Deadline: 20/09/2019

Residency in the Moroccan Sahara for inspiration, relaxation, reinvigoration.

The Sahara; a place to get re-inspired and reinvigorated.

Description of residency program
Cafe Tissardmine is a situated in a remote village in the Moroccan Sahara. We recognise the need for artists to recharge, share ideas, be inspired and to find a place to breathe. We run 4 month-long residencies per year for a maximum of six artists with this idea in mind. The residency is not project based or requiring specific engagement or outcome but it is a place to find peace and new ideas. Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply. As we are so remote we cannot offer internet access on a daily basis, but a trip into town is possible to catch up on emails.

A Residency at Cafe Tissardmine is also an opportunity to discover the richness of the Berber culture; their way of life, cooking and crafts.

Duration of residency
One month

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines welcome. Occasionally we invite artists from a specific discipline but in general we prefer to have a mix of disciplines.

You will need to bring everything you need to do your work with you. Shopping in our area is artist supplies, print cartridges, film or even much paper! There are better supplies in Marrakech and Fes...if you have special requirements and not sure where to get them, email me and we can advise! We do our best to assist you in realising your project. We have in the past made a pottery wheel, built a kiln and created art works with artisans in town. Everything is possible, nothing is certain

We have four adobe bedrooms around a central courtyard. All have en-suite bathrooms. There is a 5 room “camp”. Yes, the tents are made of traditional woven cloth but are solidly built and comfortable and all with en-suite bathrooms. The fee includes full board.

Studio/ workspace
We have one large studio (9m x 6m) with a small lounge attached. There are other spaces available for other work such as writing. Each adobe room also has a desk.

Fees and support
A month long residency costs 870 Euro. We are happy to provide a letter of support if you are applying for funding assistance. 

The fee includes all meals with water, your own room with linen, towels, shampoo and soap, shared use of studio, a sunset trip to the giant dune of Erg Chebbi (this may seem like a touristy thing to do but is essential to experience!) plus all the help and advice we can give you to make the most out of your time with us. Also included is a pickup and return Erfoud/Tissardmine on arrival and departure. Erfoud is the town you would catch the bus to from either Fes (overnight) or Marrakech (daytime) we are located about 30km from Erfoud. The transfers are included on the proviso that you arrive and leave on the dates advertised for the residency, otherwise there will be a charge of 350Dh for each transfer.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in advance of your stay.

Expectations towards the artist
It is your time, your project. You need to be self motivated and resourceful. We also encourage engagement with the village community, even if that just means having a cup of tea with them.

Application information
To apply send us your CV, short biography, examples of your work and most importantly a statement no longer than one A4 page about why you want to come to Cafe Tissardmine and what you hope to achieve from your time here.

Selection process
Selection by the director is primarily based not on your art but the reasons you wish to come here and your understanding of the place you are coming to. Priority is given to those artists who commit to the full month. We try to be prompt with replying – and sometimes more dialogue is required before we can accept your application. The process is personal, it takes time but we try to accept within the month

Residency in the Moroccan Sahara for inspiration, relaxation, reinvigoration.

Residency in the Moroccan Sahara for inspiration, relaxation, reinvigoration.


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