Deadline: 01/03/2018

Morocco Summer Art Residencies - Green Olive Arts in Tetouan

Let the beauty & complexity of Tetouan´s people, craftsmanship, culture & story drive your creation!

Description of residency program
Green Olive Arts is an international art studio and urban art residency in Tetouan, Morocco, specializing in connecting the creatives of the world with the culture, beauty and creatives of Morocco.

Our Art Residency program is for artists of all disciplines, and provides a space for artists to travel away from their normal settings to do research and produce new works in a context offering an abundance of fresh inspiration. GOA offers fully equipped production spaces, and opportunities for interaction and collaboration with other local and international artists. Both shared and private studio spaces are available. The large size of GOA’s facilities also allows them to accommodate art-making tours and other arts-educational and study-abroad groups.

In addition to providing production space for groups and individuals, GOA offers its resident artists a wide array of concierge type services including arranging housing, tours, gallery connections, and access to essential art supplies and tools.

Tetouan, Morocco is the ideal art-making location. Tetouan is a jewel of a city, situated in the North of Morocco, on the North-Western tip of Africa. It is nestled up against the Mediterranean Sea in a beautiful valley where two mountain ranges meet. Many say that Tetouan is one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. Its old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and culture. Tetouan also touts Morocco’s most prestigious National Institute of Fine Art and has art “in its blood” on a grassroots level in a way that is rarely seen in this part of the world since it has been the starting place for the majority of Morocco’s artists.

Duration of Residency

2 weeks - 2 months

Open, self-directed residencies are available throughout the year, with application deadlines typically 3-4 months before start dates. Residencies are awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis … so don’t wait until the deadline!

We are currently taking applications for the following residency periods:

  • SUMMER – May 21 – July 22, 2018 – 2-9 week resourced, self-directed residencies
  • AUTUMN – September 11 – November 4, 2018 – 2-8 week resourced, self-directed residencies
  • WINTER 2019 – January 7 – February 15, 2019 – 2-6 week resourced, self-directed residencies
  • SPRING – March 7 – April 4, 2019 – CONVERGENCE 2019, 4 week all-inclusive themed group residency
  • SUMMER 2019 – June 10 – July 20, 2019 – 2-7 week resourced, self-directed residencies

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Green Olive Arts, Tetouan, offers between 2 week and 2-month-long, self-directed, artist-funded residencies to emerging and established visual artists, writers, scholars and other global creatives seeking a season of focused research and production in the rich context of Moroccan culture.

We do not provide housing, however we are happy to help arrange your housing from among a wide range of locally partnering providers to suit your unique preferences and goals.

Studio/ workspace
Our spacious, sunny studios are within a two minute walk to Tetouan's ancient medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Artists enjoy access to secure WIFI internet, computer with printer/scanner, wood shop, a range of artist furniture, help in connecting with local craftsmen and materials suppliers, networking with local artists and gatekeepers, in-studio consulting and assistance with your creative process and production needs by one of our founding artists, culminating program exhibition space and promotion.

Fees and support
A furnished sunny studio space, shared with one other creative, starts at a base rate of 2500 MAD (Moroccan Dirhams) per week (approx. $250 USD/wk), and a private studio space at 3700 MAD per week for 1-2 weeks (approx. $370 USD/wk), with decreased rates for longer residency periods. View the application for more details.

The residency program provides a broad range of concierge services to assist our guests in research, production, translation and networking … all covered in the studio fees.

GOA does not provide housing, however we are happy to arrange your housing from among a wide range of options to suit your unique preferences and goals. See our housing options page. Almost all of the housing options are within a short walk of the studios in either the ‘new’ or old city. And all of them must pass our strict evaluation before being endorsed by us as a place for our guests to sleep.

We can also help arrange local and country-wide tours, trustworthy guides for plein air outings, translators, crating services, connection to galleries, local language learning, home stays and meals with local families, portable easels and pochade boxes for outings, and many more.

Visiting artists are responsible for all costs associated with their residency (travel, studio fees and housing/board). Artists are encouraged to apply for outside grants, and we are happy to supply estimated budgets etc. to aide in that process. We also help our approved applicants work out the best combination of studio, tour, and housing options to suit their art residency goals, comfort, and budget.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are encouraged, but not required, to engage the local community as part of their residency through workshops, mural projects, performances, readings, round tables, and other collaborations to bridge cultures and nurture creativity.

Application information
The application is available on our website... Apply

Deadline: March 1, 2018, for Autumn residency periods September 11 – November 4, 2018 – 2-8 weeks.

$20 application fee.  We will send you an invoice upon receiving your application.

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