AiR Artisan II

  • AiR Artisan March/April 2015. PAST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

    air artisan II posterArtists Call Out – Artists and designers are invited to apply for a five week artist residency working alongside a Fassi or Sefrouian artisan. Culture Vultures invites designers, visual artists, installation artists, writers, musicians, performers, researchers or conceptual artists to spend five weeks exploring the techniques,  materials and personalities of the traditional crafts masters of Fez. The definition of artist is broad.  C.V. has a preference for unexpected collaborations that combine sharing approaches and in-depth exchanges.

    Ayano Nishimura - Veil
    Ayano Nishimura – Veil

    AiR  Artisan – Spend 5 weeks residing in a house in the ancient city of Sefrou, a short distance from Fez, the Moroccan capital of crafts and world’s largest car-free urban metropolis. Recognised by UNESCO and many national and international development organisations, the crafts play a fundamental part in the cultural heritage of Fez. This North African area is rich in craftsmanship and the makers play an important role in the cast.  Artists will be housed together in the old medina of Sefrou, given workspaces where necessary and spend extensive periods alongside the artisans in their workshops.


    Sonia Hamza by Omar Chennafi
    Sonia Hamza by Omar Chennafi

    When – This residency will take place from 15th March – 19th April 2015

    Culture Vultures is an arts and cultural organisation based in and around Fez. Founded in 2009 by visual artist Jess Stephens, C.V. has a rich and active portfolio of activities that encourages cross-cultural encounters through an arts agenda. With Jess’ experience in facilitating artist residencies, projects and presentations in Morocco and good relations with a network of artisans based in the medina and beyond, this residency promises food for thought, material for creativity and insightful exchanges.


    Mohammed Benjabara by Sonia Hamza
    Mohammed Benjabara by Sonia Hamza


    Artisans portfolio  – Local artisans that are in Culture Vulture’s network and who welcome an artist into their working environment include traditional plaster carvers, potters, metal workers, weavers, mosaic ( zeliig) artists, carpet knitters, wood carvers, tailors , slipper makers,tanners and more.


    The program includes

    • Orientation in Sefrou. A tour with a guide and talk on the town’s  background.
    •  A half day tour of the in the old city of Fez with a historical guide.
    • Artists dinners. Informal dinners where visiting artists are introduced to the local arts community.
    • Weekly lectures, round tables and presentations.
    • Excursions out of Sefrou to get a fresh perspective of the surrounding area.


    Price   €1100 twin accommodation,   €1400 single accommodation (limited places)


    Comfortable accommodation in Sefrou medina.

    Extensive workshop time with the artisans and skills exchange.

    Professional facilitation between visiting artists and artisans.

    The rich program of activities mentioned above.

    Does not include

    Travel to / from Fez at either side of the residency.




    How to apply – Complete attached Application Form( application form AiR Artisanal ) and e-mail it to


    Application deadline extended to 15 January 2015.

    Note – Full residency places are limited. Places are secured after confirmation from the organisation and payment of a  deposit.


    To hear about the last AiR Artisan experience from the artists themselves, please click here

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