Fundacion Valparaiso

*34 950472380

The Artists Residence is situated amongst olive, orange and almond groves 2km from the beach at 150m above sea level. The Residence has magnificent views to the Mediterranean coast and the Sierra Cabrera, home to the town of Mojacar.

This rural retreat, an old olive mill, has eight private rooms with en suite bathroom, a dining room, a library with more than 10,000 titles and various other common areas. Each unit consists of a studio, a bedroom and a bathroom. Several of the rooms also have outdoor terraces or access to the courtyard. It also has its own vegetable garden and four individual workshops for painters, sculptors and multi media artists, as well as a study and auditorium for the musicians.

Each month up to eight artists come together at the Mojacar Residence. More than twenty five years of experience has shown this number to be ideal for facilitating an interchange of ideas in a friendly and enriching atmosphere. Full room and board, as

Residency Programme since: 1990
Description of Organisation: Fundacion Valparaiso was established in 1990 by Paul Beckett, a Danish artist, and his wife Beatrice, who both have a long life knowledge of art and conservation patronage.

One of the Valparaiso Foundation’s main aims is to offer artists from all over the world and from all branches of the arts (writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, visual artists, etc.), a quiet and peaceful retreat where they can concentrate on their art, free from distraction and the duties of daily life.

The retreat is situated on the edge of terraced almond, orange and olive groves, 150 meters above sea level, and enjoys a beautiful panoramic view, which includes the Mediterranean, the Sierra Cabrera and the white hilltop village of Mojacar. The retreat was formerly an olive oil mill house.

Rural roads and trails crisscross the surrounding valley, and the region is a hikers paradise. Cars, mopeds and bicycles can be rented on the beach about 4 kilometers from the retreat. There are local bus services. The famous monumental Andalucia cities Granada, Cordoba, Seville can be reached by bus, train or plane, as well as Madrid and Barcelona.

Organisation founded in: 1990
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Private 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?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Meals
  • Cleaning
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Sound recording studio
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 2019 fees* 2 weeks (1-14 or 14-28): 775 €* (full room and board) 4 weeks (1-28): 1550 €* (full room and board) *vat not included: 10%
    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): Each year 25 grants—fully covering the residency fee—can be provided, thanks to institutional support and art patronage. The selection criteria is based, only and exclusively, on artistic quality and professional excellence.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: Presentation to the other artists and to the Foundation Board, at the end of the stay, of the work achieved during the program
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Almeria (LEI)
    Nearest Train Station: Almeria or Lorca
    How to reach by plane: The nearest airport is Almeria.
    How to reach by train: There is no train to Mojacar. The nearest train stations are in Almeria capital or Lorca (in Murcia) and from there buses must be taken.
    How to reach by car: There are 535 Kms. from Madrid to Mojacar, but there are also bus connections from Madrid, Malaga and Alicante.
    Street & Number: Camino Eras del Lugar 23
    Postal Code: 04638
    City: Mojacar, Almeria
    Country long: Spain
    Camino Eras del Lugar 23
    Mojacar, Almeria 04638 Spain
    Get directions