Joya: AiR / Liadain Evans / UK
"I came to Joya for the chance to film out in the rural landscape, something I don’t have easy access to at home. I got what I came for, as well as so much more. To be able to take one step out the front door and be in the midst of breathtaking mountains valleys and skies is a wonderful feeling. Time at Joya feels very different, it completely slowed down for me, meaning I could feel like I had had a productive day in terms of making work, while also spending hours and hours walking in the mountains, reading, spending time with the other residents, and lapping up delicious food (and wine!).
While at Joya I was able to spend so much time alone which was one of the major positives for me, however the time spent with the other artists, volunteers, interns and especially Simon and Donna was a warm and unexpected experience. Everyone was lovely, encouraging and supportive. I really enjoyed the artist talks in the evening, it was very interesting to hear about everyone’s practice, and there was such a wide range.
Donna and Simon are incredibly warm and welcoming. Their kindness and charm make you feel right at home. The house itself is beautiful, and it is incredible to see the day to day activities of an off-grid environmentally sustainable home".