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 collaboration and exchange. Thus, they opened their facilities to artists for them to network and collaborate with professionals from other fields.
The program offers a fully-equipped printmaking studio and other open spaces that are suitable for a variety of creative practices (from visual to performing arts and anything in between). Being located on a biological reserve near the Tabernas Desert, the location offers a unique perspective that aims to cultivate a personal connection with nature and how it functions, while further expanding the idea of eco-living. With minimal external interference, artists-in-residence have the opportunity to focus on themselves and their work in a way that more densely populated areas are unable to provide. 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 of this program is to create an eco-art project, here some of their short-term goals:
- To create an environment and offer the facilities conducive to creative work, integrated with nature, a place to experience new perspectives and acquire new references.
- Promoting international collaboration and networking, to bring together people from different fields to share and promote ecological and cultural sustainability.
- Embrace and emphasize the experimental, the undefined, and unexpected states of creativity.
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.
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 practiced as an apprentice of Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern. From the late 1960s to his last days, he lived in Andalusia and dedicated his life to the conservation of this land, forming the Finca Montamero Biological Reserve while continuing his work as a printmaker. As such, he equipped his studio for woodcut and linocut printmaking. During the residency, artists will have access to this studio, his archive, and outside areas that can be used for their creative practices.
The residency is open to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the organisers welcome all those who are looking for space and time to explore new forms of interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. They cannot provide specific materials for artwork. The residency is in a rural area, so they recommend artists to travel with their own materials. Some basic materials/high-quality papers are provided in the printmaking studio, but anything further/specialized will need to be acquired by the artist prior to the residency. Materials located in the scrap yard are free to be used by artists. Depending on your practice they might be able to provide some materials for a small fee (prior notice is required). Feel free to reach out to them and discuss your production process and needs.
Montemero offers a private bedroom with shared living space to artists in residence. Additionally, a fully-equipped printmaking studio and workshop for basic fabrication needs (wood/metal-working) are provided, as well as a scrap yard where salvaged materials are kept that can be used for artists’ projects.
The shared living-space includes a large kitchen, 2 full bathrooms (1 indoor/1 outdoor shower), laundry facilities, a small library/living room, a large covered patio, an open rooftop, a traditional solar-heated hot tub, caves, and several large outdoor areas conducive to any workflow.
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.