Autumn AiR, 2017
Description of residency program
Autumn AiR, 17 – From 23rd October to the 18th November 2017, this artist residency offers up to 6 arts practitioners the chance to live and work in the heart of the old medina of Sefrou, in Northern Morocco. Spend just under 4 weeks exploring and working in a culture steeped in a rich history, surrounded by ancient living and yet a hairsbreadth away from modernity.
The Supporting Organization
Culture Vultures is an artist-led arts and culture organization set up some 8 years ago by British visual artist Jess Stephens and co-run by local, pro-active staff. With a wide-ranging portfolio of arts projects and a broad range of solid, local connections, the organization competently supports and assists artists and their projects to engage with the community and partake in cross-cultural dialogue to feed their practice.
Duration of residency – 27 Days
Disciplines – All disciplines are encouraged to apply. The definition of artist is broad.
Work equipment and assistance
Working spaces at Dar Attamani, the residence, are available for artist working in ‘dry’ mediums. The house has many areas for contemplation and creation, including a roof terrace, a cool garden, salon areas and working tables.
Temporary individual studios spaces are rented in the old city for artists upon request. They are simple, light and in the heart of the medina. These come as a marginal extra cost of 100 euros for the month. Equipment is limited and studios are basic. Resources, local connections and cultural immersion are strengths intangible of this residency.
Assistants / facilitators can be arranged with prior appointments to assist artist in community engagement or execution of their projects. Cultural facilitation, language and local knowledge are their asset
Culture Vultures artist lodgings, Dar Attamani, is a Jewish house estimated to be some 400 years old. Located in the heart of the old medina it was once the house of a Rabbi. Four floors offer visiting artists several communal areas, 5 spacious bedrooms, basement working areas, a large working kitchen and a terrace with a 360 view looking our as far as the Middle Atlas Mountains. Together with the garden at the back of the house Dar Attamani compromises of various options of spaces for artists to work, contemplate or mingle.
Cost – 600 euros. Includes accommodation, project support, orientation, local knowledge and specified meals.
Does not include travel, insurance, daily meals, facilitation periods, studio or cost of execution of work. A non-refundable deposit confirms a place. Full payment should be paid one month before the residency.
Expectations towards the artist
Community engagement as a benefit of all involved. Cultural sensitivity. Presentation, open studios or exhibition of work requested by the artist.
Submit 6 – 8 examples of work with the application form.
Deadline – Open
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