PACA_Artist In Residence 2017. Spain

PACA_Artist In Residence 2017. Spain

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Apr. 01, 2017
Deadline Dec. 31, 2017
Activism, Conceptual, Curating, Drawing, Installation, Paint...
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PACA_Artist In Residence 2017. Spain

PACA_ Proyectos Artisticos Casa Antonino was established as an artist run space, managed by Virginia Lopez, in an old country farmhouse in the rural area of Gijón, Spain. Casa Antonino is the true heart of the project, which uses it to maintain a domestic and familial dimension. PACA_ is a project focussed on contemporary art, environmental practices and artistic education, with international artist residency programmes. The objectives of PACA_Proyectos Artisticos Casa Antonino are to promote environmental and ecological practices and sensibilities in contemporary art; to carry out activities related to training, profusion, distribution and education; to create collaborative networks between local bodies, national and international institutions, universities, cultural foundations and institutions through interdisciplinary projects; to enhance local cultural organisations, fostering a dialogue between artistic communities and other members of society.

The basis and common thread running through the diverse artist residencies organised at PACA is the activation of artistic experiences that promote relations with the local community, the region and its history. Site specific/site oriented interventions are planned for the various spaces of the farmhouse and its surroundings, so that the artistic practice, research and experimentation not only has a poetic and aesthetic value, but can also generate new ways of interpreting the territory with which it dialogues, through cultural, social and environmental values.

PACA is  based in a traditional farmhouse in the rural aerea of Gijón, in the north coast of Asturias (Spain).  A creative environment, dense, fragile and complex in which traditional agriculture, architecture and landscape survive together with new industrialized areas. It’s next to Gijón (just 15 minutes by car or by public urban bus).

The house has three bedrooms (one single and two double rooms), bathrooms, kitchen with firewood stove(kitchen), a living room, garden with water well and washing site. Residents can also use the common library of PACA and all the open space to work or produce site specific projects (1 Ha with orchard and vegetable garden and the panera: traditional building in Asturias used in the past for harvest).
PACA residency offers a workspace, housing, and include support, information and feedback from staff, other resident artists and PACA community: artists, curators, researchers. We always try to offer ideal conditions and artistic support for artist research. We take specially care about connections between artist and local cultural agents.


Residency conditions (fees): In this moment our AIR program it brings cost for the artist who enjoy the program. The 50% of the complete expenses, which are 750 € /per month. (short residency of 3 weeks: 500 €). Taxes not included (21%). This covers the cost of accommodation, pellets for heating, electricity, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Asturias airport in Aviles or rail/bus station in Gijón/Oviedo. There is no application fee for the art residency.

We offer grants on a case –by case basis. Some residence programs are funded. They are exchange with other residencies, art centers, art galleries or artists invited directly by PACA’s  art director, also thanks to grants form institutions.

If an artist makes a proposal for site specific work that we consider a valuable contribution to our work we will apply on that person behalf for funding in order to realize the project.

Duration of residencies: between 3 weeks and 3 months. (please contact to us in case your project needs other duration to see availability )

Number of artist resident at one time: 2

(Partners are welcome but asked to pay a small fee to cover food and accommodation).

Expenses paid by artist: travel, specific materials for his/her/their project.

Expectation of the artist: public presentation/or open studio session/ or workshop/ or exhibition-Depending on project. We allways favor site oriented projects: Interaction with local community and territory.  

Resources provided by PACA:

Working space

PACA Equipment/Resources: PACA Library, shared Studio (working space) of 80 mq with : Internet Connection, computer, Epson print and scanner, Tascam digital recorder and microphones (contact and hydro-microphones), painting and generic Tools , sink, work desk, video-projector, tripod, small dark room for analogical photography (photographic enlarger, no chemicals provided).

Housing in PACA (private room + shared spaces: garden –land (1Ha), kitchen-living room, studio-library) + heating, electricity, internet costs and Food (all meals will be prepared and decided by members of PACA, trying to include in the menu local products from PACA and surroundings, NO alcoholic drinks included)

support services for the development of artist project : logistics; curatorial and technical support -depending on project; dissemination of the project in PACA website and in pacabooks publications;  and organization of public presentations in collaboration with museums and institutions related with artist’s project).


Working languages: Spanish, Italian, English.

Disciplines and media: Visual Art, Sculpture, Performing Arts, Land Art, Textile Art, Educational Programmes and Relational Art,
Landscape studies (Geography, Ecology, Archaeology…), Curatorial… We consider all these disciplines closely linked  to each other and not mutually exclused.

(in case of Printmaking ask and contact to us to study possible collaborations with printmaking studios in the city).

Application: by Open Call and committee selection // also by  sending your project and portfolio in PDF (max. 3 Mb) by e-mail to:  during any period of the year.

contact for further information:

have a look to PACA artist in residency diary:


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