Joya: artist in residence / AiR apply


Since 2009 Joya: AiR has invited and hosted in excess of 500 artists providing them with a creative environment free from distraction in one of Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions.

Joya: AiR is an interdisciplinary residency based at Cortijada Los Gázquez, an ‘off-grid’ eco-destination, in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez, in the north of the province of Almería, Andalucía.

The Joya: AiR programme was founded by Simon and Donna Beckmann with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. They believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years. (read more)

This is one of the sunniest regions of Europe receiving over 3000 hours of sunlight a year. Daytime summer temperatures are warm/hot, outside nightly temperatures are warm, making this a dramatic environment.

Cortijada Los Gázquez is a creative hub where there is always an inspirational environment of knowledgeable and informed thinking around all creative disciplines. Artists will have use of a studio space and 20 hectares of land. Accommodation (private room with attached bathroom) and meals are included as is collection and return to the nearest public transport system. Working languages: English and Spanish



Interdisciplinary: Visual Art / Sculpture / Ceramics (enquire before applying) / Dance / Theatre / Performing Arts / Music / Writing / Educational Programmes / New Media / Curatorial / Film Making /


Independent not for profit association/foundation


Joya: AiR is currently accepting applications in Spanish and English only.


The length of the residency would be 1 to 2 weeks (longer periods are available)


Saturday the 29th of September 2018


1st November 2018 - 31st January 2019 (closed 22nd December - 5th January)


The Joya: AiR residency has a subsidised fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio.

Note* in the event of an artist not being able to take up a residency opportunity they have accepted (and paid their deposit) we retain their fee for the next opportunity they can be in residence.

Accompanying friends and family:

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject  to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).



Name *
If you do not have a website, please email five images of recent work for visual artists or three writing samples for writers along with your application to We do not accept Facebook profiles in place of an artist website. We will consider an Instagram feed if accompanied by a c.v. Images should be no more than 500 pixels. Writing samples should be in PDF format.
Agreement *
By sending this application I accept the conditions of the residency and I confirm that I am aware that there is a subsidised fee.


  1. Apply using the application field above.
  2. After the deadline date has expired you will receive a notification as to the status of your application. 
  3. If you have been accepted onto the residency programme you will receive an information document and a declaration which you must read, complete and return at the first opportunity.
  4. Once the declaration has been received Joya: AiR will communicate with you to determine your residency dates and duration*.
  5. With receipt of your declaration, dates and duration we ask for a non returnable** deposit to confirm your place.

* As soon as you are accepted onto the programme it is important that you complete the application process as soon as possible in order to guarantee your place and dates and avoid disappointment.

** Joya: AiR makes strenuous efforts to keep fees for residencies to a minimum. Once a 'call out' deadline has expired there is no possibility to replace a residency opportunity a prospective artist or writer may have cancelled. This is why we do not return the deposit. However if prospective residents do need to change their dates we maintain their opportunity offer for up to one year from receipt of their deposit.