Joya: AiR Residency Program for Artists, Spain

Publish Date: Sep 01, 2016

Deadline: Sep 11, 2016


We call Joya: arte + ecología ‘an arts led field research centre’. The research is manifested through our arts residency (Joya: AiR) and also collaborations with artists on projects we generate and transdiciplinary programmes with ecologists and environmental activists. We curate international artists within Spain.

Resident artists are not here to ‘finish’ work (although this can be an outcome), they are here to stretch the rigour of their inquiry, they are here to make discoveries, they are here to clear the way ahead, to amplify their practice.

We are a cultural destination in the heart of rural Spain, in an alpine desert, living at 1000m above sea level in the Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez. This is a place of outstanding natural beauty and remains so despite the environmental challenges facing peoples’ way of life. This is the sunniest region of Europe receiving over 3000 hours of sunlight a year. Daytime autumn temperatures are warm/hot, outside nightly temperatures are cool, making this a dramatic environment.

Joya: AiR is a ‘not for profit’ association, and over the last ten years has had in excess of four hundred and fifty artists both from within Europe and as far afield as Australia, Japan, Canada and South America. The Joya: residency has provided them with a creative environment free from distraction in one of Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions.

  • Joya: AiR as an interdisciplinary residency is based at Cortijada Los Gázquez, five beautifully restored farmhouses, which are now an ‘off-grid’ eco-destination which is 85% carbon neutral and recycles everything. Resident artists have their own rooms with attached bathrooms, (See here) and studio space.

On occasion we ask resident artists if they would like to make a presentation of their work to other resident artists. This is optional and does enhance the opportunity for residents.

  • The Joya: AiR programme was founded by artists 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 at Cortijada Los Gázquez is a creative hub where there is always an inspirational environment of knowledgeable and informed thinking around all creative disciplines. Artists will have use of a studio space and 20 hectares of land. Accommodation (private room and bathroom) and meals are included as is collection and return to the nearest public transport system.

Working languages: English and Spanish

Disciplines and media

Visual Art / Sculpture / Ceramics (enquire before applying) / Dance / Theatre / Performing Arts / Music / Writing / Educational Programmes / New Media / Curatorial / Film Making /

Type of organisation:

Independent not for profit association/foundation


Joya: AiR is currently accepting applications in Spanish and English only.

Residency period

The length of the residency would be 1 to 2 weeks (negotiable)

Next application deadline

11th September 2016

Residency period:

1st October to the 31st December 2016


To APPLY click "Further official information" below this article and fill the online form.


The Joya: AiR residency has a fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio.

Accompanying friends and family

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).

Note: Joya: AiR opportunities are heavily subscribed. Please process the application efficiently.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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