Joya: artist in residence / AiR apply


Joya: arte + ecología / AiR is an "off-grid" interdisciplinary residency rooted in the crossroads of art, ecology and sustainable living practice. It is located in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María - Los Vélez, in the north of the province of Almería, Andalucía. Joya: AiR offers abundant time and space for residents to make, think, explore and learn from their surroundings.

Joya: AiR supports a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, visual art, writing, music, dance, curatorial and film. Founded by Simon and Donna Beckmann in 2009, the Joya: arte + ecología / AiR programme is grounded in the foundation that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating the land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years. 

Since 2009, Joya: AiR has welcomed over 600 artists and creatives to realise their projects within one of the most unique and beautiful regions of the country. This is one of the sunniest regions of Europe receiving over 3000 hours of sunlight a year.

Residents have access to 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.

We happily cater for vegans, vegetarians and occasional carnivores (we have a reduced meat consumption with an emphasis on all our food being local)

We happily cater for vegans, vegetarians and occasional carnivores (we have a reduced meat consumption with an emphasis on all our food being local)

Accommodation is bright, warm and clean with wood heated radiant floors. More images…

Accommodation is bright, warm and clean with wood heated radiant floors. More images…

Selected artists are invited to contribute to the Joya: artists listing and are asked to contribute a small text outlining the nature of their practice whilst in residency. This will be posted to the Joya: website along with a link to the artists website. ( examples are to be found here)

Selected artists are requested to make a presentation of their work to other artists in residence during their period at Joya: AiR. This is not obligatory but it does contribute to the overall experience of all artists in residence.

Joya’s working languages are 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)

NOTE* the experience of previous resident artists strongly indicates that a two week residency is much more preferable and productive than one.


sunday the 17th of November 2019


6th january - 29th March 2020


The Joya: AiR residency has a subsidised fee of €325 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating 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), and there are extenuating circumstances, we retain their fee for the next opportunity they can be in residence, typically up to one year after their deposit was paid.

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.
please supply us with a brief biography outlining your education, exhibitions, publications etc. (200 words max.)
Mailing List
Agreement *


  1. Apply using the application field above.

  2. Please add to your address book to avoid notifications from going into your junk folder.

  3. After the deadline date has expired you will receive a notification as to the status of your application.

  4. If you have been accepted onto the residency programme you will receive a document detailing information you need to know regarding your residency.

  5. The next step is for the accepted applicant to confirm their place with the payment of a deposit…

  6. You will receive an invoice from director of Joya: AiR Simon Beckmann via PayPal (if you do not see the request for payment via PayPal please check your junk folder)

  7. Once payment has been received your place is confirmed. The final stage is to confirm exact dates in residence.

* 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.