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Name of Residency: Artists in Residency Catalunya

Artist-in-Residency.Catalunya (AIR.CAT) is an artist residency program organized around the physical exploration of the Catalan littoral and the production of art in response to this coastal exploration.

The program is an artist-run/publicly supported contemporary art residency based in the Catalan city of Tossa de Mar, a small town located just one and a half hours north of Barcelona at the base of the Costa Brava in the heart of Catalunya, Spain. The residency experience is focused on fusing creative production with outdoor physical interaction with the natural environment. Also offered is a private guided tour of The Sagrada Familia basiilica in Barcelona with its project director Jordi Fauli and a field trip to Dali’s studio in PortLligat

The Residency is semi-structured with a first week of kayak, snorkel, hiking excursions as well as field trips. Weeks 2 and 3 are mostly focused on the residents’ individual in-studio production; the final week is mostly dedicated to the installation of a group show at the Municipal Museum of Tossa de Mar.

Our Studio is located in a large open work-space across the street from the Acerbi Residence in Tossa. It includes a large kitchen, two restrooms, fantastic natural light, air-conditioning and free wifi. The final exhibition space is located in Tossa de Mar’s Municipal Museum, situated within the historic walls of the 13th century Villa Vella, the medieval wall and towers that enclose the original city village. The Tossa Municipal Art Museum is the first contemporary art museum in Spain. The efforts of AIR.CAT will be to refresh and continue this distinction for Tossa de Mar

Participating artists will produce art, design and creative work reflecting their own interests and personal projects to be presented in a public gallery exhibit at the Municipal Museum of Tossa on the last day of the program. The City of Tossa de Mar is a supporting partner of AIR.CAT through its City Hall/Cultural Affairs Department who are providing all physical spaces, stipends and other forms of logistical support to this residency.

Selection of participating residents is highly competitive through a portfolio and CV review. For specific information regarding submission deadlines and required submission materials, please go to the AIR.CAT website


Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation:

AIR.CAT is open to all media in the visual, literary, musical or other artists and designers: architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, music, poetry, collage, performance, installation, photography, digital, conceptual and site specific interventions. AIR.CAT is a Summer studio-based experience focused on the physical and cultural landscape of the Costa Brava Littoral. It is based in the city of Tossa de Mar, Spain and is coordinated and mentored by US-based artists Dennis Hollingsworth  and Gerard Smulevich. The non-profit organization is funded by the City of Tossa de Mar and by private contributions. Residents are offered free lodging in 2-person shared rooms located in the landmark Acerbis residence, a Bauhaus-influenced design from 1945. The selected residents are also offered a 24/7 studio work-space and a 500 Euro cash stipend for production materials. AIR.CAT  accepts six (6) residents per summer. The residency concludes with a well-attended, generously catered and broadly publicized  group exhibition at the Municipal Museum of the City of Tossa de Mar.

Organisation founded in: 2018
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Museum
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Catalan
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Film-making
  • Architecture
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes, We have relationships with various local and regional galleries and the City Government + Municipal Museum of the City of Tossa de Mar, Spain.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 500 Euros
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Other
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Barcelona and Girona
    Nearest Train Station: Blanes/ Girona
    How to reach by plane: Barcelona + Bus
    Street & Number: Av. Pelegrí, 8, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, SPAIN
    Postal Code: 17320
    City: Tossa de Mar
    Country long: Spain
    Av. Pelegrí, 8, 17320 Tossa de Mar, Girona, SPAIN
    Tossa de Mar 17320 Girona ESP
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