the residency: 2881 € / 1 month*

  • Partial aid support stipend # 1: Shared room *: 570 € / 1 month and Private room: 930 € / 1 month
  • Partial aid support stipend # 2: Shared room *: 930 € / 1 month and Private room: 1,290 € / 1 month

[The grants do not include travel expenses.]

* Shared by a maximum of 3 persons.

Paid by artist:

The selected artists are responsible for all extra personal living expenses, material, travel and insurance costs, telephone charges and any other expenses during their stay.


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Can Serrat - Art Residency

Can Serrat - Art Residency


Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is an old classic Catalan farmhouse in El Bruc, a small town about forty-five kilometers outside of Barcelona. In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and opened a residency. Can Serrat has several open/communal spaces and workshops to work in, and is located in beautiful and natural surroundings bordering the mountain of Montserrat. A pleasant walk takes you from the house to the foot of the mountain, where you can enjoy a view of Montserrat’s Agülles, or “The Needles”.
Can Serrat works as a community where people from different cultures and fields interested in a variety of research topics can meet under the same roof. The house hosts several projects throughout the year in which everyone can participate during their stay. These include, among others, a residency program that selects contemporary art and writing projects, a non-profit association called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities in relation to the local context, and a consumer cooperative for local and ecological products called Roca Verda. Each month, the house welcomes and organizes different programming to activate the investigation of the projects in production: conversations, readings, a dinner open to the local community, and project presentations, to name a few.
Can Serrat is a creative space, that welcomes community and process. As such, the activities they organize are oriented around this idea and reflect an interest in being present in that process, research, question, doubt, understanding, curiosity, and debate.

The residency program supports writing and artistic production in process, offering time, space and individual support as needed. The call is open to all topics and mediums. Selected residents will have time and space to work on their own projects while residing in Can Serrat. The juries have 3 main criteria for selecting projects:

  • Relation and/or relevance of the work/proposed project with Can Serrat and its surrounding context.
  • Singularity of the work and /or the proposed project.
  • Relation of the work/proposed project to the notion of collective/collectivity/community.


  • A private or shared room during the residency (depending on chosen preference).
  • Shared working space for the duration of the residency.
  • Access to shared spaces (kitchen, toilets, bathrooms, etc).
  • Food (half-board).
  • Access to all equipment (printmaking studio, sound recording equipment, projectors).
  • Possibility to organize workshop/debate in the residency.
  • Promotion through social media.
  • Human and technical resources.
  • Access to El Bruc’s City Council exhibition space to organize a show at the end of the residency (optional).
  • Connections with the local cultural scene.
  • Publication in the annual catalog about project worked on while at the residency
  • Possibility to organize workshop / debate in the residency.
  • Promotion through social media.
  • Human and technical resources.
  • Access to El Bruc’s City Council exhibition space to organize a show at the end of the residency (optional).
  • Connections with the local cultural scene.
  • Publication in the annual catalog about project worked on while at the residency.
Studio Information
  • An antique wine cellar, located on the ground floor, (260 m2) has been converted into a multi-use studio with facilities for printmaking and performance.
  • 2 shared multi-use and inter-disciplinary studios (35 and 75 m2), all located on the first floor. During months of highest occupancy, please be aware that studio space will be limited (approx 15m2 per artist).
  • Ample outdoor workspace (both covered and open).
  • Manual printing press (80 cm wide), blankets, and a paper press. Various basic tools are available for use, but it is suggested that experienced printmakers bring their own tools. Basic printmaking knowledge is advisable as there is currently no studio technician. Please note the printmaking studio is NOT set up for acid etching.
  • Equipment which can be used freely by all artists includes: easels, drawing boards,, projector, and various hand tools.
  • Materials that must be brought or purchased locally are inks, plates, varnish, personal specific tools, paper, canvas, paints, brushes, etc.

Please share studio space and common materials according to occupancy and respect other artists’ privacy and creative process while working in the studios.

Accommodation Information

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 are available on the ground floor, and cleaned on a weekly basis, as well as other common spaces like reception, living room, kitchen, etc. In addition to 1/week cleaning service, residents are expected to chip in with household chores.
A base of food supplies is provided. Monthly deliveries of dry goods are made, as well as a weekly delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables. A communal dinner is prepared on Friday evenings and for all other personal items, a grocery store is within walking distance of the residency.
There are a number of restaurants located in and near the village that offer lunch menus at very affordable prices. The residency kitchen has a microwave, toaster, water boiler, coffee machine, pots and pans for cooking, and plates and utensils.

Contact information

Masia Can Serrat
08294 El Bruc, Barcelona

canserratart [at]