Name of Residency: RIAD KIKU

The house is in the old centre of the Medina of Marrakech.

There are 4 rooms + an atelier/salon which can also be used as an additional bedroom) 2 bathrooms in the house, an extra toilet, kitchen and living room plus a nice big terrace.

We organize interdisciplinary seminars where the aim is to sharpen perception and creativity. Next seminar will be held in April 2020.

Residency Programme since: 2017
Description of Organisation:

The house of the finish painter Kirsi Mikkola. She fell in love with the medina and has renovated the house completely. This place is for her the perfect place to find inspiration and peace to work. Now she wants to share it with other artists.

„Renovating this beautiful structure that was falling apart has been an act of commitment to the preservation of the Medina.
The house has simple yet appealing architectural character. When renovating it became clear that these architectural “volumes “ were the most essential aspect in creating an atmosphere of lightness and comfort. The house is an oasis of peace and harmony , the interiors are more ascetic than decorative .
Now that it is fully livable the intention is to offer it to interested individuals to spend time there. They may have an artistic project to work on or wish to get to know this exciting, beautiful city and its surroundings  be it the nearby Atlas Mountains or coastal towns such as Esaouira.
There are 4 bedrooms, an atelier (which can also be used as an additional bedroom), 2 bathrooms, an extra toilet, kitchen and living room plus a nice big terrace.
Tanizaki writes about architecture and atmosphere in his short book “ In Praise of Shadows “
“ And so it has come that the beauty of a Japanese room depends on a variation of shadows, heavy shadows against light shadows-it has nothing else.”
This is the key to the peaceful atmosphere that I have so loved in my house. The location is at the end of an undulating alley where you reach a spot of stillness. This is the reason to be there, to be one with the forces that will give you the connection with yourself“

Organisation founded in: please choose
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • German
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
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
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Architecture
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : upon request
    Application process: Postal 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): 4500 MAD pr month
    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
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Menara airport Marrakesh
    Nearest Train Station: Marrakesh train station
    How to reach by plane: Menera airport Marrakesh
    How to reach by train: Marrakesh train station
    How to reach by car: Parking Jamaa Fna
    Street & Number: Derb el Maada 16, Quartier Azbezt
    Postal Code: 40034
    City: Marrakesh
    Derb el Maada 16, Quartier Azbezt
    Marrakesh 40034 MAR
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