Joya: AiR is a not for profit arts residency developed by artists for artists of every conceivable discipline. Consider Joya: AiR not only as stimulating and contemplative environment for international artists and writers, but as a meeting point for divergent and creative thinking. This is a multi-disciplinary residency, self determined, critical and engaging. Founded in 2010 Joya: AiR has hosted in excess of 500 artists in residence.
The Joya: residency is based at Los Gázquez, five restored farm houses made into one off-grid sustainably minded destination within the Parque Natural Sierra María - Los Vélez, Andalucía, Spain. Joya: AiR is a cultural and sustainable destination in the heart of rural Spain. It facilitates an international network of artists and writers whilst simultaneously breathing life into an arid zone struggling against the combined forces of climate change, global markets and land degradation. The Joya: AiR programme was founded by Simon and Donna Beckmann with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. They believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years.
Joya: AiR will be featured on the Joya: arte + ecología website. If their practice is appropriate to the curatorial concerns of Joya: arte + ecología they will invite the artists back as collaborators on environmental projects.
Several studios and 20 hectares of land.
8 double/twin rooms each with attached bathroom.
The Field Centre is ‘off-grid’ and carbon neutral. Water is harvested from the 600m2 roof and stored in an underground deposit. Electricity is produced by a photo voltaic panel and a wind turbine. Hot water and heating is produced most of the year by solar power and biomass from our own land and is also used for all of the cooking.
Cortijada Los Gázquez is an isolated farm house situated within 18 hectares of arable fields, almond terraces and pine forest within the Sierra Maria los Velez National Park in the top right hand corner of Andalucia. The farm house has no connection to water or electricity (therefore carbon neutral):
- Water is harvested from the 600m2 roof and stored in an underground deposit,
- Electricity is produced by a photo voltaic panel and a wind turbine
- Hot water is produced most of the year by solar power and substituted by burning almond and pine wood taken from their own land and is also used for all of the cooking.