Deadline: 05/08/2019

CAN SERRAT Winter 2020 Open Call

Writer project residency.


Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is a classic old Catalan farmhouse.  In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and renovations began. The space operates as a center for artistic and writing production. Can Serrat is located in the beautiful environment of El Bruc, a small village that skirts the mountain of Montserrat, and is just forty-five kilometers from Barcelona.  The house provides various spaces and workshops for working in an awe-inspiring surrounding natural environment. A pleasant walk along paths and trails leads one from the house to the foot of the mountain, where one can enjoy a spectacular view of Les Agülles, or The Needles, of Montserrat.

Can Serrat functions as a community where people from different cultures, fields, and topics of research can meet under the same roof. The house organizes ongoing projects that everyone is welcome to participate in during their stay here.  These include, but are not limited to, a selected residency program for contemporary art and writing projects, a local nonprofit organization called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities within the local context, and a co-op for local and ecological products. Every month the house welcomes and organizes different activities in order to activate the research of the projects in production: sound recorded debates proposed by residents themselves, a monthly open mic, a dinner in which we invite local citizens of the village to have a cultural exchange with the household, project presentations, a book club in which we share resources by reading excerpts and texts in various languages, ping pong, and visits to relevant cultural project spaces and other residencies.

Can Serrat is a space of creation, community, and process.  As such, the activities we organize are oriented around this idea and reflect an interest in being present to that process, research, question, doubt, understanding, curiosity, and debate.

Within the residency program Can Serrat offers individual support and resources to each resident as need be. The call is open to all themes and writing genres. Selected residents will have the time and space to work on their own writing projects while in residence at Can Serrat. 

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance:
writing projects, all themes, all writing format.

private and shared room option. Shard bathroom and kitchen. Food half-board. 

Fees and support: 
The jury will select 14 proposals to be a part of the winter writing residency.  

The breakdown will be the following:
– 1 fully funded grant (covered by Can Serrat in a private room)
– 1 grant at 70% cost (570 € / 1 month)
– 1 grant at 50% cost (930 € / 1 month)
– 1 grant at 30% cost (1,290 € / 1 month)
– 10 self-funded invitation. (1647 €/ 1 month)

Consult detail conditions here.

FYI Can Serrat does not cover travel and all residents have to come with their own health insurance.

Expectations towards the selected writers:  
It is expected from all residents to participate in the community content, be curious about each others research. Can Serrat expects all resident to participate in the activities organized , such as the project presentations, the book club, the open dinner, possibility to organize a recorded debate, etc. All residents are also invited to propose and organize their own activities while in residency.

Required documents:
 One PDF file entitled “Last Name_canserrat_WINTERcall”

This document needs to include:

  1. A writer’s statement (A brief summary of your work, themes, reference and/or process within a contemporary context and some information about your current field of investigation)
  2. Recent samples of your work (past 5 years, 3 pages maximum)
  3. A voice recording of your written samples (made with a cell is sufficient.  We are more interested in hearing you read than the quality of the sound).  Please include a link embedded in the .pdf so we can access the reading.
  4. CV and brief biography.
  5. The application can be in Catalan, Spanish, French, English or Italian.  We cannot accept other languages at this time.
  6. The application must be sent using the online form at the end of this page.

Dates of the residency will be:
- Full grant: February 2020
- Partial grants and self-funded invitation: Between January to March 2020

Deadline to apply: August 5th, 2019

Results will be announced in September 2019

The jury will be composed of:
Sophie Blais (Director) and Sarah Goodchild Robb (Artist coordination and administration)

+ Matteo Ciambella, italian poet & translator ___ (The Void Magazine, Centre for Expanded Poetic)


CAN SERRAT Winter 2020 Open Call

CAN SERRAT Winter 2020 Open Call


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