Earlier this Summer I was thrilled to be selected artist for a residency at Joya: AIR which will begin this coming August. The two week residency which is aimed at visual Artists and Writers, is based in the remote desert and countryside of Almería province, Andalucía, Spain.

During my time at there, I’ll be working on current visual art and animation project with a focus on developing new work shaped and illuminated by the natural environment.

I’m looking forward to meeting all the team at Joya:AIR and of course the other resident artists in August, giving me a chance to engage and ultimately explore my own ideas with other creative minds; and doing so through a highly respected international residency, and in the stunning rural surroundings of Parque Natural Sierra María.

Joya: arte + ecología is ‘an arts led field research centre’. The research is manifested through an arts residency (Joya: AiR), through collaborations with artists on projects generated, through transdisciplinary programmes with ecologists and environmental activists. Joya: arte + ecología also curates international artists within Spain.

Cultural practice at Joya: Los Gázquez is inseparable from cultural activities expressed through land and land use on this working farm. Joya: and Los Gázquez are in a continuous state of development evolving sustainable ways to convert dry land to sustainable and productive land via research, inquiry and development.

Joya: arte + ecología is the embodiment of a truly contemporary arts organisation working independently to engage with contemporary thought in relation to climate change and sustainability via education, research and activism.

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