This call out is led by Marie Gerard and Carlos Sebastia, MFA Fine Art students at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Imagineria is an annually organized photography festival taking place in Castellon (Spain). For their 15th edition, they are inaugurating a residency program in partnership with University of Arts of London, supported by the UAL Postgraduate Community.

The residency will take place for one week in April 2018 (from 14th until 22nd). The residency revolves around the photographic medium but can be widely interpreted to create multi-media projects. We are asking participants to look at how the identity of the sea-side town has been influenced by environmental changes.

Oropesa del Mar used to be an historical strategic location and therefore offers Paleolitich and Iberian vestiges. The town’s economy revolves around the trade of oranges, almonds, olives and grapes (used to make muscatel) but since the middle of the 20th century the seafront has been transformed into a touristic complex and gets its main economy boom from leisure activities. The theme of environmental change in Oropesa del Mar can be broadly interpreted whether artists decide to look at human impacts or natural effects over the environment.

Artists will be required to give a presentation about the residency and the work developed whilst being at Oropesa del Mar at the festival and a talk and small workshop post-residency at UAL (location to be discussed). Upon agreement with Imagineria, it may be possible to present finished work at the festival in the following year.

Facilities
Imagineria Residency will provide accommodation and breakfast at Oropesa del Mar (located 20 minutes away from Castellon). Participants will be sharing their accommodation with 4 other artists. Please be aware that you may have to share your room with another residency partaker.

Artists will have the possibility to work and develop their projects in the residency at Oropesa del Mar. Note that print shops and other specialist shops can be found around Castellon and Valencia. Bicycles can be rented to cycle around town.

Finances:

If selected, artists are required to buy their own flight tickets to Valencia Airport. We are in the process of applying for extra funds for additional expenses in Oropesa del Mar, so the cost of food other than breakfast, car hire, materials etc might be covered. If we do not secure these extra funds, artists will be expected to pay for their own expenses.

Eligibility:

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Artists must be undertaking a postgraduate degree at UAL. Note that we will select 3 artists from different colleges across UAL. Artists must send us the following documents to marie-lorraine.gerard@hotmail.com :

– Artists Statement (max. 200 words)

– Project description (max. 200 words)

– Online Portfolio or website

– A short description of how this residency will be beneficial for you (max. 200 words)

– Details of studentship – What course and UAL college are you attached to, and if you are a PhD student what is your research title?

Background info and useful links:

The nearest airport to Oropesa del Mar is Valencia Airport. Direct shuttles from the airport to Oropesa del Mar town centre run throughout the day.

Festival Website: http://www.imaginaria.uji.es/

Oropesa del Mar: http://www.oropesadelmarturismo.com/

Castellon: https://www.castellonturismo.com/

For any enquiry and further questions about the festival please contact cslondon@gmail.com.