Isla De Crear
Isla de Crear is a creative centre, combining a range of different disciplines in order to explore creating and crafting in a new method, away from commercial constraints or industry guidelines, based on the principles of the Fantasism manifesto. They are open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and only ask that you have a keen interest in pro- actively seeking the strange and unique connections, through interdisciplinary and international collaboration.
The centre is located in Úbeda, in the Jaén region of Andalusia, southern Spain, where the sun is out 300 days of the year, in the middle of the Sea of Olives, with no neighbours for miles, but we are by a main road (so it can get noisy sometimes), just outside Úbeda, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to a buzzing community of artisan craftspeople and a lot of cultural events.
For their second open call, Isla de Crear is looking for artists, craftspeople, thinkers and creatives from all different fields to explore the theme of 'myth'. They are purposefully keeping the theme as broad as possible, and encourage you to think as tangentially as possible. They are not looking for the same ol’ works, but instead want to encourage all our visiting creatives to challenge themselves into doing new things and exploring new forms. They are particularly interested in people who wish to work with found objects and repurpose them, as our junk yard is full of materials, but we are open to all forms of creations: visual, performative, audible, theoretical, scholarly, written, etc.
They welcome artists and creatives from all ages, disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities. People who are looking to make new links between different forms are particularly encouraged to apply. Before applying, please make sure you have read and subscribe to the Fantasism manifesto.
It is advised for creatives to have their own transport, but if not, we will help with local travel needs, or there is a taxi service.
They do their best to ensure guests’ safety at all times, but we cannot take responsibility for personal illness, injuries, or accidents. Nor can we take responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings. Please make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance prior to travel.
Expectations towards the artist: The aim of the residency is to investigate new forms of working and to create outside of the artists' comfort zones. We want creatives to explore, experiment and take risks. The process will be supported with weekly meetings with the resident curator to discuss the progress of the work. The aim of the residency is to explore, and the focus should be on experimentation and not on a result. For that reason IDC, does not offer an exhibition/performance at the end of the process.
Apart from your own private bedroom, you will receive a private or shared working space (depending on your needs), as well as use of the different studios and workshops. You will also have access to some materials in the scrap yard.
If you would like to bring in performers for a short period during your residency, please discuss with them. They recommend creatives bring their own materials/tools. They may be able to help purchase materials for you, so do feel free to reach out to us to discuss your needs. Do note that it is also your responsibility to arrange any logistics to do with taking your works back home.
Apart from your en-suite accommodation and shared living spaces, they offer 8 different work spaces, a 50 sqm dance studio with a wooden floor, which can be used for rehearsals, a 300 sqm workshop space with machinery, some materials that can be repurposed, access to an office and supplies, a library, outside spaces, adorable animals and our support and advice, but we ask that you read the manifesto and ensure you subscribe to it.
They also have a woodworking workshop. The machinery can only be used by people with the relevant experience at dedicated hours.
They offer all creatives a private en-suite bedroom (with a toilet and shower), with a shared living space, which includes: a kitchen, a large living room, laundry facilities (to be used in agreement with the team), a library and many indoor and outdoor working spaces. All activities will be arranged with the other creatives and the team that live in the property. Creatives are also required to adhere to cleanliness and behave in a courteous and non- discriminative fashion. Rooms should be kept clean and returned in the same state they were when arrived.
Isla de Crear is located 8 KMs from the nearest town of Úbeda, and comprises of a large scrap yard, which you will be allowed to use at the discretion of the team.
Apart from the communal kitchen, you will have the option of opting in for other meals cooked by the team.
Do note that there is no public transport available between the centre and Úbeda, but they do offer regular rides to town for shopping and there is a taxi service available.