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Artista – Issue 36
Spring is the time to start new projects, be freshly inspired and awaken the creative juices as nature bursts into new life all around us. I’m delighted to say that I’ve discovered something else that seems to be springing up all over the place too – cultural centres! Places which aim to support and nurture the abundance of artists that Andalucia houses. May they blossom and make connections between artistic communities throughout the province!
‘aRThOUSe’ is a new centre in the buzzing town of Orgiva up in the beautiful Alpujarras. It’s a place where local artists can meet new talents from further afield and share their skills and knowledge. A place that offers interesting courses at affordable prices. A place that provides bi-lingual events and bridges the gap between the international and local community of painters, writers, performers, film-makers and anyone interested in the arts, whatever their age and where ever they are from! Theatre designer and photographer Jayne Morley, has manifested her long held vision and established ‘aRThOUSe’as a residential centre set in a grove of organic olives and almonds just outside of Orgiva. “aRThOUSe is a place for artists of all mediums to come, to collaborate, teach, perform and work together. To share! ” Jayne tells me about her creation. The first residential course on offer is a seven day film course with a film maker from Dartington Hall in England. It’s a bargain at 300€ which includes tasty food, residence and the course which will present a public viewing of the week’s work on the final day. Fuelled by her passion for photography, Jayne sees aRThOUSe as a way to empower artists, including herself, to be able to explore and live their art.
aRThOUSe is equipped with a studio darkroom and a stage and Jayne looks forward to inviting international artists to utilise this innovative project. The potential of aRThOUSe is limitless, and Jayne talks enthusiastically about her plans to run courses for disadvantaged children to help them learn something new in this peaceful and inspiring environment. The possibilities are endless and aRThOUSe is certainly a welcome addition to an area which strangely enough, is without any cultural centre or venue backed by the town hall.
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CASA DE LAS PALABRAS
On November 24th 2007 a great vision came into being in the coastal town of Nerja. Casa De Las Palabras is a collective of Spanish and International artists who have come together to support one another and share and teach their skills. The modest centre in the middle of the town is currently supporting the ideas of forty different artists including writers, painters, musicians, photographers and film makers. This collective is run by the association of members who pay 10€ or 5€ a month, depending on their status. Everyone takes responsibility for the running and organisation of the centre from cleaning to managing the office. The man behind the scenes is published writer Ricardo Sanz, who was born in Madrid but has lived in Nerja for the last 14 years. He speaks passionately and tenderly about the ideals of the centre which holds at its core the importance of creative exploration and process, rather than commercially viable products. As a writer, he is inspired by the ideas of the authoress Natalie Goldberg, “Writing Down The Bones,” who coined the term ‘free writing’. Natalie promotes a writing practice which is free flowing, uncritical and values the joy of writing as a passion and not just as a means to produce a best seller. Casa De Las Plabras has an open and inviting atmosphere with activities happening nearly every day of the week. It’s currently exhibiting the paintings and sculptures of a talented local artist Christina Rodel. The Casa is open to new members so if you are living anywhere near Nerja go and check it out, it has something for everyone and is a real grass roots artists’ collective.
The Rocket is ready for take off!
From the 16th-18th May, festivals lovers will be heading to a beautiful site near the hot springs of Alhama de Granada to bask in 3 days of music, theatre and a creative celebration of life!
Featuring the spanish bands Muchacito Bombo Infierno and Los Delinquentes with their distinct Flamenco fusion style, Coldcut from the UK, the Nextmen, Serge Santiago, Transformer, DJ Icicle, The Lux Collective and so much more, the weekend promises to be full of musical and theatrical treats. The festival’s director Marcus Clements says, “We have combined the best of British festivals with the Spanish fiesta spirit. I’ve been going to festivals for 15 years and this is the festival I have always dreamed of!” So pack your sun cream, bring lots of water and let the summer blast off in style!