The artistic residency program at Collegium emerges as a result of a commitment to a triple institutional pillar, where exhibition, research, and production are carefully balanced. It aims to contribute responsibly to the environment while creating a conducive environment for experimentation. In this setting, culture, knowledge and production are intrinsically intertwined with the development of artistic processes and the materialities capable of connecting with local traditions and endangered knowledge, as well as the urgencies of our present.

Located in Arévalo, a municipality in Castilla y León, Spain, founded between 1085 and 1090 during the Christian reconquest and situated between the Adaja and Areva-lillo rivers, the region shows archaeological evidence of human presence dating back to 2500–2000 BC. The city has a rich history of coexistence among Jews, Moors, and Christians, which influenced its economic and political importance during the Middle Ages. The historical center, characterized by examples of Mudejar architecture, has been designated as a cultural heritage site.

Arévalo is also notable for its connection to prominent historical figures. After the death of Juan II, Isabel of Portugal lived in Arévalo with her daughter, Isabel I, who played a crucial role in the history of Spain and the world, contributing to the processes that resulted in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age, largely driven by the exploration of the Americas after 1492. The city was the place where the Treaty of Tordesillas was ratified in 1494, dividing the right to explore colonized territories between Spain and Portugal. Additionally, the city played a role in the history of the Society of Jesus, founded by friar Ignatius of Loyola, which significantly influenced the development of educational strategies centered on cognitive domination.

Considering that the “Abierto por Obras” program, which encompasses exhibition projects held in the San Martín church, will soon enter its second year of activities. In this context, we will continue with the residencies program, which aims to bring artists to the city of Arévalo, with an immersion in the local context, typically lasting two months, resulting in the development of new works and a documentary about the process.

The program seeks to bring artists, allowing them to immerse themselves in the local context and develop new works. By working in institutional collaborations, the program aims to turn the residency into a living laboratory, exploring the relationship between artists and the rural environment.

Currently, we operate through institutional collaborations, where we aim to worktogether with other teams in the realization and learning related to this program.Turning the residency program into a living laboratory, in resonance with the histor-ical and natural heritage of Arévalo. Exploring the potential of encounters generatedbetween different generations and backgrounds, and learning about the communityrelationship between contemporary production and traditional knowledge.

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