Spanish, Basque, English
From one week to three months
Paid by artist:

Contact ZAWP Bilbao for more information. There are also working spaces for artists or creative companies from 60 euros and up.

Application guidelines:

Four times a year (March, June, September and December) there is an open call for artists to fill the empty spaces that previous residents have left unused.

The selection committee is integrated by members of SWAP association. They value highly those artistic projects that reflect over the concept of "transformation", specially when it is related to urbanism.

ZWAP has exchange programs with different international institutions and universities. They also offer scholarships and residencies based on thematic calls. For 2021, they offered ESTIBA Scholarships aimed at professionalizing artists and cultural managers and giving dissemination and visibility to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the concept of "in the meantime" or "urban planning in transit." Check their website for calls.

Varies depending on the program. Check their website regularly.
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A urban transformation residency

ZAWP LAb is a space for research and creation part of the Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress, a project launched by Asociación Cultural hACERIA arteak in the context of the urbanisitic process "Plan Zorrotzuarre" for the Ribera de Deusto and Zorrotzaurre, a postindustrial area. This great urban development plan of the city Bilbao, will turn this small peninsula into a real island.

ZAWP Lab is a space for experimentation, research, creation and sharing of knowledge, where diaologue and interaction is encouraged.


Artists must make a presentation of their projectat the end of the residency, whether the work is finished or not.

Studio Information

2 containers dedicated for residencies, and an 2500m2 old warehouse (divided in 4 pavilions) open space to work and perform in.

Accommodation Information

The accommodation has a living room with TV, small office, rehearsal room and 4 individual bedrooms, shared bathroom.

Technical Information

ZAWP LAb is located in an old warehouse in which different shipping containers become spaces for labs and artist studios. This warehouse also shelters transmedia, sound and education labs and permanent projects and resident collectives The building has WiFi connection and it is accesible for people with reduced mobility.


The building is located in the Ribera de Deusto and Zorrotzaurre, a post industrial area is being renowed by the local government after a process of decadence. The residency is within a walking distance from the center of Bilbao and artistic institutions like the Guggenheim Museum.

Contact information

Pintor Ignacio Zuloaga, nº3 - 9
48014 Bilbao BI

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