Fundación Valparaiso

General information

Brief description of organisation

Fundación Valparaíso was established in 1989 by Paul Beckett, a Danish artist, and his wife Beatrice, who both have a long life knowledge of art and conservation patronage.

The retreat is situated on the edge of terraced almond, orange and olive groves, 150 meters above sea level, and enjoys a beautiful panoramic view, which includes the Mediterranean, the Sierra Cabrera and the white hilltop village of Mojácar. The retreat was formerly an olive oil mill house.

Rural roads and trails crisscross the surrounding valley, and the region is a hikers paradise. Cars, mopeds and bicycles can be rented on the beach about 4 kilometers from the retreat. There are local bus services. The famous monumental Andalucia cities Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla can be reached by bus, as well as Madrid and Barcelona.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Artists Residence is situated amongst olive, orange and almond groves 2km from the beach at 150m above sea level. The Residence has magnificent views to the Mediterranean coast and the Sierra Cabrera, home to the town of Mojacar.
This rural retreat, an old olive mill, has eight private rooms with en suite bathroom, a dining room, a library with more than 10,000 titles and various other common areas. Each unit consists of a studio, a bedroom and a bathroom. Several of the rooms also have outdoor terraces or access to the courtyard. It also has its own vegetable garden and four individual workshops for painters, sculptors and multi media artists, as well as a study and auditorium for the musicians.
Length stay: 2 or 4 weeks.
2018 fees*
2 weeks (1-14 or 14-28): 600 € (full room and board)
4 weeks (1-28): 1 200 € (full room and board)
*vat not included

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Grants available

The Valparaíso Foundation offers, to artists from all over the world and from all branches of the arts (writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, visual artists, etc.), a quiet and peaceful retreat where they can concentrate on their art, free from distraction and the duties of daily life. Since 2016, due to financial restructuring, Valparaiso Foundation must charge, to all its residents, a minimum fee to cover living costs. However, thanks to institutional support and art patronage, 2 grants are provided each month, for 2 of the residents. Once the artist completes the application process and pays the full residence fees, the VF Board of trustees chaired by Beatrice Beckett will select 2 residents each month to be awarded with the Grants, reimbursing them their full fees payments. The selection criteria is based, only and exclusively, on artistic quality and professional excellence. The Foundation management will contact personally with the selected artists. Ayuntamiento de Mojácar Artist-in-Residence Grant (see our website for more details: ) Ch Artist-in-Residence grant for plastic artists (

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies

Residency fees cover food and room

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Musical Instruments
  • Studios for visual artists with tables, boards, easels, water, electricity
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation

How to reach

By train

There is no train to Mojácar. The nearest train stations are in Almería capital or Lorca (in Murcia) and from there buses must be taken.

By plane

The nearest airport is Almería.

By car

There are 535 Kms. from Madrid to Mojácar, but there are also bus connections from Madrid, Málaga and Alicante.

Nearest airport

Almeria (LEI)

Contact information

Fundación Valparaiso
Apartado de Correos, 836
04638 Mojácar Playa, Almeria

Phone: +34-950-472380

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