Making Art

AIR.CAT 2019 resident Avital Yomdin working on her installation at the program’s Espai Colomer studio.

AIR.CAT 2019 resident Avital Yomdin working on her installation at the program’s Espai Colomer studio.

AIR.CAT is a thoughtful and creative environment organized around an understanding of a specific physical and cultural territory. The apex of this experience is the activity of making art and presenting one’s work to the community in a final symposium/exhibition and its publication.

This Artists in residency program has the following goals set-forward for its participants:

  1. Receive, absorb, interpret, conceptualize and express feelings, imagination and intellection concerning the sequence of presentations about the experience and culture centered in Tossa de Mar.

  2. Keep a personal record of the experience, perhaps by sketchbook but especially photographic archives of art work created.

  3. Choose and negotiate one or more artistic media such as painting, film and photography, sculpture, collage, architecture, performance, installation, site-specific interventions.

  4. Discuss / identify the ideas, concepts and processes that are operative in their art work, drawing correlations between their work in relation to or in conflict with art history, establishing a link or disruptions between different artistic media within particular and multiple eras or movements.

  5. Participants are encouraged to cultivate teamwork, community, openness to culture and experience... while simultaneously demonstrating independence, initiative, resourcefulness, and inventiveness.

  6. Finally, participants should be inclined to produce compelling visual art for the culminating presentation at the end of the program through a Public Symposium to be held at the City Museum of Art of Tossa de Mar. Please See Calendar


The return of art work presents a special challenge in this residency. Resident Artists will be creating art that will be exhibited for the duration of the summer season. Return of art work remains outside of the scope of the institution, and so each resident artist must address strategies and make arrangements to solve this challenge. Possible solutions include:

  • providing pre-paid shipping via the Spanish Postal System (a post office is located nearby the studio), such that the art work can easily be packed and returned via the local system.

  • Make work that survives virtually via digital archives and can easily be expressed in reproducible print technology.

  • The museum and city can store the art briefly and the artist can retrieve it at a later date in a subsequent visit.


Pan Genres Welcome

AIR.CAT is open to all media in the visual arts either singly or in tandem: architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, performance, installation, photography, digital, conceptual and site specific interventions. While AIR.CAT is a studio based experience, the vectors of the art work produced there must be directed toward Tossa and Catalunya and Spain in general.

Over the four weeks of the program participants will be encouraged to orient their imaginations and initiate their work with alacrity. Thoughts, impressions and feelings can find a physical expression as soon as they manifest, even and especially as they initially exist as mere inklings. The Program mentors have years of experience stewarding young artists through programs like this. Our combined professional history is extensive in the visual arts and we are at your service to help solve any related problems that may come your way.

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