Can Serrat

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El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain.

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ADDRESS: Masia Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona 08294, Spain.
TELEPHONE: (0034) 93 771 02 29.
DISCIPLINES: Painting and drawing, printmaking, literature, sculpture, music.


Can Serrat is an international centre for artists, art students, musicians, writers, architects, sculptors and others, who may benefit from temporarily moving their activity to an old farmhouse in Spain. It was founded in 1988 by a group of twelve Norwegian artists whose primary purpose was to create an exciting working and living space for themselves and others. Though much has happened over the years, the guiding philosophy remains the same. Residents are invited to partake in a friendly community of working artists, while drawing inspiration from the Catalan hills and the nearby city of Barcelona. Can Serrat supports artists as they develop their ideas in a communal atmosphere, free from the usual demands of daily life.


Can Serrat is a rustic farmhouse, just five minutes' walk from the village of El Bruc, within the confines of Montserrat Natural Park. El Bruc is about 45 minutes by bus north-west of Barcelona, and is at the foot of Montserrat, Catalonia’s sacred mountain which is unique due to its spectacular natural forms. Situated in the heart of the famous Penedés wine and cava region, the village of El Bruc has a population of about 1,400. Here you will find a bar, four restaurants, several grocery shops, a bakery, a swimming pool (open in July and August), a pharmacy, a doctor, and a bank with cash machine. The area, very popular with hikers and climbers, has been a Natural Park since 1987.


Eight bedrooms, a dormitory, a dining room, two kitchens, a bathroom, three studios, an outdoor working space, and an exhibition gallery.

Accommodation: Eight rustic but charming bedrooms of various sizes are on the first floor. As Can Serrat is an old farmhouse, the rooms aren't equipped with private bathrooms; a communal bathroom with private sinks and showers is located on the ground floor. The in-house cook prepares one communal meal each day.

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Studios: A wine cellar (260m²) has been converted into a multi-purpose studio with facilities for printmaking and performance. The space includes three large (shared) painting/multi-use studios (35, 50 and 75m²). There is also ample outdoor working space (both covered and open).

The printmaking studio is composed of a motorised chalcographic printing press (80cm wide), glass tables, blankets and a paper press. Some basic tools are available for use but it is suggested that experienced printmakers bring their own set of tools. Please note that the studio is not set up for acid etching. Materials which must be brought or purchased locally are inks, plates, varnish, personal tools, paper. A basic level of knowledge is required for using the printmaking facilities except during a workshop situation, when an experienced printmaker is supervising the activities.

Equipment which can be used free of charge by artists include: easels, drawing boards and some tools. All other necessary art supplies can be purchased in and around Barcelona. Guests at Can Serrat receive a professional discount at several retailers; please consult the staff for more information.

Access / Artists with families: Can Serrat state that while children are welcome and are sure to find the place exciting, it is designed as a working place for artists, and parents should take care of their youngsters. Both indoors and out, machines as well as sharp tools, chemicals and so forth can be found. The house is old so small children must be looked after at all times. They provide no information regarding access for artists with reduced mobility.

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Duration of stays: One month.

Cost: For the exact price list and availability of print studios, please check their website. All residents must come with their own health insurance. The per-day price for using the printmaking studio is €4. Studio time should be reserved in advance.

Grants: Can Serrat offers a limited number of Support Stipends to visual artists and writers. The stipends cover 40% of the total cost (food, lodging and workspace) of stays lasting from 30 - 90 days. Each year, Can Serrat offers two Visual Art Full Stipends which entitle the winners to a 30-day residency including free accommodation in a shared room, breakfast and dinner (except Sundays), and shared access to studio space. The selected artists are responsible for all extra personal living expenses such as lunch, art supplies, travel and insurance costs, telephone charges and any other expenses occured during their stay.

Selection Procedure: Can Serrat operates as an open residency; there is no formal application procedure for attending. Booking depends on space availability. Each year, they offer a number of stipends to selected artists for a one month residency at Can Serrat.

Writer Full Stipends Applications will be accepted from:
1) 1st February - 1st March;
2) 1st July - 1st August.

Visual Artist Full Stipends Applications will be accepted from:
1) 1st April - 1st May;
2) 1st October - 1st November.

The results of the Full Stipends are announced two months after deadline application date.

Applying visual artists should send:
CV and artist statement, with cover letter describing the project or work planned for the residency period.
Visual documentation of recent work (ten jpg images).

All chosen candidates have the opportunity to do an exhibition at the center at the end of their residency and are asked to leave one piece of work as a donation to Can Serrat's permanent collection. The residency is open to visual artists in all fields, regardless of nationality or age.

Languages: English and Spanish.

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