Can Serrat, approximately 1187 square meters, is an old classic Catalan farmhouse in El Bruc, a small town about forty-five kilometers outside of Barcelona. In 1989, eleven Norwegian artists bought the house and opened a residency. Can Serrat has several open/communal spaces and workshops to work in, and is located in beautiful and natural surroundings bordering the mountain of Montserrat. A pleasant walk takes you from the house to the foot of the mountain, where you can enjoy a view of Montserrat’s 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 that selects 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 Verda. Each month, the house welcomes and organizes different programming to activate the investigation of the projects in production: conversations, 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 writing and artistic production in process, offering time, space and individual support as needed. 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 21 contemporary art proposals to be part of the residency for the summer – fall of 2023. The breakdown of scholarships and invitations will be as follows:
- 1 four months full invitation (Includes accommodation, food box, shared studio, human resources, programming, and communication on social media)
- 10 partial invitations#1 (cost of 595€/month. Includes accommodation, food box, shared studio, human resources, programming, and communication on social media)
- 10 partial invitations#2 (cost of 955€/month. Includes accommodation, food box, shared studio, human resources, programming, and communication on social media)
- Four months full invitation
- You are welcome to stay for the full duration, although we understand if you have to come and go throughout the period of time for work, research, etc. The total minimum accumulated residency time must be three months (i.e. you can be away for a total time of one month). If it is not possible for you to spend a total amount of three months within a four-month period, the scholarship will be awarded to another person. We recommend applying for partial invitations if you do not have this availability.
- Accommodation in a private room
- Partial invitations
- Minimum residence time 1 month
- Price for shared bedroom (maximum 3 persons). To get access to a private bedroom, contact the staff to know the conditions.
- Food box
- A list of dry ingredients is provided once a month, fruit and vegetables once a week, and a community dinner is prepared every Friday.
- The residents of the program and the projects they have carried out at Can Serrat are included in the annual catalog of projects in residence, and there is the possibility of participating in the annual event Parasitio and its accompanying publication.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Individuals, duos, or collectives with a contemporary art practice (visual arts, printmaking, research-based, interdisciplinary, performing arts, etc) are encouraged to apply.
A PDF file called: “surname_first name_CAsummer-fall2023call”
This file must contain:
- General statement–A paragraph that provides the general context for your current work process, research, interests, methodologies, and references.
- Relevant documentation–please provide up to 5 documented samples such as photographs, sound recordings, video, etc with a 3-5 sentence description.
- Project Description–Provide a short description (no more than one page) describing the work you plan to do while in residency. Please include here why you wish to carry out this project in Can Serrat specifically.
- Link to website
- CV / Biography
- Short 3-5 min audio or video presentation of you speaking about you and your work – optional –
The application must be submitted using the application form at the end of this page.
LANGUAGE OF APPLICATION
Catalan, Spanish, French, or English. Other languages will not be accepted.
Application period: September 1rst – October 2nd, 2022
Results announcement: the beginning of November 2022
Residency Period: from 1-2 months between the 18th of July to the 8th of December 2023 (extendable)
THE JURY WILL CONSIST OF:
Duncan Gibbs_Contemporany artist and full gran at Can Serrat in 2019
Sophie Blais_Directora de Can Serrat (voice with out vote)
Sarah Goodchild Robb_Coordinació artística y Comunicación (voice with out vote)
HOW TO APPLY?
FILL IN THE FOLLOWING FORM