Centre d'Art i Natura (CAN) Farrera

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Farrera, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain.

URL: www.farreracan.cat
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ADDRESS: La Bastida s/n, 25595 Farrera, Pallars Sobirà, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain.
TELEPHONE: (0034) 973 62 21 06.
DISCIPLINES: All visual arts, music, literature and social and natural sciences. The programme is focused on art and nature.


The Centre d'Art i Natura (CAN) Farrera is a residence programme for artists and researchers from all over the world. They accept projects of all types and disciplines, but is residence is mainly aimed at artists with an interest in nature, as well as geologists, botanists, geographers, historians, anthropologists and other experts in the areas of social and natural science.

Apart from its residential service, the centre organises grants and exchanges, courses and seminars, exhibitions of works from its art collection, publications and original editions, as well as performances and presentations. In operation since 1996, it is a public initiative for local development at the service of creativity and research, and is owned by the local council and administered by a non-profit association, the Friends of the Centre d’Art i Natura de Farrera.


Situated at an altitude of 1,360m in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, 250km from Barcelona and not far from Andorra, the village of Farrera (25 inhabitants) benefits from an exceptional and peaceful setting ideally suited to reflection, inspiration and creative work, whether as an individual or in a group.

The natural environment of high mountains – covered in woods with both conifer and deciduous trees, hay fields, steep pastures and craggy rocks – combines with the authenticity of local cultural, architectural and social heritage to create a unique context for field work, research and study.

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Centre d’Art i Natura has three refurbished traditional buildings and a newly designed annex. The Estudi, Farrera’s old school, is now an apartment with a double bed and a workroom with a piano (this building is particularly suited for music, composition or literary creation). Casa Ramon is an old family house, with a double room, a single room and an attic with two single beds. The Bastida is the new residential space, with two single rooms and one double room. There is a wi-fi connection available in all of the residential spaces.

Accommodation: The centre’s living quarters are simple and comfortable, with double and single rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Unless they make other arrangements in advance, residents are required to arrange their own breakfast and lunch, but the centre provides dinner every day (except Sunday) in the communal dining room in The Bastida, at 9pm (8pm in winter). This dinner is the only social obligation in the residents’ timetable.

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Studios: CAN offers spaces that are ideal for working, as well as freedom for residents to establish their own daily rhythm in an atmosphere conducive to creativity. The studios enjoy plenty of sunlight, as well as a supply of water and electricity. They are also suitable for holding meetings, seminars and courses (for ten to twelve people)..

Casa Ramon has a 15m² studio with running water, good natural light and electricity. The Bastida features a 50m² studio with running water, excellent natural light and electricity, and another 60m² studio for non-toxic printing. It also features a research space equipped with a MacPro computer with wi-fi Internet connection, maps of the area and a small library specialising in studies of mountains, landscape, nature, art and poetry.

Work Facilities: Residents should bring the materials they require for their work as there are no specialist shops in the vicinity, although it should be emphasised that the setting abounds in organic and mineral materials. The centre provides easels for both indoor and outdoor work; tripods; projectors (transparencies, slides and computer projections); a light box; binoculars and a small telescope; and a Yamaha Clavinova piano. Residents will receive personalised attention and support and, if they so desire, an introduction to the natural surroundings.

Access / Artists with families: The centre does not provide any information on access for artists with reduced mobility or for those with families.

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Duration of stays: From one week up to eleven months.

Cost: Please check the residency website for an updated price list.

Grants: Please check the residency website for information on their grant programme. There are usually three per year (for creation, research, and performance art) for residents of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. They are for one-month projects related with the mountain environment. There may also be grants as part of other specific programmes such as Saó, Frontiers in Retreat, and exchange programmes.

Selection procedure: Any professional or practitioner of artistic creation or research can become a resident of the CAN. Individuals or groups interested in a residency should send a CV, examples of recent work, an explanation or outline of the project to be undertaken during the residence, and the desired dates.

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French.


CAN Farrera actively participates in the International Association of Residential Arts Centres and Networks (Res Artis); is a member of the Alliance for Artists Communities (AAC); and it is also a founding member of the Network of Spaces for Art Production in Catalunya. It has exchanges with:

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland)
Nordisk Centre of Dale (Norway)
The HIAP of Cable Factory (Finland)
Ufa-Fabrik, Berlin (Gemany)
Artellewa Centre, El Cairo (Egypt)

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