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Barcelona, Spain.

URL: www. hangar.org
E-MAIL: info@ hangar.org
ADDRESS: Fundació AAVC Hangar, Carrer Emilia Coranty 16, 08018 Barcelona, Spain.
TELEPHONE: (0034) 93 308 4041.
FAX: (0034) 93 307 1211.
DISCIPLINES: All disciplines.


Hangar is a centre for artistic production and research, set up by the Association of Visual Artists of Catalonia (AAVC) in 1997. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists and creators during the different phases of their art production processes, while contributing to the successful development of their projects. In order to do this, Hangar provides equipment, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer.

The centre offers an array of services and frameworks that allow for the research and development of art productions in their entirety, or partially. Hangar follows up on the results by including the projects in various networks and platforms, or by detecting possibilities for their incorporation within other fields.

A key part of the developing art scene in Barcelona from the 1990s, Hangar focused from its beginning on the production and post-production of multimedia projects, with a strong bias for open source. This led to the creation of Hangar’s Media Lab (currently the digital image laboratory and the interaction laboratory), and in 2006, in order to provide technical training for artists to use these tools, Hangar together with the AAVC started the Lifelong Learning Program for visual artists. A new department of Research and Development was set up in 2009 for pre-production, production, and post-production processes in visual arts. The objective of this new department is to promote art research and generate a favourable environment for the cross-sector transmission of knowledge. At the same time, new alliances are being made with experimental collectives, universities, research centres, and other organisations and programmes that share Hangar’s objectives, methods and contents.

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Hangar’s headquarters are in a former factory, loaned by Barcelona City Council, that is located in the Can Ricart complex, an industrial environment within the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona. The architecture is from the mid-19th Century, and was originally designed for the textile industry. The three buildings used by Hangar cover a total surface of 2,600m². The space includes artist studio spaces; a co-working space; two multi-purpose rooms, and an area that houses the centre’s offices.

Accommodation: Since the end of 2011, Hangar has had a residency for artists located in the old guard house of the industrial complex of Can Ricart. The building has two floors of 81m² and 63m². Each floor has two double bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. The residency has access to a community garden shared with Hangar’s staff and users.

The residence hosts a maximum of four artists together for short periods of time that go from one week up to three months. The intention is to host a minimum of two artists at a time with the aim of facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among the artists besides their individual research and production projects.

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Studios: There are eighteen artists’ studios in Hangar, available to artists for up to two years. Studios are 30m² (single) and 60m² (shared between two artists). Studios include work desks, power sockets, sink, Internet connection (wi-fi), showers and heating. Resident artists on long stays may use the following services free of charge: digital imaging lab and self-editing suite, a sound stage and multi-purpose space, as well as production advice from Hangar’s team of professionals. The resident artists also have an online publishing tool at their disposal where they can showcase their work, and a video channel.

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Multi-purpose spaces: Hangar has several multi-purpose spaces which are rented out to artists, projects, and cultural projects based on availability. The spaces can be rented with or without equipment. Equipment includes a range of spotlights, film accessories, cameras, and microphones.

Multi-purpose space: This is a 200m² space with white walls, natural light (the space can be darkened), and columns. The space is equipped with a high definition video projector, loudspeakers and a mixing desk. It is often used for the assembly of large format sculptures or installations, installation tests, projection and sound tests, photo shoots, meetings, and rehearsals.

Sound Stage: This is a 100m² space with a 4.5m high ceiling and grey walls. There is a green screen, two seamless paper backgrounds (black and white), and a linoleum floor adapted to the space. There is no natural light but the fact that it is isolated makes it a quiet place to work in. Its “T” shape creates two small lateral spaces that can be used to build small sets, or as a backstage space during shoots.

Classroom: This is a 50m² space with grey walls and natural light. The classroom is equipped with tables and chairs for 25 to 30 people. Ideal for workshops, meetings and work groups.

The Ricson Room: This room is designed mainly to serve as a stage is equipped with a dark and clear space of about 150m². The building has dressing rooms, production room and scene control booths.

Co-working space: Co-working is a way of working that allows multiple independent professionals from different fields to share the same workspace. This sustainable model, besides saving expenses, encourages collaborative projects with an exchange of resources and knowledge, generating all kinds of synergies. Hangar's co-working area is a bright 80m² space with natural light, the space is divided to allow up to twelve work tables. The co-working space is aimed at cultural fields such as cinema, design, advertising, architecture, programming etc.

The price for a workplace in the co-working space and includes the expenses of light and water, Internet optical fiber, and the use of a refrigerator, microwave and coffee machine. There are discounts for Hangar services (plotter, equipment rental, space rental, video stations and courses). The duration of co-working contracts is from one month (minimum) to one year (maximum).

Access / Artists with families: The residency does not provide information regarding accessibility for those with reduced mobility, or those artists travelling with families.

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Hangar offers services such as equipment rental, technical assistance, consulting, and production follow-up. Hangar also develops art research projects, and runs its own activities programme, which includes presentations, workshops, and other learning activities for artists. This includes "Open Thursdays", where every Thursday evening free consulting is offered to artists regarding the production and feasibility of their projects.

Production: Hangar offers assistance for all phases in the production of a project (such as feasibility reports and budgets, production coordination, etc.). They engage in co-production of art projects in collaboration with other contemporary art centres, and offer specific, free consulting regarding the production and feasibility of artists' projects.

Digital Image Lab: This lab offers two soundproof and air-conditioned rooms of 10m² each for self-service video editing and editing with support from a technician. The lab provides digital image scanning, processing, post-production and printing services. Hangar also boasts professional video, audio, and photography equipment for rent, as well as a portable system for Internet live streaming and a special inverter generator for electronic equipment. Details of available hardware and software as well as price lists are available on Hangar's website.

Hardware Development and Consultation: Hangar works with artists to develop custom hardware for their projects in accordance with its commitment to open source software and hardware. Through its Interactive Lab, Hangar develops all sorts of hardware that may be required for art projects, such as internal electronics, programming, and building prototypes. The Lab also develops copyright-free tools, available to all artists for use in any projects that may require them.

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Duration of stays: Studios are available to local artists for up to two years. Artists from exchange programmes can stay for up to three months. In the case of artists carrying out a residency based on the development of a production or research project, the duration of their stay will vary according to the needs of the project or the programme that the project belongs to.

Cost: Contact the residency directly for information.

Grants: Contact the residency directly for information.

Selection Procedure: Selection is by an independent committee of experts.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan French, Italian, German and English.


Through its grant programme, Hangar lays out procedures for collaborating with art centres all over the world, both in terms of residency exchanges and in its willingness to participate in joint research and creative experimentation projects. It also is a member of Fàbriques de Creació and Xarxa Prod.

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