Asociación Imágenes y Palabras

Name of Residency: El Hacedor

El Hacedor, based in the village of La Aldea del Portillo de Busto (Burgos, Spain), offers a creative space and a meeting place for artists from all over the world. El Hacedor has got an extensive workshop for artistic production (150 m2, with an enormous amount of all type of tools and materials), an art gallery (150 m2), divided in 3 communicating spaces, an open air exhibition (3.000 m2), a small library and a hostel where members of Imagenes y Palabras, artists, students, volunteers and guests can stay (10 places). In the workshop, artists can produce their work and exchange ideas. We offer the possibility of exhibition of created artworks in our gallery and/or in the outside scarecrows park. We are also open to proposals for interventions in the environment.

Artists from all disciplines are invited. El Hacedor is both suitable for individual artists as well as for (small) groups. The residency is open between march and november, without limit of duration of stay. Contact us for more details.

Residency Programme since: 2010
Description of Organisation:

Imágenes y Palabras (Images & Words) is an independent cultural association organizing cultural and artistic activities in rural areas in northern Spain since 1999. The activities it organizes are always brought together in their invitation to create, both in terms of ideas as well as in artworks. We try to become a stimulus for artists and call for an active participation from the public. The span of our organization is wide: we organize contemporary art exhibitions, film viewings, workshops for children, scarecrow-competitions, seminars, theatre-plays, book readings, …  in other words, all that in one way or another relate to Culture and Society.

The cultural centre and collective workshop El Hacedor opened its doors to the public in 2009. Our lodgment, El Descanso del Hacedor, a small rural hostel, allows us to invite artists from all over the world to come and create, share, live, fight, laugh, struggle, suffer and succeed, … , which is and has always been the main objective to construct the huge workshop at La Aldea del Portillo de Busto.


Organisation founded in: 1999
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : we have many contacts with other residencies throughout Spain and we are willing to help artists to find other suitable Spanish residencies.
    Application process: Open call
    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): 200€/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
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: all facilities related with the use of the workshop & those related with the exhibition of works
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Other
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Bilbao, Madrid
    Nearest Train Station: Miranda de Ebro, Burgos, Briviesca
    How to reach by plane: Bilbao, (direct Bus from Bilbao to Onia _ ALSA company); Madrid (bus to Burgos (ALSA company). Then bus from Burgos to Onia (Soto y Alonso company).
    How to reach by train: check train to Burgos, Briviesca or Miranda de Ebro
    How to reach by car: – From France/Basque Country (3 hours from French border): follow the N1, direction Burgos/Madrid until Onia/Santander N232 (aprox. 20 km after Miranda de Ebro (Burgos). Continue N232 until Frías/Quintana Martin Galindez (3rd junction). Get up the mountain and after having reached the top, it’s 2 km down. On the first crossroads you will find la Aldea del Portillo de Busto.
    Street & Number: Calle Medina, 2
    Postal Code: 09211
    City: La Aldea del Portillo de Busto
    Country long: Spain
    Calle Medina, 2
    La Aldea del Portillo de Busto 09211 BU ESP
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