Word Up

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 Word Up

5th  January  – 11th February 2017


Culture Vultures, ( C.V. ) an arts organisation coming out of Northern Morocco, launches  Word-Up, a 5-week artist’s residency program for writers and artists whose work  includes lyrics, stories, scripts, words or prose in their practice.

Image by Said Rais

Image by Said Rais

The residency

Word-Up aims at bringing together writers and artists from a broad range of disciplines and cultures to reside in Sefrou, a market town in the Fez region of Morocco.  It involves an intercultural and immersive program of orientation visits, academic presentations, cultural insights and local connections, to arouse an arts practice.  See example program from  AiR Textile ’16.

The organisation

Culture Vultures is an artist-led initiative founded in 2009 by visual artist Jess Stephen  fired and supported by a small team of pro-active locals. C.V. designs and hosts artist residency projects as well as the inter-culture and arts activities.  The organisation’s nexus is in an old hotel complex in the centre of an ancient Moroccan medina, with neighbouring studios housing tailors, carpenters, thread spinners and belt makers.

2014-09-01 15.01.10  Image by Sonia Hamza

The location and lodgings   Sefrou is an ancient market town nestled at the base of the Middle Atlas Mountains. The closest city, some 25 kilometres west, Fez, the provincial capital boasts a significant impressive imperial medina.

Dar Attamani – A Berber, Jewish house estimated to be some 400 years old, located in the heart of Sefrou’s medina, 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.

12494947_1717381611825776_1406010177242103867_nDar Attamani

Support and Studios

Working spaces at Dar Attamani, the residence, are available for artists working in ‘dry’ mediums. The house has many areas for contemplation and creation, including a roof terrace, a cool garden, salon areas and working tables. Temporary individual studios spaces are rented in the old medina for artists upon request. They are simple, light and in the heart of the medina.  Equipment is limited and studios are basic. Resources, local connections and cultural immersion are strengths integral and invaluable for this residency.

Assistants/ facilitators are available to assist artists in community engagement or execution of arts projects. Cultural facilitation, language and local knowledge are the facilitator’s assets.

MG_0222Alex Schmitt by Omar Chennafi

Application Download word up 17 application form and submit by mail to cvairs@yahoo.com.  Include 3 -4 documents . jpeg files or electronic links to portfolio work.


Fee950 euros.   Includes – accommodation and residency program.  ( See example  program from residency Textile AiR, January 2016) Does not include Insurance, execution of work, food, travel to and from residency.

Expectations towards the artist   Respect for the hosting community and culture.  Community engagement is an intended outcome, for the benefit of all involved.  Artists are encouraged to unfold their skills, dip the quill, shake the hands of the local community and feed their creativity. The definition of artist is broad.

For funding possibilities in the MENA and Mediterranean region see http://nacmm.wordpress.com/funding/




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