The Open Studio Madrid initiative aims to boost and promote Spanish contemporary art at international level, as well as to foster and strengthen networking between our own artists and foreign professionals and promote the mobility of our creators beyond our borders.
Previous editions have included visits from directors of museums and centres including the Orange County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, Le Plateau (Le Frac Île-de-France) in Paris, the Kunsthalle Fridericianum museum in Kassel, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, the Château des Adhemar in Montélimar, Gasworks in London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Cuba, and MAMM in Medellín (Colombia), as well as from curators from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Morocco and France and international gallery owners. This fulfils one of the organisation’s main goals: to ensure that artists gain visibility among professionals both inside and outside our borders.
With the support of the state agency Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and thanks to the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE) (visitors category), a specific programme for guest professionals, coordinated by the This is Jackalope association and directed by curators Cristina Anglada and Gema Melgar has been created for the 2019 edition.
The Guest Programme involves inviting a group of professionals for four days to visit artists’ studios, art centres, residencies, etc. It includes transfers during tours, coordination and accompanying stuff, lunches, acts and invitations to other Open Studio Madrid events.
The professional programme will also include a conference bringing together foreign guests and a large group of professionals from the art world. The aim of this event is to exchange ideas and create synergies between curators – both linked to institutions and independent - and prominent managers and coordinators in both the national and international contemporary art scenes. The professional conference will take place in the Ideas room of Tabacalera Promoción del Arte on 26 February to close this year’s edition of Open Studio Madrid 2019.
Thanks to this internationalisation programme, artists taking part in previous editions of Open Studio Madrid have received proposals to take part in group or individual exhibitions in national and international galleries and art centres as well as offers for residencies, and have made new contacts, which can always be useful for promoting their work.