Cafe Tissardmine

Name of Residency: Cafe Tissardmine

Cafe Tissardmine is a situated in a remote village in the Moroccan Sahara. We recognise the need for artists to recharge, share ideas, be inspired and to find a place to breathe. We run month-long residencies for a maximum of six artists with this idea in mind. The residency is not project based or requiring specific engagement or outcome but it is a place to find peace and new ideas. Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply. As we are so remote we cannot offer internet access on a daily basis, but a trip into town is possible to catch up on emails.

A Residency at Cafe Tissardmine is also an opportunity to discover the richness of the Berber culture their way of life, cooking and crafts.

The cost of the residency covers full board, accommodation and some transportation.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

Cafe Tissardmine is run by founder and owner Karen Hadfield (Australia) . It is situated in a very remote village which provides a beautifully quiet environment.

At Cafe Tissardmine we conserve water, are totally solar powered for both hot water and power. We try to reduce rubbish as much as we can and ask artists to be mindful of what they bring into the region. If you bring in any toxic artist materials and packaging we ask that you leave with them as well!

As one of the few businesses in the area, we provide employment for many locals through our need for services such as laundry, bread making, building and cooking.

At present we work with the local association that works for the benefit of the community. Our current project is hosting an annual health clinic

Organisation founded in: 2010
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Library
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : no
    Application process: Digital application
    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): 9,600 Moroccan Dirham includes accommodation with full board
    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
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: some excursions
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Cafe/restaurant
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: N/A
    Nearest Airport: Fes
    Nearest Train Station: Fes
    How to reach by plane: The nearest airport is Errachidia. It flies twice a week from Casablanca and arrives at around midnight. We will pick you up at the airport if you let us know your flight details at least two days beforehand. There will be an extra charge for this service.
    How to reach by train: No trains but there are buses from Marrakech and Fes.Bus from Marrakech is once a day and takes around 11 – 12 hours. The bus from Fes is overnight and takes around 9 hours. Get your ticket to Erfoud where we will pick you up to take you the rest of way across the piste.
    How to reach by car: The closest major city is Fes. Take the route to Rissani via Ifrane, Midelt, Errachidia and Erfoud. When you get to Rissani take the driection out of town towards Merzouga. After about 13kms you will cross a bridge over a dry river bed when you will see a sign on the left for Cafe Tissardmine. We will be waiting there to guide you the rest of the way to our place – but only if you have called us the day before to say when you are arriving!
    Street & Number: Ksar Tissardmine
    Postal Code: 52450
    City: Rissani
    Ksar Tissardmine
    Rissani 52450 MAR
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