Culture Vultures

General information

Brief description of organisation

Culture Vultures ( C.V. ) is an artist’s lead organization, founded in Sefrou, Morocco in 2009. Alongside hosting artist residencies, C.V.’s portfolio also includes community art projects, cross cultural events and artisan collaborations, all with a social responsible components with art at its core.

This artist-run initiative comes from the heart of a small Market town in Northern Morocco. Sefrou was the chosen location for this venture for being close to modernity, steeped in a rich history and still very connected to traditional living. The small ancient medina hosts an array of artisans and a rich multicultural history.

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

This small organization and the residency platform has two functioning periods, programmed residencies or open residencies. The first provides a themed working program and the later is for self-governing projects.

Three individual artist lodgings are located around the old medina ( see http://culturevulturesfez.org/artists-lodgings/ ) Small simple studio spaces and an office are also places around the old city.

Sefrou and Fez are ideal locations for researchers and artists whose projects focus on Jewish heritage, traditional crafts, Islamic design or architecture or anthropology. Our residency also suits arts professionals who wish to spend focused time on a given project and those with a curiosity for the other cultures, cross cultural dialogue and a thirst for new discoveries.

Support as an arts practitioner or researcher in Sefrou, is provided through the sharing of contacts and experiences.

Community connections are often made remotely.
Independent and self-supporting artists are the ones who gain the most from this residency. The community of Sefrou is welcoming to resident artists and visitors.

The local language spoken in Sefrou’s community is Moroccan Arabic. Classical Arabic, French and Arabic dialects are comprehended and English is spoken within the organization. Moroccan Arabic classes can be arranged as can interpreters and facilitators for projects.

The remaining period of 2018 is a self-governing submissions.

Residency program since

2012

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

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

3

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

For an extensive listing of organisations that support arab world initiatives see https://nacmm.wordpress.com/funding/

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

insurance

Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning
  • Other

Cultural Sensitivity

Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

OtherMarket town, semi rural

Resources
  • Library
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Local and regional connections with community centers, cultural institutes, musicians, photographers and artisans. (Metal smiths, carpenters, wood workers, potters, plaster carvers, carpet knotters, weavers)
Number of studios

3

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

Accomodation
  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

By train

Tangier - Fez ( 5 hrs) or Marrakesh - Fez ( 8 hrs) or Rabat - Fez ( 3 hrs)

By plane

Ryanair / AirArabia / Vueling /Fez, Rabat. Marrakesh
Royal Air Maroc. Rabat. Casablanca.

By car

Tangier, Rabat, Fez autoroute. From there take the A road 25 km S.E to Sefrou.

Nearest airport

Fez Saiss. 20 km

Contact information

Culture Vultures
33 Kasbah
31000 Sefrou, Fez
Morocco

culture.vulture1@rocketmail.com
http://culturevulturesfez.org

Phone: 00212 6 45 22 32 03

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