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Open Call for artists 2019

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Open Call for artists 2019

Espronceda – Center for Art & Culture, founded in 2013 in Barcelona, is an innovative and contemporary art center, exhibition and workspace. It provides a platform and a multi-disciplinary environment for artists, curators and everybody else who believes in the importance of art, culture and education for a more creative and better world. Espronceda organizes: Artist in Residence Program, Curator in Residence Program, educational and cultural activities. It fosters established and aspiring international artists to develop their work and to spread their inspiration beyond our gallery. It transformed former industrial spaces into a state‐of‐the‐art melting pot for culture and art. Espronceda encourages the connection with the local community and the creation of a global network among artists, companies, cultural and art institutions for a social change through art. Espronceda stimulates a cultural and intellectual exchange between residents, local artists and students of Barcelona University. Residents can be invited to give lectures or presentations about their work at seminars and workshops for students.

Description of the residency program


Fellowships include full room and board of curators, plus the use of a common studio, 500€ to cover materials costs. Invitation design and print, social media and direct communication to promote the exhibition of the artist is covered by the center.

The apartments/studios (for two persons) are furnished and fully equipped for living and working, including air conditioning, washing machine and wi-fi. The rooms are simple but cosy. Kitchen and bathroom are shared spaces.

Studio/ workspace

A shared workspace is provided. Carpentry tools, as well as a broad table, easels and painting materials, are available. Other art materials can be financed according to the artist’s needs within a limited budget.

Expectations towards the artist
There are no paid staff or cleaners so the artist must take the responsibility for ensuring the house is kept clean and tidy after his own use, sharing common tasks with other residents (up to 3 at a time). The artist is responsible both for his/her living room as well as for the common areas (kitchen, dining room, toilet). Espronceda expects a reasonable donation of one artwork, produced during the residency. The artist and Espronceda will mutually agree on the choice of the artwork. It will be included in the Espronceda collection and given visibility on occasions after the residency.

Paid by the artist

The cost of transportation to and from the Espronceda, Center for Art & Culture is the responsibility of the artist. Any personal expenses incurred during the fellowship period, including medical expenses, are of responsibility of the artist. It is highly recommended to provide private health insurance prior to the artist’s arrival. Costs of living is not included.

Duration and Period of residency

The residency lasts up to 5 weeks max, including an open studio and a final exhibition at the end of the residency. Espronceda’s staff will organize the exhibition while supporting the artist requirements and vision.

The time slots available for the residency will be defined later, one in each semester of 2020, in accordance to our agenda and to the availability of the winner artists.

Disciplines supported and technical information
Artists from all the different disciplines (painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and multi-media, etc.) are welcome to apply for the program. The subject is free.

Selection process
The judging criteria will take into consideration the following aspects:

> Relevance of the proposed topic in regards to its contemporary artistic scenario

> Previous experience and artistic merit of the applicant,

> Applicability of the proposal to the physical space available (see photos of gallery and blueprint below)

The applications for residencies will be evaluated by the committee of experts. Its decision is final.

Winners announcement

Winners of the residency programme will be announced on July 15th 2019. Winners will be contacted by email and/or phone and an announcement will be made public on our website.


How to apply


Applications are done online only and must be sent before 17th of June 2019.

Applications can be made in Spanish or English.


  • Artist’s CV 
  • Project Description (800 words max).
    • The plan should answer the questions: what is the motivation behind the project? How will it be executed? How does it relate to the physical space of Espronceda and its mission?


  • Portfolio of previous works (PDF or JPGs, up to 10 images).
  • Visualisation of the project through up to 10 images and/or videos.
  • Please send a compressed .zip file (maximum of 50MB allowed) named Last Name_First Name_Espronceda-opencall2019 to the following e-mail: opencall2019@espronceda.net.


Each image file must be titled as: Last Name_First Name_file original name. Example: Smith_John_IMG8009.
Only accepted file type: JPG or PDF containing images
Maximum size per JPG: 1MB
Maximum size per PDF: 10MB

If video is part of the artist’s visual documentation, video submissions must be done providing a link from YouTube, Vimeo or alike within the Project Description. One video counts as one image, the duration does not matter.

C). PROOF OF PAYMENT: An administration fee of 15€ must accompany the application. This fee covers the processing of application forms, administration fees and is non-refundable should your application not be accepted. The fee should be transferred to the following account:

Triodos Bank NV S.E.

ES14 1491 0001 2721 4511 3722


The receipt should be included on the submission by email.


Espronceda blueprint:

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