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Barcelona Art Factories

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Written by Ashley B

Within Barcelona, there is a distinct and influential artistic community that has gained traction. Barcelona has become one of the most creative cities in Europe. It provides more than 100,000 jobs for the many creative minds that call it home.

You can witness some of these creative minds at work via Barcelona’s art factories. ShBarcelona loves to share some information on the city’s artists and their community.

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Discover Barcelona’s Art Factories

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Art factories in Barcelona provide artists with a community of creativity. The goal of these art factories is to give support to artistic creation by providing workspaces, resources, networking, residencies, workshops and other tools.

Many of these art centers are former factory buildings that have been revived for use by artists, cultural agents, and organizations that promote creation.

This includes dance, theatre, plastic arts, multimedia, visual arts, writers, and more. The art factories have helped support the cultural creation and production, as well as strengthened the city’s cultural network.

If you are an artist or a simple art spectator, below you will find a few of Barcelona’s prominent art factories. 

Fabra i Coats 

Fabra i Coats is a multidisciplinary workspace for the performing arts, music, plastic and visual arts, multimedia creation and projects relating to information and communication technology (ICT). It offers tools such as residencies, rentals, and courses. You can find it in the district of Sant Andreu.

Ateneu Popular 9 Barris 

Joined the art factory network in 2007. Today Ateneu Popular 9 Barris (as the name might suggest it is located in the district of Nou Barris) is the centre for performing arts, circus, vertical dances and music with cultural programming as well as support for creation, production and training. 

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Supports research, training, creation and production in the fields of plastic arts, visual arts, and multimedia in the neighbourhood of Poblenou.

At Hangar they also offer artistic residencies with a goal to equip creators and collectives with professional skills and offer open spaces where they can share professional experiences. 

La Escocesa 

Centre for creators of visual and plastic arts, with studio spaces, training, professional development and support, and exchange programs at affordable prices.

La Escocesa is a self-managed artistic production center that has partnerships with neighbourhood organizations since 2011. La Escocesa is located in the district of Sant Martí.

Sala Beckett 

Sala Beckett is a playwright house (also located in Poblenou), and it supports workshops, training programs, and theatrical experimenting. It has offered courses at different levels since 1989. 

For more information on Barcelona’s art factories, please visit their website here.  

*Main photo by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada via Visualhunt

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About the author

Ashley B

Originally from the United States of America, Ashley Bravo currently lives in Barcelona. She graduated with a Marketing degree from the University of Central Florida. She loves to write, take pictures, and record and edit videos.

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