Submission Deadline: 30-06-2021
More information here.
Please note, application is free of charge, but there is a participation fee. However, the organizer's note: "If you would like to come but can’t afford the participation fee, we are open to the possibility of you donating skills that can be useful to the centre. Please get in touch before applying to discuss.", see more info below.
"Isla de Crear is a creative centre, combining a range of different disciplines, to explore creating and crafting in a new method, away from commercial constraints or industry guidelines, based on the principles of the Fantasism manifesto. We 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, the sunny south of 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 quite 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, which we are keen for our creatives to connect with.
The residency call out
For our first call-out, we are looking for artists, craftspeople, thinkers and creatives from all different fields to explore the theme: RE:imagine – anything to do with recycling, repurposing, redoing, restarting, etc.
We are purposefully keeping the theme as broad as possible, and encourage you to think as tangentially as possible. We 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.
We are particularly interested in people who wish to work with found objects and repurpose them, as we have a lot of objects in our junk yard, but we are open to all forms of creations: visual, performative, audible, theoretical, written, etc.
Duration of residency
Between 4-12 weeks.
In your application, please make sure to specify when you would like to come and for how long
We offer all creatives a private en-suite bedroom (with a 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 cleaned and returned in the same state they were when you 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.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We welcome artists and creatives from all ages, disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities. We particularly encourage people who are looking to make new links between different forms.
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.
We welcome groups/companies that want to apply together, especially for the performing arts, but please note that each creative will need to pay a separate participation fee. For groups of 3 or more, do get in touch for discounts.
If you would like to bring in performers for a short period during your residency, please discuss with us.
We recommend creatives bring their own materials/tools. We 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.
Studio / Workspace
Apart from your en-suite accommodation and shared living spaces, we 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 space, adorable animals and our support and advice, but we ask that you read the Fantasism manifesto and ensure you subscribe to it.
We are currently in the process of creating a woodworking workshop, which we hope will be complete in October. The machinery can only be used by people with the relevant experience at dedicated hours.
Fees and support
We want to be able to accept creatives regardless of their financial situation, but as a not-for-profit co-operative, we are limited with how much we can help. If you would like to come but can’t afford the participation fee, we are open to the possibility of you donating skills that can be useful to the centre. Please get in touch before applying to discuss.
One month (4 weeks) - €725 + VAT (€797.50 in total)
Two months (8 weeks) - €1,360 + VAT (€1,496 in total)
Three months (12 weeks) - €1,905 + VAT (2,095.50 in total)
This fee goes towards running costs of the property, utilities (Wi-Fi, water, electricity, cleaning supplies, etc…), upkeep of the facilities, administrative tasks, and consultations. The fee also covers a pick-up and drop-up from Úbeda bus stop or Linares train station
If you are selected as one of our participants, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €300
for each 4-week period, within 10 days of your acceptance, to secure your place.
Creatives should cover the participation fee, their travel costs, daily expenses, and cost of production of personal works beyond supplies provided by the residency. We can help with an acceptance letter for any funding applications that the creatives apply for.
We do our 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.
It is advised for creatives to have their own transport, but if not, we will help with local travel needs.
Expectations towards the artist
We don’t expect creatives to complete any project, although if they do, we would help them share it with the local community.
The process will be supported with weekly meetings with the resident curator to discuss the progress of the work.
We do ask for each creative to leave one memento, which can be anything small or large that they created especially for the centre, which we can showcase.
We can also help creatives secure spaces in Úbeda town for exhibitions and performances, as well as helping them establish connections with local artisans.
Before applying, please make sure you have read and subscribe to the Fantasism manifesto.
Although applications for this call-out close on 30 June, we will consider applications on a running basis as they arrive, however, we will only respond to applicants we wish to invite to a virtual chat. If you would like us to send you a generic, templated rejection letter, please request one in your application.
We would like an example that shows your work and something that indicates what you would like to do at our residency. For this, we want you to apply in the way that is most comfortable for you and indicative of your practice – whether it’s a written document, a filmed presentation or a dance piece. Go wild.
If you would prefer a more structured application form, please answer the following questions:
What project do you want to work on here and what do you expect would be the result (if at all)?
Who are you? What do you do? What have you done? What do you want to do in future?
Why us? And what do you expect from us?
Additionally, please fill in this basic questionnaire designed to help us adapt our chat to suit your application. You don't have to answer any of the questions if you don't want to. This questionnaire should be submitted alongside your application.
The application is free of charge and should be completed in English."