In 2007 visual artist Iris Tonies and writer/entrepreneur Arnout Krediet sailed their live-a-board ship around Europe to dock in Barcelona. They immediately started an artistic co-working and exhibition space for international artists downtown that evolved to be an international art academy with an adjacent exhibition space downtown Barcelona.
In 2014 Iris and Arnout added a new project to the nomadic family for professional artists in their community. They restored a gigantic (1000 m2) wine farm situated in the paradisaical Cava area Penedes into an artists residency. Since 2015 a maximum of 10 artists are welcome to stay on the former wine estate to work on their artistic endeavors. The estate is also used as a refuge for workshops for students attending the academy and artists in the residency visit the academy to teach, collaborate and share ideas with the students.
The mansion is a strong art community building refuge where artists seek to produce work in full focus and enjoy the company of other artists from all over the world.
The residency is a place where you can fully focus on producing art amongst other artists. It is possible to be guided by owners Arnout or Iris at an extra cost (€150/month). You mainly work self-directed and in and around the estate. In the residency we commonly house professional artists seeking:
Mas els Igols is situated in the Penedes, famous for producing the Spanish bubbling wine Cava. The estate was formerly used as a winery and is surrounded by vineyards that are now taken care of by Pere Rafecas Jr. and Sr..
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