AADK Spain

Name of Residency: AADK Spain / Artistic Residency Program

AADK Spain understands residency programs as contextualized spaces where location models the practices and modifies both its participants and the local communities. Thus, our Artistic Residency is an interdisciplinary and socially committed program that offers its attendants a space for analysis and production. It aims to facilitate research in rural environments, highlighting the value of local knowledge as a means to re-think how these locations can position themselves in an era of massive urbanization through a social, historical and geographical perspective.

Throughout their stay, participants create a temporary community that shares experiences and processes, fostering debate and a transversal perspective of their projects. AADK Spain provides tutelage and curatorial follow-up as well as assistance in production and management of projects and Open Studios night on the last Saturday of each month. Additionally, participants are encouraged to keep in touch with us after their residency ends, so that we can promote their work in forthcoming exhibitions curated by our platform as well as in papers, conferences and/or publications.

The residence periods may be from one up to six months with two months being the recommended minimum for the full development of a project.

To date, the program has hosted more than 300 artists from various disciplines. It is open to both individual and collective proposals.

The cost for the residency program varies according to the number of members per project.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

AADK Spain is an international artistic platform that opens up spaces for research and contemporary creation. With a focus set on experimental and creative processes, its primary interest is to explore the notions of body, territory, and spatiality through an interdisciplinary approach.

The platform advocates the decentralization of culture and access to contemporary art in non-urban areas. It addresses local issues as a means to understand global problems.

Currently based in Centro Negra (Blanca, Murcia), AADK Spain holds several programs among which its Artistic Residency Program stands out. Deeply rooted in its context, the program constitutes a framework for research and debate where knowledge exchange and creative collaboration are always encouraged. Besides the aforementioned, the platform also holds a wide number of activities, workshops and events that enrich the stay of the artists in residence.

Furthermore, AADK Spain weaves networks with other cultural and artistic enterprises in order to facilitate mobility for the artists that it hosts and fosters their work at national and international circuits.

Organisation founded in: 2006
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 650€ – the fee varies based on type of accommodation and if an individual or a collective.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Alicante-Elche (ALC) and Aeropuerto Internacional Región de Murcia (RMU)
    Nearest Train Station: Cieza/Murcia
    How to reach by plane: From the airports you can take a bus to Murcia and another to Blanca.
    How to reach by train: From Madrid Atocha train station you can take a train to Cieza or Murcia. If you travel to Cieza, you will need to arrange a taxi to Blanca.
    How to reach by car: Blanca is a 3 hour drive from Madrid, 30 minutes from Murcia and one hour from Alicante.
    Street & Number: Calle Castillo, 30
    Postal Code: 30540
    City: Blanca
    Country long: Spain