The home unit Casa del Dragon in Cervera del Maestre – artist residence, exhibition space, working space, think tank – invites artists from all over the world to live, work and exhibit together in the Maestrazgo region (near Vinaros, Peñiscola, Sant Mateo, Morella) in Spain.
The 700 years old stone house in the village of Cervera del Maestre is an open art project. More than 100 creatives passed the location between 2007 and 2012 and more than 1000 followed till spring 2020. The house offers up to 13 places for residency. The guests are living together with some members of the community in a familiar enviroment. The target is, to develop friendship, cultural activities and explore new creative ways to distribute European art in the world. The guests prepare the meals, clean and organize the daily life together with the members of familiafeliz. They are free to relax or work, to discover the region or help in our local art projects.
The house of the dragon brings creative people together. You can be part of this think tank, if you are professional artist, curator, art agent, gallerist, art historian, a journalist, poet, dancer… or if you like to help with your fundamental business or handcraft knowledge (like a business angel) to develop new emerging art projects. You are also welcome if you are looking for an alternative living community. The residence is supported by private sponsorship. This helps a lot to organize events and take care of the facilities and space.
The house was rebuilt with the help of many friends and artists over more than 28 years. It is used since 2006 as an open exhibition space.
The focus of the residence is European art, this is art from all European members, whereever they are living and working, and form any artist working in Europe. So definetly this residence welcomes artists from Asia, Amerika and other continents to participate in an open dialog to explore new amazing art.
Since the summer of 2014 the residence collaborates with the UNESCO project sevengardens.org and organizes workshops for dye gardening and working with natural pigments.
IF you are interested in joining this socio cultural European art space, you could apply for a visit.
Casa del Dragon is know in the region for it’s exhibitions and as a residence for creative people. But our goal ever was to contribute to the european culture as well as to the social and cultural identity of the citizens of the village of Cervera del Maestre.
Organising such events without any public funding is a challenge but it is also sustainable because of its power of economic independence. Every saturday and sunday (in times of exhibitions) we open our doors. Therefor the gallery became a social space, a kind of forum romanum, in which we could discuss and create many other social and cultural activities. We also opened local historic buildings for the public, like the old fantastic Ermita de Sant Sebastian. This building is linked to nearly 1000 years of local, spanish and european history and a great space to provide contemporary art.
Art was ever a powerful tool to explore the future of human mankind. In museums we might enjoy the left overs of such contemporary movements. In our daily life we have to hold on for a moment to be aware about the beauty of this moment.
Casa del Dragon, the house of the powerful dragon, welcome you, to enjoy this moment.