International Ceramics Resident Program FAQ
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Who is Taller Gingell?
Wendy Gingell and Eric Lazo are the two behind Taller Gingell. Wendy is a working ceramic artist with a studio on-site. Eric manages the ceramics business and showroom. Maria Isabel is our podenco-labrador mix dog that adds a bit of life to the place.
How do I go about preparing my application?
Here is a link that explains how to apply.- HOW TO APPLY -
What happens if my residency proposal changes?
Well, that’s ok, stuff changes, ideas evolve. Artists are welcome to come to work in the studio. You also can complete grant proposals, write a thesis, approach galeries or visit the cultural offerings of Barcelona.
Is a creative outcome expected while I’m a resident?
There are no expectations. The residency program is for self-motivated artists with no formal art critiques. We provide help but no formal schedule or structure.
Is Taller Gingell wheelchair accessible?
Our showroom, production studio and offices meet Barcelona city handicap requirements and are wheelchair accessible. There is a small step at the entrance due to historic preservation requirements.
The residency living and studio space are not wheelchair accessible.
What do I need to consider about COVID-19?
We follow all COVID-19 requirements of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Government of Spain.
Here’s a link to the Spanish government website https://spth.gob.es/
Here’s a link to the Generalitat de Catalunya website https://web.gencat.cat/en/activem/restriccions-territorials/catalunya/
Here’s a link the the City of Barcelona website https://www.barcelona.cat/covid19/en/health-advice?p=div-vacuna
Being a residency, you are required to follow the above requirements.
What should I bring with me?
We provide basic linens, blankets, cleaning supplies, clothes washer and studio space. Residents are responsible for all groceries, supplies, transportation and other needs.
What supplies do you provide?
None. You are responsible for all supplies, but we help you out.
Can you help me get supplies?
As a production studio, we have relationships with all major local suppliers. As part of your residency we will:
- Take you to the two main ceramic suppliers in Barcelona. It’s about a 10 to 15 minute walk to both of them. You can go later and get the essentials or place an order for delivery to their store or to the residency
- Take you to place your first order in person for supplies
- Show you the websites where you can place orders for supplies
- Give you advice on ordering and delivery timelines
- Let you know when we are ordering for delivery of supplies so you can add to our orders to reduce your delivery fees
- Give ordering advice before you arrive so you have items available on arrival
- Most of what you need is a 10 to 15 minute walk away. A bit of planning helps to get items delivered from warehouses outside Barcelona.
Where can I get supplies?
Our ceramic materials come from Anper Ceramica (www.anper.net) and Angela Colls (www.angelacolls.com). They have offices about 10 to 15 minute walk from the studio. They have many supplies on hand and also deliver for a fee, but can take up to 7 to 10 days for delivery.
Servei Estacio (www.serveiestacio.com) is a large art and hardware store downtown Barcelona. It's a 20 minute walk.
There are two local hardware stores within a 2 minute walk from the studio. Also, chain hardware stores Bauhaus (www.bauhaus.es) and Leroy Merlin (www.leroymerlin.es) are a 20 - 30 minute walk from the studio.
Can my partner and children come to my residency?
Yes. We’re set up for that and hope it’s a positive thing.
Please see our prices for more folks.
It in no way impacts your application and or acceptance.
If both of you are artists and are applying for a residency, submit individual applications. Please note on each application that you are applying together.
If a partner wishes to use the resident’s studio, there is an extra fee.
What is the length of residency?
Minimum stay is 5 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.
So what does everything cost?
Here’s all the details (divide by 4 to get weekly rate):
- Solo artist €1500 / month
- Artist plus artist €1180 + €1180 / month
- Partner €400 / month
- Child €320 / month
- Non-resident artist use of studio €300 / month
- Security deposit €200
On acceptance a 20% deposit is required, the remaining 80% is required before starting the residency.
All taxes and government fees are included in the above pricing.
What’s included in the residency price?
Communal Space (Private for resident use from 18:00 - 10:00)
- Living room
- Bathroom and shower
- Private bedroom(s)
- 1 single bedroom
- 1 double bedroom
- Artist studio
- 24/7 access
* Heat, water and electricity are included within reason.
The rental cost is an estimate of utility use. If you end up using a large amount of heat or electricity we need to cover our expenses - this rarely happens. We adjust this with the security deposit. We’ll let you know after a few days of your use so you can relax.
Europe is currently experiencing an energy crisis. Please consider utilities for one person run between €150 and €225 per person per month. Due to the COVID pandemic and war our utilities have increased between 40% - 130% in a single month.
What’s not included in the price?
- Travel and visa related expenses
- Personal living expenses beyond accommodation
- All material and firing expenses
- Excursions and entertainment
- What community expectations are there for residents?
- You are a guest. Be respectful of local culture, our community, neighbors and neighborhood.
- Keeping the shared living space and studio clean and manageable. Also, we clean the spaces weekly.
- We provide a comprehensive guide about Barcelona, our neighborhood and local culture.
What community opportunities are there for residents?
If you wish to take part there are opportunities. You can present and teach specific techniques or methods to the local community. Please send us a note if you would like to learn more.
We offer the opportunity to give artist talks and a final exhibition of your work.
Can you store stuff for me?
No. Sorry we do not store or hold items for folks. Please make arrangements to ship or store items elsewhere when the residency ends.
On a case-by-case basis we can accept packages a few days before your residency begins. Sorry we cannot go pick them up at the post office.
What’s the best way to ship stuff?
Most likely not the post-office. Let us know what you want to ship and we can give you some advice on what options you have to get it to where you want it to go.
Sorry we do not ship stuff for folks.
What is the security deposit for?
We’re trying to keep a running ceramics resident space. So if something gets broken or goes missing during your stay we have some way to replace or fix it for the next artist. We understand accidents happen.
Most of the time folks get a full refund of the security deposit. We will let you know and review this with you before you head out.
Can my dog come with me?
Sorry no pets allowed.
On site is a little black dog whose name is Maria Isabel. She is either your best friend or trouble depending what you leave for her to chew up. She does not roam the resident space, but if you leave the door open she’s going to show up to check you out.
Do you accept international applicants?
Yes, we accept international applicants. If needed, the artist is responsible to work with their consulate to get any necessary visas. We are not a sponsoring organization. We offer an invitation letter with details about the residency in support of a visa application.
Can I cancel my residency?
Life happens, things change. We understand.
If you need to try and reschedule your residency after you’ve made the deposit:
90 plus days before your arrival date. We’ll let you know our resident artist availability and see if we can get you a new date that works. We'll apply your deposit to your new residency.
Less than 90 days before your arrival date. We most likely won’t find folks to fill the vacancy. In this scenario you will lose your deposit and we’ll cancel your residency.
In any case if we can find a new applicant for the time of your cancellation we’ll refund your deposit.
Is wi-fi available?
Yes, our entire space is wifi accessible. We have one high speed internet connection shared by all on the property.
What’s the weather like in Barcelona?
Summer is beautiful. Usually around 25 - 30ºC(80- 90ºF) with a cool breeze, once in a while we get a heat wave and the temperature goes up.
Fall is beautiful. Usually around 15 - 25ºC (60 - 80ºF) with a cool breeze, and once in a while you get a rain storm that rolls through.
Winter is great but can get chilly. Usually around 5 - 15ºC (40 - 55ºF). Some days are clear, others some rain. Every 5 years it snows for a few hours.
Spring is beautiful, but a little chilly too. Usually 10 - 25ºC (50 - 75ºF). Alternating between sun and rain. Once in a while a hail storm treats us to a display.
We have air conditioning but don’t use it as we find it’s unnecessary. In the winter, we have heat and we provide blankets. In the winter it gets chilly, so bring a warm coat, hat and gloves. In summer, bring sunscreen and shorts plus a swimsuit for the beach.
Can friends stay while I’m a resident artist?
No. Only people listed on the residency agreement are permitted. No exceptions.
Can I work and earn money while I’m a resident artist?
We offer no employment opportunities.
You are free to use your ceramics residency as you would like, if working to earn money is part of that we wish you the best.
Is the beach nearby?
Yes, it is a 30 minute walk / 10 minute bike away. Plus there are endless beach towns and amazing hiking trails outside of Barcelona. They're accessible by public transportation that are fun to explore.
Let us know, send us an email. We’d be happy to get back to you.