Green Olive Arts
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 have spent several 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 http://greenolivearts.com/art-residency/ for complete details regarding an art residency with us.
Residency program since
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- Educational Programmes
- New Media
- Film Making
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
Type of organisation
Duration of residencies
- 2 weeks
- 3 weeks
- 1 month
- between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time
Subject to approval
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
Studio fees, travel, housing, supplies, food
Expectations of the artist
Presentation of artists' work
Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Description of residency
- Internet Connection
- Dance / Performance Practice Space
- We may be able to acquire other resources on request
- Printmaking Facilities
- Woodworking Tools
Number of studios
Type and size of studios
- Private Room
- Private Apartment
- Shared Room
- Shared Apartment
- Moroccan Arabic
Other activities happening at the space
- Collaborative events
How to reach
Travel into Tanger, and continue by Supratours bus (also operated by ONCF, the train company) to Tetouan. Details on train schedules at ONCF.ma
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.
Connect with Green Olive Arts for specific directions when arriving by car, as road names are not well marked.
Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG), Tetouan "Sania Ramel Airport" (TTU)