Help in a beautiful 'off-grid' arts-led field research centre



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    We are a not for profit arts organisation / residency called: arte + ecología based ‘off-grid’ in a sustainable destination in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez in the north of the Provincia de Almería, Andalucía.

    It was founded in 2009 by us, Simon and Donna Beckmann, with the intention of making a strong cultural destination within a Spanish rural context. We believe that dynamic and sustainable creative activity is the backbone to regenerating land that has been slowly abandoned over the last fifty years.

    Arid zones such as southern Spain have anthropogenically become increasingly vulnerable as a consequence of climate change and land usage. arte + ecología, as an arts led field research centre, aims to be an exemplar to sustainable land use, creativity and invention.

    We use the power from the sun and wind, cooking and heating with wood and recycling everything. As an arts residency we ask for help with resident artists, guests and working on the land.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Help


    NOTE: as winter approaches we are looking for strong folk who can cut and chop wood for the house. People who are physical and able to move rocks, dig holes, build roads, clear overgrown areas of land and dig soil. If that's you (genuinely) then you will have a good time in the fresh air in the mountains.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    At our place, please ask

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hrs 5 days a week or 6 hrs 4 days a week

Our solar system
Installation by NYC artist Melissa
The studio which hosts artists residencies
The view of the Cortijada

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