Joya: AiR

General information

Brief description of organisation

Joya: AiR is a not for profit arts residency developed by artists for artists of every conceivable discipline.

Consider Joya: AiR not only a unique, stimulating and contemplative environment for international artists and writers, but as a meeting point for divergent and creative thinking. This is a multi-disciplinary residency, self determined, critical and profoundly engaging.

´I will leave Joya and return to my city with an awareness of how I live, what I really need both in the studio and otherwise, and with great insight as to what is most important’.

Heather Ramsdale. USA

Founded in 2010 Joya: AiR has hosted in excess of 500 artists in residence. Artists come to stretch the rigour of their inquiry, to make discoveries, to achieve clarity, to amplify their practice.

´Stuff happens here! You leave intellectually challenged/fulfilled and Joya: has gotten under your skin´.

Mike Staniford. Australia

The Joya: residency is based at Los Gázquez, five beautifully restored farm houses made into one off-grid sustainably minded destination within a place of outstanding natural beauty, the Parque Natural Sierra María - Los Vélez, Andalucía, Spain.

Joya: AiR is a cultural and sustainable destination in the heart of rural Spain. It facilitates an international network of artists and writers whilst simultaneously breathing life into an arid zone struggling against the combined forces of climate change, global markets and land degradation.

The Joya: AiR programme was founded by Simon and Donna Beckmann with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. They believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years.

Cortijada Los Gázquez is remote, being 15km from the nearest village, however as a creative hub there is always an inspirational environment of knowledgeable and informed thinking around all creative disciplines.

Organisation founded in

2009

Brief description of residency program

Joya: AiR is a not for profit arts residency developed by artists for artists of every conceivable discipline.

Consider Joya: AiR not only a unique, stimulating and contemplative environment for international artists and writers, but as a meeting point for divergent and creative thinking. This is a multi-disciplinary residency, self determined, critical and profoundly engaging.

Residency program since

2009

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Landscape studies, Geography, Ecology, Archaeology, Climatology
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Other

Partners are welcome but asked to pay a fee to cover food and accommodation.

Grants available

If a group or individual makes Joya: art + ecología a proposal for site specific work that we consider a valuable contribution to our work we will apply on that person(s) behalf for funding in order to realise the project.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Housing
  • Food

Accommodation, subject to the type of residency

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

Rural

Resources
  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
Number of studios

3

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

Accomodation
  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
Wheelchair

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

To Lorca

By plane

Alicante, Granada, Almería, Málaga

Nearest airport

Alicante, Almería, Murcia (no public transport from here), Granada, Málaga.

Link to Google Maps

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Contact information

Joya: AiR
Cortijada Los Gázquez, La Hoya de Carrascal
04830 Vélez Blanco
Spain

info@joya-air.org
http://www.joya-air.org

Phone: +44 20 7193 8760 Skype number

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