N.B. With the unprecedented impact and uncertainty of the coronavirus, we understand planning for travel may present difficulties.   As a response to the potential obstacles to traveling in 2021, and upon reflecting on ways in which we can continue to work together, Can Serrat and g_b, a writing residency based in Colombia, have collaborated and designed a remote online residency as an alternative to the on-site live/work model we have historically worked with.  We mention this here should you have doubts about submitting an application, to assure you that we are looking for ways we can get to know you and your work no matter what the future circumstances present us with.  We look forward to providing you with more information about this alternative should it seem necessary.


Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is an old classic Catalan farmhouse. In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and began renovations. Can Serrat is located in the beautiful surroundings of El Bruc, a small town that borders the mountain of Montserrat, and is only 45 kilometers from Barcelona. The house offers several spaces and workshops to work in an impressive natural environment. A pleasant walk takes you from the house to the foot of the mountain, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Montserrat’s Les Agülles, or “The Needles”.

Can Serrat works as a community where people from different cultures and fields interested in a variety of research topics can meet under the same roof. The house hosts several projects throughout the year in which everyone can participate during their stay. These include, among others, a residency program selecting contemporary art and writing projects, a non-profit association called Els Amics de Can Serrat that organizes activities in relation to the local context, and a consumer cooperative for local and ecological products called Roca Verde. Each month, the house welcomes and organizes different activities to activate the investigation of the projects in production: debates, readings, a dinner open to the local community, and project presentations, to name a few.

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

The residency program supports writers and artistic production, offering individual support and resources to each resident according to their needs. The call is open to all topics and mediums. Selected residents will have time and space to work on their own projects while residing in Can Serrat.

The juries have 3 main criteria for selecting projects:
– Relation and/or relevance of the work/proposed project with Can Serrat and its surrounding context.
– Singularity of the work and /or the proposed project.
– Relation of the work/proposed project to the notion of collective/collectivity/community.



The jury will select 16 writing proposals to be part of the residency for the winter-spring of 2022. The breakdown of scholarships and invitations will be as follows:


  • 1 full scholarship
  • 5 scholarships of 70%
  • 5 scholarships of 50%
  • 5 scholarships of 30%


Check the NEW conditions here.



Anyone from anywhere. It is not necessary to be a writer. It is not necessary to be under 35.  If you are under 18, you must provide a letter from a parent or legal guardian. Individuals, duos, or collectives encouraged to apply.



A PDF file called: “surname_canserrat-WR-WINTER-SPRING2022Call”

This file must contain:

  • Artist statement (Can Serrat expects the applicant to give the jury an understanding of their work process and information about their current field of research)
  • Relevant documentation (visual, sound, text, etc.)
  • Project Description (optional)
  • Link to website
  • CV / Biography



Catalan, Spanish, French, or English. Other languages will not be accepted.

The application must be submitted using the application form at the end of this page.



Application period: 1-30 of April 2021

Results announcement:  June 2021

Residency Period: February – June 2022



Sophie Blais_Director of Can Serrat

Sarah Goodchild Robb_Artistic coordination and Communication

Martha Luisa Hernández Cadenas __ Poet (Cuba), and past recipient of a full grant from Can Serrat (Narrativa Collectiva, January 2020)