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Brief description of organisation

AIR.CAT is a public-private Artist\'s Residency program located in the Roman-founded Mediterranean beach town of Tossa de Mar (Catalunya, Spain). The City Museum of Tossa de Mar has associated with resident artist mentors Dennis Hollingsworth and Gerard Smulevich to offer this 30-day nature-focused summer program that explores the Costa Brava littoral/coastline through active engagement (kayak, trekking and snorkling) and ends with a city-sponsored public symposium and exhibition of the resident artist\'s production.

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Brief description of residency program

Artist-in-Residency.Catalunya (AIR.CAT) is an artist-run contemporary visual art residency based in Tossa de Mar, a small town located just one and a half hours north of Barcelona at the base of the Costa Brava in the heart of Catalunya, Spain. This experience is structured within four weeks, fusing creative production with outdoor physical interaction with the natural environment (kayaking, trekking and snorkeling).

Artists’ studios and exhibition space are both located in Tossa´s Municipal Art Museum, situated within the historic walls of the 13th century Villa Vella, the medieval wall and towers that enclose the original village

The content of the AIR.CAT artist residency program is organized around the physical exploration of the Catalan littoral and the production of art in response to this coastal exploration..

Participating artists (a maximum of six residents will be accepted for Summer 2019) will produce art work reflecting their own interests and personal projects, to be presented in a public symposium and gallery exhibit at the Municipal Art Museum of Tossa on the last day of the program. The City of Tossa de Mar is a supporting partner of AIR.CAT through its Cultural Affairs Department and will host a symposium and sponsor the publication of a catalog of AIR.CAT’s residents´ creative production.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • photography, mixed/hybrid media
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

In association with the City Museum of Tossa de Mar, Spain.

Residency conditions

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

between 5 and 10

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

Work space/atelier and exhibition gallery supplied by the City Museum of Tossa de Mar.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Exhibition

The product of the 4-week residency will be presented in a public symposium and gallery exhibition at the City Museum of Tossa de Mar .

Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency


OtherCoastal/Natural landscape, medieval seaside town 1 hour north of Barcelona

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Guided field experiences Kayaking, Trekking, Snorkeling. Day-tour of Barcelona including exclusive private tour of the Sagrada Familia basilica.

How to reach

By train

From: Barcelona: Train to Blanes, then 40 min bus to Tossa de Mar.

By plane

Direct bus from BCN Airport to Tossa de Mar (1:45)

By car

Bus: from Barcelona Airport or Estacio Nord destination Tossa de Mar (stops in Lloret de Mar).

Nearest airport

Barcelona/ Girona

Contact information

Carrer San Telm 6
17320 Tossa de Mar

Phone: +1 3107401984

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