Hug Culture

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Artist residency in Madrid with a Nordic focus (Finland in particular). The residency is open to artists of all disciplines, curators and researchers. Due to its location in a versatile neighbourhood of Madrid, it is also well-suited for social or communal projects. The residency activities are customized according to the residents’ wishes and interests.

Objectives include the creation and promotion of international cultural exchange. This is achieved through the residency programme, networking, events, co-productions and research.


Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

Hug Culture

– is a non-profit cultural association, whose purpose is the creation and promotion of international cultural exchange.

– runs a residency programme in Madrid, Spain, and also initiates and facilitates projects elsewhere.

– was founded by Miguel Angel Gilfer’s initiative in 2014, and is currently managed by him, Rafael Agudo, Toni Ledentsa and Anna Mertanen, with the occasional participation of Susana Nevado, Klaara Nieminen, Mari Nieves Vergara and Julia San Millan.

– works to realise its objectives through the residency programme, networking, events, co-productions and research. The resident artists and creatives are introduced to the vibrant Madrid art scene, and supported in relation to their interests.

– is familiar with many cultural and social institutions, associations, spaces and people. Therefore, we can help establish creative connections and collaborations between our residents and local entities in Madrid, and also internationally. We are passionate about fostering creativity, research, education and the production of culture and knowledge.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Local workshop facilities, exhibition spaces, cultural and educational institutions, etc.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez
    Nearest Train Station: Madrid Chamartin
    Street & Number: C/ Calasparra, 10, Local 9
    Postal Code: 28033
    City: Madrid
    Country long: Spain
    C/ Calasparra, 10, Local 9
    Madrid 28033 ESP
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