Culture Vultures

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Name of Residency: AiR Sefrou

AiR Sefrou, under the guidance of Culture Vultures is a residency that encourages, though is not limited to, research and production. Arts practitioners, managers or academic researchers are offered a structure where they can arrive and promptly commence work.  With local knowledge, contacts, and resources alongside fully equipped lodgings and local work spaces, Culture Vultures has lead the way to facilitate a stimulating and focused working environment.

With Sefrou’s community familiar to the curious visitor, researcher or documenter and artists presentations, this small sized ancient medina was carefully chosen as a location to support and engage with an international artist residency. Guests are both undisturbed and yet connected when needed, with both Fez and the capitol Rabat easily accessible.

Depending on the period residing and the arrangement made between organization and artist, projects can be facilitated, managed and /or presented.   Terms for such are made during the application process.

The residency lodgings comprise of a small apartment close to the old city, comfortable and self contained with office space and lounge area as well as fully equipped living quarters.

A studio space for production is available upon request.  There is an additional fee for the use of this facility of *approx 140 euros  / month.  (*Depending if full use or shared. )

There is a small library with reference to the local culture and art, a reading space and an intimate co-working office area adjacent to the small but prolific Sefrou Museum of Multiculturalism that lies in the heart of the old city.

There are possibilities to rent rooms in the medina as temporary working spaces or work alongside an artisan in their workshop, arranged in advance.  For artists interested in working with an artisan please request the relevant document ( named WwA) which includes logistics and prices.

Residency Programme since: 2012
Description of Organisation:

The Organization

Culture Vultures is a small arts organization founded in 20o99 and active as AiR Sefrou,  an artist residency since 2012.  Our strengths are strong local connections and relationships built over a decade of production.  Founded by visual artist Jess Stephens, who resides and works in Sefrou, Culture Vultures boasts empathy for the practitioner and simultaneously practices a high standard of arts management.  The team includes, but is not limited to, local freelance facilitators and assistants, active community members and local partners.

The organization is also the founder and acting director of Sefrou Museum of Multiculturalism, a sister project to the residency program.  Academic researchers, art project proposals concerning Multiculturalism in Morocco and public art productions are encouraged.

Organisation founded in: 2009
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
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?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Other
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : local community, a braod range of artisan connections, local and national cultural institutions, local universities, local and regional arts and culture clubs, local library
    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): 600 euros / 6500 dh
    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
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: depends on the arrangment made in the application. Each resident is an individual case. The activities of the organization is seasonal and can vary accordingly.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Fez Saiss. 25 km
    Nearest Train Station: Fez. 25 km.
    How to reach by plane: Ryanair / AirArabia / Vueling /Fez, Rabat. Marrakesh. Royal Air Maroc. Fez, Rabat, Casablanca.
    How to reach by train: Tangier – Fez ( 4 hrs) or Marrakesh – Fez ( 8 hrs) or Rabat – Fez ( 3 hrs)
    How to reach by car: Tangier, Rabat, Fez autoroute. From there take the A road 25 km S.E to Sefrou.
    How to reach by boat: A short boat ride Tarifa in Spain and a days travel from there.
    Street & Number: 33 Kasbah
    Postal Code: 31000
    City: Sefrou, Fez
    Country long: Morocco
    33 Kasbah
    Sefrou, Fez 31000 MAR
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