Green Olive Arts

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Name of Residency: Green Olive Arts

Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco.

This Art Residency program is for artists of all disciplines, and provides a space for visual artists and writers to to get away from normal settings to do research and produce new works in a context offering an abundance of fresh inspiration. GOA offers well equipped production spaces, and opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other local and international artists. Both shared and private studio spaces are available for 3 or 6 week periods. The studio facilities are also ideal to accommodate unique art-making trips and university study-abroad groups.

In addition to providing production space for groups and individuals, GOA offers its resident artists a wide array of concierge type services including arranged housing, guided tours, gallery connections, and access to essential art supplies and tools.

Tetouan, Morocco is the ideal art-making location. Tetouan is a jewel of a city, situated in the North of Morocco, on the North-Western tip of Africa. It is nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea in a beautiful valley where two mountain ranges meet. After visiting many other Moroccan cities, many people say that Tetouan is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Its old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and culture, fairly untouched by modern development and tourism. Tetouan is the home of Morocco’s most prestigious (and only!) National Institute of Fine Art and has been described as a city where cultural events spring up at a grassroots level in a way that is rarely seen in this part of the world. Almost every street reveals a unique view of either the Rif mountains or the ancient walled city built on the hillside above the river valley.

This residency is situated in what used to be the home of a big family in the relatively small urban center of Tetouan, Morocco, about 3 minutes walk from two of the main gates of the ancient walled city. With 3 shared studios and a gallery/multipurpose space, a small salon, woodshop space, resource room, kitchen and offices, Green Olive Arts can accommodate 6 artists during regular self-directed residency seasons of 3-6 weeks length, and 8-10 artists during special annual themed residency programs and faculty led study abroad use. All studios have large windows & balconies allowing tons of sunlight and air into the spaces where creatives are at work. Staff are available to support creative proposals, help artists find what materials they need and network within the city.

Please visit GOA’s website for complete details regarding an art residency with us.

We are currently taking applications for the following residency periods:


SPRING 2020 – Convergence 2020: RESONATE – March 19 to April 15, 2020 …a programed, 4 week group residency focused on a common theme

Application Deadline: January 6, 2020


Regular Self-Directed Residencies:

FALL 2020 – September 14 – October 3 (3 weeks)

WINTER 2021 – January 4 – 23 (3 weeks)

SUMMER 2021 – June 21 – July 17 (4 weeks)

FALL 2022 – September 13 – October 23 (3 weeks or 6 weeks)

Rolling application (until spaces fill!!) … APPLICATION>>>

Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco through professional studio facilities, artist residencies, artist services, instructional programming, and international collaborative events.

Green Olive Arts was started by artists for artists, representing the culmination of the dreams of two American artists, Jeff McRobbie and Rachel Pearsey. Both Jeff and Rachel spent years creating art in Morocco and dreaming of creating a collaborative art space, where foreign and local artists could experience the richness of creating art in community. Since the doors opened in 2013, GOA has hosted over 160 artists from over 27 different countries and the collaborations and relationships with the local community have been both countless and priceless!

Organisation founded in: 2013
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Woodworking tools
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
If your residency does not include accommodation, do you assist artists in finding accommodation?: Yes
If yes, please specify: Local hotels, traditional riads (B&B), furnished apartments, home stay with local family
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    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): 2400-3500 Moroccan Dirham per week
    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
    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: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Tanger Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG), Tetouan “Seniat R’mel Airport” (TTU)
    Nearest Train Station: Tanger
    How to reach by plane: We recommend flying into Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport. From there you can take a taxi to Tetouan (about 1 hour away). Alternatively, flying into Tetouan??s Sania Ramel Airport is possible though flights there are limited.
    How to reach by train: Travel into Tanger, and continue by Supratours bus (also operated by ONCF, the train company) to Tetouan. Details on train schedules at
    How to reach by car: Connect with Green Olive Arts for specific directions when arriving by car, as road names are not well marked.
    How to reach by boat: Ferry boats from Spain to Tanger Ville or the new port at Tanger-Med are good ways to enter the country and we can arrange for transfer from either one.
    Street & Number: 18 Ave. Mohamed ben Abderrahman
    Postal Code: 93000
    City: Tetouan
    Country long: Morocco
    18 Ave. Mohamed ben Abderrahman
    Tetouan 93000 MAR
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