This residency comes within the summer residency programme of the Fine Arts Faculty of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, whose defining feature is that it takes place in rural settings in various regions with an interesting cultural and historical heritage.
Through this residency we hope that the presence of a group of young creative artists in this village, of just 250 inhabitants, will help local population to bolster the role of art and aesthetics in rediscovering their cultural heritage, as well serving as an instrument for bringing about the cohesion of the local community and an improvement on the quality of life of its inhabitants.
This is a formative experience within a social setting and contexts which are very different to what university students meet in their normal academic experience. On the one hand, the young artists take on board the cultural values of the surroundings in which they have worked and project them through a new prism in their works and, on the other, the local community rediscovers and enhances, through this new vision, the significance of their cultural heritage and establish a new relationship with it.
Thanks to these residencies the artists and the local community act at one and the same time as audience and as creators and communicators of the heritage. It is interesting to see how the cultural values become the point of connection and exchange between people of very different ages, educational background and places of origin.