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open call for artists and researchers from Morocco and Spain

exchange and research residency program Matadero//QUEENS

next open call september 2018

How to talk about the unmentionable - artistic strategies for addressing gender issues

about the residency

We are looking for of two moroccan and two Spanish artists and/or researchers for the Matadero/QUEENS residency program.
This residency program between Matadero Madrid and Queens Collective Marrakech sets out to create new conditions, relationships and positions concerning creation and research into gender issues, from which to produce, both inside and outside the established artistic circuits.

One of the specific objectives of this call is to share reflections, perspectives and strategies for artistic creation on gender-based themes in two specific contexts: Morocco and Spain.

More specifically, this call poses artists a question: What strategies can the language of art offer to talk about the unmentionable side of gender issues?

The artists should have a good level of English and/or French.


Residency of spanish artists at Queens Collective, Marrakesh, Morocco from 19 March to 30 April 2018.

Residency of the moroccan artists at Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain from 21 May to 30 June 2018.


Selected applicants from Spain will experience a six-week residency at Queens Collective in Marrakech and a six weeks at the Residencies | Creative support centre in Madrid.

Selected applicants from Morocco will experience a six-week residency at the Residencies | Creative support centre in Madrid and will visit the artists from Spain during their residency in Marrakech.

The visiting artists will be hosted in the residency spaces. The local artists will receive support towards accommodation.

Queens Collective Marrakech Morocco


During the residency, there will be one or several public sessions for residents. These will take different forms, such as workshops, public presentations, community work, etc., as agreed by the resident and Queens Collective.  


Residents must abide by the host platform’s operating rules of the spaces. It is important to stress that residents will not have their own private rooms, in other words, this is shared accommodation.


The technical specifications of spaces and resources available at Queens Collective are:

The Queens Collective space is a typical family house in the Marrakech Medina, which is an ancient walled city, trade and social centre founded by the Almoravids in the 11th century.


It consists of a two-floor building with a kitchen, outdoor patio, terrace with a vegetable garden and several shared bedrooms. All the rooms in the house give onto the central courtyard where life takes place. The work and living spaces and according to the time of day social activities take place in this courtyard. All rooms including bathrooms are shared.


Basic lighting, sound speaker, a projector and Wi-Fi as well as basic work furniture is provided.The space is equipped with limited tools, staff, and technical resources. There is no guarantee that the specific technical needs of the project will be satisfied. In this case, residents will be responsible for covering these expenses with their production budget.

Matadero Madrid Spain

The two selected candidates, together with other residents from the El Ranchito edition, with guest artists Fannie Sosa and Niv Acosta, will take part in a public presentation of results, which will officially open on Friday, 29 June 2018.

The technical specifications of the spaces and resources available at Matadero Madrid are:

• Spaces available to residents range from a minimum of 60 m2 to a maximum of 120 m2 in an open diaphanous floor plan, which accommodates all the residents of the programme.
• Basic lighting, electricity and Wi-Fi needs, as well as minimal work furniture is provided.
• The space is equipped with limited tools, staff, and technical resources. There is no guarantee that the specific technical needs of the project will be satisfied. In this case, residents will be responsible for covering these expenses with their production budget.
• The space is laid out using a temporary architectural system that visually divides the space, while encouraging collaboration among residents.
• Once the space has been allocated, if it is unused for more than 10 days, any acquired rights to use it will be lost in the absence of extenuating circumstances (holidays, unavoidable professional commitments, illness, family commitments, etc.), provided this has been agreed to in advance by the team at Matadero Madrid.
• Spaces may be open to professional and public visitors, for open days or other types of public presentations or meetings organised by Matadero Madrid, with the agreement of the artists and according to the development of his/her project. During these visits, artists and cultural agents benefitting from the call must be available to explain their projects.
• Residents will also be given sufficient notice to modify their work schedules to make provision for activities taking place in adjacent spaces, whenever this will cause noise nuisance.
• Spaces receive a basic cleaning service that does not include specific or special services.

Artists must abide by the internal rules governing use of spaces at Matadero (open hours, security protocols, use of materials, cleaning, available facilities, etc.)

The division and final allocation of spaces will depend on the type of projects approved and their needs. As well as spaces allocated to individuals, there will also be shared work areas, storage areas, eat-in kitchen and common areas and meeting places.

During the residency, there will be one or several public sessions for residents with different formats, such as open studio, conference, workshop, etc., as agreed by the resident and Matadero Madrid.


who / the spaces

Matadero Madrid // Queens Collective exchange, as part of the “El Ranchito Residencies Programme by Matadero Madrid – AECID”.
The Queens Collective ( is an artist-run project space with a DIY spirit in the heart of Marrakechs Medina, in Morocco, which explores gender issues through a combination of art and life, transcending the discursive field as a strategy for resistance in a political, social and religious context where gender construction is closely tied to the ruling power. The occupants of this artistic space work with adults and children in its surrounding community, and have a philosophy of creative community life. Therefore, selected artists and researchers must have an open spirit, be extremely sensitive to specific contexts, have an interest in working with the local community and be willing to step out of their comfort zones through generous collective living exchanges.

Matadero Madrid Residencies | Creative support centre program accommodates an array of resident research groups, as well as other resident researchers and creators who reflect on questions like the radicalization of gender and sexuality; post-colonial studies; pleasure as a methodology of resistance and sexual and gender dissidence pedagogy.

Both spaces are running residencies during the entire year. Both spaces require sharing skills as other artists are working and living in the same spaces.
At Matadero Madrid Residencies | Creative support residents share a space with artists Fannie Sosa and Niv Acosta who will be engaged in a project called Siestas negras (provisional title), which will transform the El Ranchito space into a resting place from an afro-descendent, African, migrant and/or racialized perspective.
At the Queens Collective residents share the space with 10 other Queens members and partly with the MAM- Maroc Artist Meeting artists.

who can apply
All physical persons, researchers and artists of all disciplines and local agents with capacity to act are eligible to take part in the call, provided they live in Spain or Morocco.
For the purposes of this call, an artist or researcher is defined as a physical or legal person whose work is related to the creation, mediation or production of contemporary artistic discourses and/or contemporary works of art.
Those selected will live with other local and international artists in both Madrid and Marrakesh, and will therefore coexist in a climate of international creation where the languages of communication will be both Spanish and English.

how to apply

  • A motivation letter - max. 500 words

      What drives you to apply to this program?
      Do you have any experience in collective structures/collaborations with other artists and international artist programs?

  • Description of the project to be carried out at the residency minimum 500 words, maximum 1,000 words

  • Biography including age, nationality, languages and a profile picture maximum 500 words

  • Documentation of your work (online links and attached documentation/portfolio)

All this must be submitted in a single pdf file.

If your application is successful, you will sign a agreement/contract and be required to provide documents as a copy of your passport, travel insurance,…

Both residency spaces will issue an official invitation letter towards the visa application documents.
The successful candidates must obtain their own visas, travel documents, which may be necessary for the residency, and must pay the cost of these formalities.

Proposals must be sent in a single, digital .pdf document to the following email address:

the residency supports the applicants with

  • remuneration (1,300€ each) subject to the applicable taxes and deductions.

  • production budget (1000€ each) This will be managed by MADRID DESTINO and will be paid according to the usual payment methods.

  • Round-trip by plane

  • accommodation the visiting artist will be hosted in the residency space. The local artist will receive support towards accommodation.

  • working space

  • presentation space

  • communication around a final presentations

These amounts are subject to the applicable taxes and deductions. This budget will be managed by Madrid Destino and Queens Collective.

the application deadline is 10 december 2017
The answer will be announced by the 8th of January 2017

For any questions please contact us at

The exchange program is supported by:

Madrid City Council's Department of Culture and Sport, El Ranchito Residencies Programme by Matadero Madrid – AECID and Queens Collective

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