Joya: arte + ecología

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Almería, Andalucía, Spain.

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ADDRESS: Cortijada Los Gázquez, La Hoya de Carrascal, 04830 Vélez Blanco, Almería, Spain.
DISCIPLINES: Visual arts, art related with ecology.


Joya: Art + Ecology is an arts organisation based in Cortijada Los Gázquez (, in the heart of the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, in the north of the province of Almería. The principle which guides the activities of the organisation is the promotion, through production and collaboration, of art and artists whose work deals with the environment and sustainability.

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Cortijada Los Gázquez is located in the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Natural Park in the municipality of Vélez Blanco, in northern Almeria. This natural park covers 22,500 hectares of sedimentary limestone, red sandstone and domes of white clay cut through by erosional ‘barrancos’ and dry fluvial systems.

The nearest public transport is in Vélez Rubio. Artists can be collected at the bus stop in Vélez Rubio and brought to the residency.

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Artists have access to 20 hectares of land, an indoor studio of 30m², an outdoor studio and a workshop with tools and other utensils. The centre was built based entirely on principles of sustainability. Los Gázquez comprised in its day five cottages, which were restored to create a unique space respecting the original architecture. Sun and wind provide electricity and hot water for the house and wood provides heat through underfloor heating in winter. Rainwater is collected from the roof for use throughout the house and waste is recycled through a grey water system.

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Accommodation: Resident artists have their own rooms with attached bathrooms. Meals are included, as is collection and return to the nearest public transport system.

Studios: The main studio is 30m² with a 3m high ceiling. There is a second external studio, for artists working in three dimensions, which is attached to a fully equipped workshop.

Access / Artists with families: The residency states that they welcome both artists with families and artists with reduced mobility.

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Duration of stays: Normally the duration of stays is seven days to two weeks but this can be extended, depending on the circumstances and the project submitted by the artist.

Cost: There is no charge for the curated residency, the organisation invites the artist. On completion of the residency artists will be asked to donate a small piece of the work they have created during the residency to Joya: arte + ecología. The open residency costs €250 + tax per week, which covers the stay, studio access and meals. Residencies for university groups have a reduced cost depending on the characteristics and circumstances of each case.

Selection Procedure: Applicants must fill out the online application form on Joya's website and send it along with required therein to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Languages: English and Spanish.

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