Green Olive Arts

General information

Brief description of organisation

Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco through professional studio facilities, artist residencies, artist services, instructional programming, and international collaborative events.

Green Olive Arts was started by artists for artists, representing the culmination of the dreams of two American artists, Jeff McRobbie and Rachel Pearsey. Both Jeff and Rachel had spent years creating art in Morocco and dreaming of how they could create a collaborative art space, where foreign and local artists could experience the richness of creating art alongside each other in a multicultural environment.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco.

Our Art Residency program is for artists of all disciplines, and provides a space for artists to travel away from their normal settings to do research and produce new works in a context offering an abundance of fresh inspiration. GOA offers fully equipped production spaces, and opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other local and international artists. Both shared and private studio spaces are available. The large size of GOA’s facilities also allows them to accommodate art-making tours and other arts-educational and study-abroad groups.

In addition to providing production space for groups and individuals, GOA offers its resident artists a wide array of concierge type services including arranging housing, tours, gallery connections, and access to essential art supplies and tools.

Tetouan, Morocco is the ideal art-making location. Tetouan is a jewel of a city, situated in the North of Morocco, on the North-Western tip of Africa. It is nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea in a beautiful valley where two mountain ranges meet. Many say that Tetouan is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. Its old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and culture. Tetouan also touts Morocco’s most prestigious National Institute of Fine Art and has art “in its blood” on a grassroots level in a way that is rarely seen in this part of the world since it has been the starting place for the majority of Morocco’s artists.

Please visit GOA´s website for complete details regarding an art residency with us.

We are currently taking applications for the following residency periods:

WINTER 2019 – January 14 – February 23, 2019 – 2-6 week resourced, self-directed residencies
SPRING 2019 – March 21 – April 17, 2019 – UPROOTED: Convergence 2019, 4 week all-inclusive themed group residency
SUMMER – June 17 – July 21, 2019 – 2-5 week, resourced, self-directed residencies
FALL – September 23 – October 27, 2019 – 2-5 week, resourced, self-directed residencies

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Subject to approval

Grants available

Artists are encouraged to apply for outside grants, and we are happy to supply estimated budgets etc. to aide in that process.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

Studio fees, travel, housing, supplies, food

Expectations of the artist
  • Other

Artists choice

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • We may be able to acquire other resources on request
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Moroccan Arabic
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Collaborative events

How to reach

By train

Travel into Tanger, and continue by Supratours bus (also operated by ONCF, the train company) to Tetouan. Details on train schedules at

By plane

We recommend flying into Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport. From there you can take a taxi to Tetouan (about 1 hour away). Alternatively, flying into Tetouan´s Sania Ramel Airport is possible though flights there are limited.

By car

Connect with Green Olive Arts for specific directions when arriving by car, as road names are not well marked.

Nearest airport

Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG), Tetouan "Sania Ramel Airport" (TTU)

Contact information

Green Olive Arts
18 Ave. Mohamed ben Abderrahman
93000 Tetouan

Phone: +212 539 701 529

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