Arxiu Comarcal de l’Urgell (ACUR)

The residency program is located in a public archive in a small city in the region of Catalonia. From the Arxiu Comarcal de l’Urgell(ACUR) we want to support the creators and researchers, from any scientific or artistic discipline, who produce, reflect upon or research, the documents and archives for inspiring and basing the work.

Therefore, ACUR provides residents with their equipment for carrying out their creations and research. With particular interest in facilitating cultural exchange and dialogue and interaction between the residents and their projects with the local inhabitants.

The aims of the residency program are:

• To promote artistic research and production in a public archive
• To contribute to the artistic promotion associated with interpreting documents
• To enrich the experience for the artist and host city, based on the dialogue between them.
• To open a new field of transdisciplinary focus on archives

The Archive provides the selected residents with various areas for researching, creating, experimenting and devising their projects. We also offer temporary accommodation with various bedrooms, kitchen-dining room and some common areas. These facilities are provided in an old hotel that has been renovated and managed by Associació Alba (an association focused on promoting people with disabilities), and which is located in the town centre. The Archive offers to create a link between the resident and the local cultural and social network.

Applications are open to artists from any sector of art, culture or science. Creators, researchers in all fields (visual arts, literature, music, social sciences, natural sciences, scientists, etc.) who wish to focus their work or research projects on ACUR.

The selected projects will have to be developed between of period of 15 to 30 days maximum, during the residency period, from 1 to 31 July 2020.

The projects will be selected by a committee of archivists, historians, university lecturers and prestigious artists

Residency Programme since: 2017
Description of Organisation: The Arxiu Comarcal de l’Urgell (ACUR) was created in 1982, following an agreement signed between the Department of Culture and the Tàrrega Town Hall. In 1986 its new headquarters were opened in the old part of the town, and it joined the Network of Regional Archives of the Generalitat de Catalonia.

The Archive is the custodian of public and private (from institutions, families or individuals) documentation collections, both old and modern, that exist in various formats (such as photographs, films, letters, maps, posters, printed material…etc.) on various supports (parchment scrolls, paper, glass, plastic, digital media, etc).

ACUR’s basic mission is to collect, treat, preserve, conserve, diffuse and assess the area’s public and private documentation heritage. And also, to facilitate documentation access and consultation so as to respond to citizen rights and public administration functions.

In the field of cultural action, ACUR promotes facilitating, creating and diffusing ideas through publications, courses, exhibitions, and reusing their contents.

The Archive is the custodian of public and private (from institutions, families and individuals) documentation collections, both old and modern, that exist in various formats (like photographs, films, letters, maps, posters, printed material…etc.) on various materials (parchment scrolls, paper, glass, plastic, digital media, etc.).

Organisation founded in: 1986
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • Catalan
  • English
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • 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
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Lleida Alguaire (nearest). Barcelona Aeroport del Prat (more useful)
    Nearest Train Station: Tàrrega
    How to reach by plane: Barcelona Aeroport del Prat. Train connection. Lleida Alguaire. Only taxi connection
    How to reach by train: AVE (high speed train) to Lleida Local train service from Lleida to Tàrrega Regional Barcelona – Tàrrega – Lleida train service (via Manresa)
    How to reach by car: The main access routes to Tàrrega by road are: A2: A2 Madrid – Barcelona motorway C-25 (Transversal Axis): C-25 Girona – Vic – Lleida motorway C-14 (Tarragona- Andorra Axis): C-14 Tarragona – Reus – Andorra road
    Street & Number: Carrer de les Sitges, 4
    Postal Code: 25300
    City: Tàrrega
    Country long: Spain