Imágenes y Palabras / El Hacedor

General information

Brief description of organisation

Imágenes y Palabras (Images & Words) is an independent cultural association that organizes cultural and artistic activities throughout the province of Burgos since 2000.
The activities it has organized over the past 15 years, have varied greatly, but are always brought together in their invitation to ´create´, both in terms of ideas as well as in artworks. In this way, the activities have become a true stimulus for artists and a call for an active participation from the public. The activities range from contemporary art exhibitions, film viewings, workshops for children, scarecrowcompetitions, seminars, theatreplays, book readings – in other words, all that in one way or another relate to Culture and Society.
“El Hacedor” – the workshop and the gallery – opened its doors to the public in 2009 and ever since activities are more concentrated in the village itself. Recently, our lodgment, "El Descanso del Hacedor", has been converted in an oficial hostel, which allows Imágenes y Palabras to invite artists to come and work in "El Hacedor", which is and has always been one of the main objectives to construct the huge workshop at La Aldea del Portillo de Busto.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

“El Hacedor”, group workshop and cultural centre, based in the village of La Aldea del Portillo de Busto (Burgos, Spain), offers a creative space and a meeting place for artists from all over the world. “El Hacedor” is an extensive workshop for artistic production (150 m2, with an enormous amount of all type of tools and materials), an art gallery (150 m2), divided in 3 communicating spaces, an open air exhibition (3.000 m2), a small library and a hostel where members of Imágenes y Palabras, artists, students, volunteers and guests can stay (10 places). In the workshop, artists can produce their work and exchange ideas. Exhibition of created artworks in our gallery and/or in the scarecrowspark. We are also open to proposals for interventions in the environment.
Artists from all disciplines are invited. “El Hacedor” is especially suitable for groups. The residency is open between march and november, without limit of duration of stay. Contact us for more details.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Ideal for groups

Grants available

As an independent association, Imágenes y Palabras is not able to offer grants for resident artists at this moment. We can assist artists seeking grants in their country or institution, by providing an invitation letter, preparing a detailed budget or other documents needed.

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

Basic stay: 400 €/month · for specific arrangements and group-conditions: contact us.

Expectations of the artist
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork

in collaboration with Imágenes y Palabras, we can organize presentations, group exhibitions etc.

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralA very small almost abandoned village in the heart of natural park. Nearest town: 9 km.

  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Dutch
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • throughout the summer we organize different activities, related with art & culture

How to reach

By train

train to Burgos or to Briviesca (you might travel to Miranda de Ebro and from there get a connection to Briviesca).

Buses to Oña leave from Burgos and from Briviesca (Soto y Alonso company. Leaves at: 13 h. and 20 h. From Burgos; aprox. 30 minutes later from Briviesca)

Your destiny is OÑA (Burgos) – from there we will fetch you.

By plane

Bilbao, Valladolid, Madrid

- from Madrid: bus to Burgos (ALSA company). Then bus from Burgos to Oña (Soto y Alonso company. Leaves at: 13 h. and 20 h.)

- from Bilbao: bus directly to Oña (Alsa: monday to friday leaves at 18:30 h.; saturday at 8:30 h.; sunday 15 h.)
- from Valladolid: bus or train to Burgos

Your destiny is OÑA (Burgos) – from there we will fetch you.

By car

- From France/Basque Country (3 hours from French border): follow the N1, direction Burgos/Madrid until “Oña /Santander N232” (aprox. 20 km after Miranda de Ebro (Burgos). Continue N232 until “Frías/Quintana Martin Galíndez” (3rd junction) on your right hand. You now go up the mountain, cross El Portillo (1.000 m.) and after 2 km, on the first crossroads you meet, you have arrived at La Aldea del Portillo de Busto.

- From Madrid (4 hours): follow the N1 direction Burgos/Vitoria until “Calzada de Bureba, Busto de Bureba” (aprox. 15 km after Briviesca (Burgos). Follow “Busto de Bureba”. After you crossed the village, you meet the N232. Go straight ahead, up the mountain. Direction: “Frías/Quintana Martin Galíndez”. Cross El Portillo (1.000 m.) and after 2 km, on the first crossroads you meet, you have arrived at La Aldea del Portillo de Busto.

Nearest airport

Bilbao, Valladolid, Madrid

Contact information

Imágenes y Palabras / El Hacedor
Calle Medina, 2
09211 La Aldea del Portillo de Busto

Phone: 0034947301404

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