Colectivo R.A.R.O. was born in Buenos Aires, in early 2014, as a result of its founders’ interest to generate spaces for reflection and production for artists, curators, and cultural managers. R.A.R.O. proposes an Itinerant Residency program that currently extends to Madrid and Barcelona.
Since its creation, the R.A.R.O. team has formed a solid base of local artists’ ateliers in which other artists can come to develop their own projects. Currently, it has a total of 14 spaces in Barcelona, each of them directed by artists of wide trajectory and from different disciplines.
How does it work?
The key element to R.A.R.O.’s Itinerant Residencies is the opportunity to create, collaborate and travel through various artist spaces during the residence period.
The multidisciplinary nature of R.A.R.O. allows for the resident to work in two or more ateliers and deepen into one or several disciplines in a short period of time. R.A.R.O.’s network of local ateliers allows interested residents to choose from them in order to develop a part of their production, as well undertaking collaborative works. Choosing the studio will depend on the techniques each resident wants to develop and/or deepen into and on the times established by each atelier.
The resident can work in a minimum of 2 ateliers for at least 3 weeks and deepen into one or several techniques. During their stay, artists can feature their work, have contact with local artists, curators, collectors, etc., and finally will be given the opportunity of generating an audiovisual record of the whole process, and show the final work in the form of either an open studio or an exhibition.
Who is R.A.R.O. intended to?
R.A.R.O.’s Residencies are aimed at artists, curators, cultural managers, both emerging and established, national or international coming from all disciplines who are interested in itinerant residences and who want to share ateliers with local artists for art-work production.
The duration of each residence varies according to the schedules established by the interested artists and by the R.A.R.O. ateliers. Stays are at least 3 weeks long and have no maximum time.
Costs, grants and opportunities.
The cost of each residence varies according to the chosen amount of time and ateliers. Interested artists can apply to some of the grants offered by R.A.R.O. or apply for different grants, in which case the R.A.R.O. team will provide letters of invitation and all the necessary documentation to access them.
So far R.A.R.O. has provided a special grants program for artists from different countries, and awarded full grants to international artists thanks to partnerships with Embassies, institutions, and other residency programs around the world.