CAI Projects A.I.R. is an international artist-in-residence programme established in Southern Spain (Andalusia) in the city of Cadiz, a maritime settlement with over three thousand years of history and strategic point of entrance, passage and meeting place of cultures and civilizations, where the Atlantic Ocean converges with the Mediterranean Sea. The residency is located in the city centre, a few minutes away from the beach, surrounded by historic heritage sites and popular culture venues (flamenco). An ideal setting to explore and research, with access to local archives, libraries, theatres, museums and the local university. The programme brings support and companionship to contemporary artists and current creators of any discipline or nationality, to develop socially relevant projects in specific contexts, within the local, social and cultural network of the city. Our main objective is to use this rich historical, cultural, environmental and geopolitical heritage to generate creative stimuli, dialogue and critical thinking through the interaction of artists, thinkers, cultural agents and the wider local community and to promote ideas of coexistence, inclusion, diversity and interculturality.
Duration of residency
Between 1-2 months. Artists must specify in their application the date (the month & year) they are applying for.
The residency is located in the heart of Cadiz and artists are invited to share studios and live together with the directors of the project, thus giving the resident artists a unique opportunity to be deeply immersed in local life, to create in an artistic environment and to generate positive and enriching experiences with the local community. Artists can also make the most of our immediate professional help and expertise. We offer our two artists in residence the possibility of staying in our two private single rooms (complete with individual working spaces) in an authentic, spacious flat, located in an XVIII century building, with a large shared studio space, a shared bathroom (only with another artist), a fully equipped large shared kitchen and Wireless Internet connection.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We welcome artists from all disciplines and nationalities. We offer our artists in residence, administrative, curatorial support guidance and companionship during office hours. We also take care of the publicity; the press releases and we arrange networking meetings with art practitioners and local artists.
Studio / Workspace
CAI Projects has a large shared studio with plenty of natural light, two individual 1,50m X 80cm desks, lamps, comfortable chairs, an easel, material trays, a photography projector, a research library, basic office supplies, a video-projector and a flat-screen (for presentations and final events). Artists also have an individual/private working space at their disposal.
Fees and support
We strongly encourage artists to secure external funding before applying to the residency. We can issue a letter of acceptance into the programme upon request. Expenses paid by the artist: Artist in Residence Programme- Membership Fee for Friend Members (600 euros/month), transport and daily living expenses. CAI Projects is a private, artist-run, non-profit organisation which is self-funded through membership fees. All artists are Friend Members of our organization and have to pay their membership fee in full, after the application has been successfully approved and we have received all the supporting documents, to secure their place in the programme.</p></p>
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are not required to create and present a finished piece of work; they can choose to share their creative process instead. Therefore artists can choose between doing an Open Studio, an artist-talk within our “Confluences” cycle and running a workshop. Exhibitions are arranged on a case-by-case basis, depending on the characteristics and the quality of work. We expect our residents to be professional, to show commitment to their practice and to keep their individual and shared spaces/ studios tidy and clean.</p></p>
Please send your application to email@example.com with the following information in ONE PDF file (10MB max.): 1) A BRIEF OUTLINE of your plans/ description of your research project (related to the local context of the residency)- this proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the residency. 2) A RECENT CV and any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications, etc.). 3) A PORTFOLIO with min. 5 images of recent work, with captions and a short description, if necessary. 4) A short WORKSHOP PROPOSAL (optional). A Selection Committee, formed by our Founding Members, Guest Artists and Invited Curators, selects artists. The main criteria are the quality of their work, the relation between their discourse and contemporary art practices and the capacity to interact with the social and cultural context of the community.