The Riu d’art residency aims to make subtle yet impactful artistic interventions in both public and private spaces within the rural village of Riba-roja d’Ebre resulting in an open air art gallery for residents and visitors to enjoy. Using contemporary art we hope to reanimate spaces and to create dialogue, improve self-esteem and support a shift towards sustainable tourism.
The project invites applications from local, national and international creative practitioners, with an emphasis on social and cultural integration, artistic collaboration and professional networking.
Ekaitz Sanchez, work in progress, 2018.
The Riba Rocks Association works in collaboration with the Ajuntament of Riba-roja d’Ebre to organise the Riu d’art residency each year. 2018 saw the third edition of the project with application process and judging panel selection culminating in a two week residency in the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre, Catalunya.
MaryAnn Loo, work in progress, 2018.
Artists are invited to make an application based on previous works, their ideas and inspiration taken from the social, cultural, political and/or natural environment of the area. Proposals are selected based on this connection as well as the intuitive use of materials.
Carys Wilson, work in progress, 2018.
Locations throughout the village are selected by the judging panel to accommodate each work of art. These have included large scale painted murals, multimedia installation, illustrations within the old part of the village, ceramic works, a large scale steel sculpture and performance art along the river.
Sarah Misselbrook, ‘Calvari’ 2016.
You can view our Resartis profile here. Previous editions of the Riu d’art residency have included artists from Cyprus, UK, Finland, Catalunya, Singapure, Austria and the US. For full biographical information on successful artists or to make an application for future editions, please visit the Riu d’art website.
Comments or questions are welcome.
FIL, work in progress, 2018.
You can view our Eco Valley based residency La Vall here, if you would prefer to stay on the farm immersed in nature.