Can Serrat International Art Residency

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Can Serrat meant to support creative production in all disciplines, and to offer a community working & living space.

The jury of each call selects and invites a limited number of projects to take part in the residency program.

In 2020, through the calls published throughout the year, Can Serrat offers a Full Grant to 6 creators (3 writing projects, and 3 contemporary art projects), and a limited number of partial aid support stipends (# 1, # 2, # 3), for a duration of 1 month minimum to 2 months maximum.


A private or shared room during the residency (depending on chosen preference).
Shared working space for the duration of the residency.
Access to shared spaces (kitchen, toilets, bathrooms, etc).
Food (half-board).
Access to all equipment (printmaking studio, sound recording equipment, projectors).
Possibility to organize workshop/debate in the residency.
Promotion through social media.
Human and technical resources.
Access to El Bruc’s City Council exhibition space to organize a show at the end of the residency (optional).
Connections with the local cultural scene.
Publication in the annual catalog about project worked on while at the residency.
Value of the residency for a month:  2190 €

Partial aid support to be covered by the selected resident, for a month:

  • stipend # 1: 570 €*
  • stipend # 2: 930 €*
  • stipend # 3: 1,290 €*


[The grants do not include travel expenses.]

* shared room (max 3)

Residency Programme since: 1989
Description of Organisation:

Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is a classic old Catalan farmhouse.  In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and renovations began. The space operates as a center for creation and production. Can Serrat is located in the beautiful environment of El Bruc, a small village that skirts the mountain of Montserrat, and is just forty-five kilometers from Barcelona in Spain.  The house provides various spaces and workshops for working in an awe-inspiring surrounding natural environment. A pleasant walk along paths and trails leads one from the house to the foot of the mountain, where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Les Agülles, or The Needles, of Montserrat.

Can Serrat functions as a community where people from different cultures, fields, and topics of research can meet under the same roof. The house organizes ongoing projects that everyone is welcome to participate in during their stay here.  These include, but are not limited to, a selected residency program for contemporary art and writing projects, a local nonprofit organization called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities within the local context, and a co-op for local and ecological products. Every month the house welcomes and organizes different activities in order to activate the research of the projects in production: sound recorded debates proposed by residents themselves, a monthly dinner in which we invite local citizens of the village to have a cultural exchange with the household, project presentations, a book club in which we share resources by reading excerpts and texts in various languages, ping pong, and visits to relevant project spaces and other residencies.

Can Serrat is a space of creation, community, and process.  As such, the activities we organize are oriented around this idea and reflect an interest in being present to that process, research, question, doubt, understanding, curiosity, and debate.

Organisation founded in: 1989
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Catalan
  • English
  • French
  • Norwegian (Nynorsk)
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 11 and 16
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Musical-instruments
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : We collaborate with many people around the residency, including a ceramist and a welding studio in the village. The residency provides human resources in order to find what will help the production process of each resident.
    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): The residency fee is between 570€ and 1290€ for a month (shared room) depending on the type of grant your invited with. Full grant is free of charge.
    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
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Barcelona El Prat
    Nearest Train Station: Barcelona Sants
    How to reach by train: Train only to Martorell (15 minutes from El Bruc with a car)Bus available __ company: Hispano-Igualadina
    How to reach by car: From Barcelona _ A2 highway direction Igualada/Lleida Exit: El Bruc
    Street & Number: Masia Can Serrat s/n
    Postal Code: 08294
    City: El Bruc, Barcelona
    Country long: Spain
    Masia Can Serrat s/n
    El Bruc, Barcelona 08294 ESP
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