The Organisation Culture Vultures is an arts and cultural organisation coming from the soul of an ancient, market town, Sefrou, at the base of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Artist residencies are C.V.’s core activity that bridge valued guests and the community of Sefrou and Fez, connecting cultures and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue through the arts.
C.V, an artist-led initiative, was founded in 2009 and is run by British artist Jess Stephens and a dynamic local team of pro-active community members. The office ( a.k.a Hub) is nestled in an old ‘funduk’ (hotel) in the heart of Sefrou’s ancient medina, with a gallery space, artist residence, artisan quarter and local connections coming from the heart of the community.
Designed AiR Programs
Culture Vultures designs artist residency programs for creative people wishing artistic, personal and cultural growth, to build relations and to feed their arts practice simultaneously. Running for approximately one month these AiRs include academic presentations, orientation visits, studio critiques and artist gatherings to assist participating artists in connecting with the local community and immersing themselves in the surrounding landscape, both physically and culturally.
Independent Residencies Independent artists residencies in the Sefrou/Fez region (North Morocco) for individual artists can be arranged and facilitated by Culture Vultures. Arts practitioners whose projects or calendars do not accord with the organisation’s designed annual programme are invited to apply for individual, project-specific residencies. C.V. operates from a middle atlas market town of Sefrou, some 30 km from Fez. Request an application form and include logistics such as project necessities, accommodation requirements, and duration of preferred residency. Please note that the minimum residency period is 3 weeks and that a bespoke program is designed between the two parties. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Residence Abode Culture Vultures artist lodging is at Dar Attamani, a Berber Jewish house estimated to be some 400 years old. Located in the heart of the old medina it was once the house of a Rabbi. Four floors offer visiting artists several communal areas, 6 spacious bedrooms, basement working areas, a large working kitchen and a terrace with a 360 view looking our as far as the Middle Atlas Mountains. Together with the garden at the back of the house Dar Attamani compromises of various options of spaces for artists to work, contemplate or mingle. Iraqi glass, carved wooden features and patterned tiles give this house a distinct character and it is said to be one of the most charming houses remaining in Sefrou medina.
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