Deep in the Spanish inland, on a wooded estate of 25 hectares, lies the ecologic artist’s residency arteventura. A distinct philosophy of autonomy and back to basics form the foundation of the residency. Not only, does the finca – Spanish for “rural estate” – offer its literal spaces, but the interaction with nature and the desire for autonomy of the estate is also meant to be inspiring for all residents. The finca covers an area of 25 ha of century old oaks which our visiting artists can fully enjoy at any time. We converted an old ruin into a 250m2 communal studio with an inside and outdoor workspace. Next to the studio is a 2 bedroom apartment. Dispersed along the finca are 2 apartments of 40 m2, set up as a flexible working area and it only takes a short hike to get to the atelier. We aim at a maximum of 3 artists (exceptional 4, duo working on a joined project) in residence at the same time.
arteventura is located in the far northwest of Andalusia, at about one hundred km of Seville, in the heart of the nature reserve “Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche”. The wooded landscape with its sloping green hills consists mostly of chestnut trees, evergreen cork– and holm oaks. The region is known for its cork production, and above all for its world famous pata negra ham from the Iberian pig with black legs of the same name. When you think of the Spanish inland, you immediately think of scorching heat and desertified regions. This is not the case in the hilly heart of this Natural Park which harbors around 273 springs and because of this, many villages and fertile lands. Prominent Carthaginians, Romans, Celts, Arabs and Portuguese have already been drawn to this region because of its mild microclimate. The summers remain pleasant, the winters mild, and there are rarely sunless days. Could you wish for something more heavenly?
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