Through it’s A.I.R Program, CeRCCa has promoted artistic and research projects that reflect upon and interact with the local context, as well as projects that have a critical approach to contemporary issues.
Each year CeRCCa organized three A.I.R Programs that last for approximately two months. For each residency period three to four artists were selected. During that period the artists and researchers selected shared the space, living and working together. The structure of the program also enforced dialogue and collaboration in and out of the artistic framework.
In order to facilitate mutual knowledge both from the different creative perspectives of the artists and the different realities of Llorenç del Penedès, CeRCCa organized presentations by the artists and the organizers of the program during the first week of the residency. Often these presentations were the starting point to discuss the practice of each artist, becoming a key element for future collaborations.
Depending on the necessities of each artist or researcher, the organizers became the nexus between them, the local community and the different local and regional organizations and institutions that could help and benefit from their initiatives.
CeRCCa also facilitated a series of cultural visits to local and regional organizations as well as to different artistic production centers and other A.I.R programs in Catalonia. These activities were accompanied by guided tours and informal meetings with different cultural agents that worked as networking visits and potentially became the seed for future collaborations.
The residency also promoted the selected artists and researchers with the organization of and participation in workshops, local festivals and events, in addition to the documentation of their projects on CeRCCa’s web archive.
At the end of each residency, CeRCCa organized a public presentation of the projects that had been developed. These public presentations toke the format of artist talks, open studios, interventions in public space or exhibitions at the local art gallery or the Cultural House of the village. Depending on the interest of the artists, the public presentation toke place in a gallery, cultural space or festival in the region or in Barcelona.
During these five years, CeRCCa has hosted more than seventy national and international artists and researchers from Japan, Nigeria, BosniaHerzegovina, Russia, Argentina, the U.S.A., the U.K, Egypt, France, Ukraine or Iceland. The work of the residents at CeRCCa has been exhibited in spaces such as L’Espai d’Art Les Quintanes, the old cinema Cal Marçal and the Culture House of Llorenç del Penedès, as well as different public spaces in and around the village. Other exhibitions have taken place in the Arsenal Art School in Vilafranca del Penedès, Camil.la Perez Ceramic Gallery in El Vendrell, Covent.0 in Cal Rosal near Berga, CRA’P Pràctiques de Creació i Recerca Artística in Mollet del Vallès and the Paspertu Gallery and Jiwar Creation and Society Residency Program in Barcelona.