PINEA A.I.R. is an initiative run by the private non-profit organisation LINEA DE COSTA. With a seven years trajectory, our organisation is a reference among international artists-in-residence programs in Europe. PINEA A.I.R is a reputed and independent program in Spain, guaranteed by critics, artists and specialised press.
PINEA A.I.R. is a program situated in Cadiz Bay, strategically located in Rota Town historic centre and close to natural spaces such as beaches, pine forests and dunes.
It's not only studios to work. It's much more than this: It's an A.I.R. program for artistic researches, productions, and exhibitions. It's an opportunity for artists working in site-specific projects whose aim is to dynamically contribute to improving the town, and seeking to foster cross-cultural relations between artists in residence and the locals, by involving the territory in an active way. Our knowledge of the local scene makes the stay a key experience in their creative process.
Our line of work is based on selecting artists coming from different places and creative fields who want to come to PINEA A.I.R. to develop specific projects having into account the context in which they will act, in an exchange of experiences and artistic and cultural increasing climate. The team keeps periodically in touch with residents, giving them advice & practical tips.
PINEA A.I.R. has two venues: our a.i.r. studios and our gallery & office, very close together -two minutes by walk- and strategically located between the town historic centre and the local natural spaces such as beaches and dunes. PINEA STUDIOS are located on the first floor of an apartment building. We can accommodate up to four artists at our studios, and we are equipped with Wireless Internet Connection, fully equipped kitchen & bathroom and resting areas. ESPACIO PINEA GALLERY is a fully equipped small-white-cube gallery for events & exhibitions situated on the main street, very close to La Costilla Square.
In PINEA A.I.R. are welcome artists of any nationality and discipline which belongs to contemporary creation. Projects must be developed in one, two or three months (calendar months). All artists admitted by PINEA A.I.R. do it as a 'Linea de Costa friend membership'. Artist will get this status after the correspondent membership dues had been paid.
Lodging: We offer to artists in residence the possibility to live in the single studio-rooms, which are provided with single cosy bed-chairs. The accommodation is not a rental, but a free courtesy for artists in residence memberships. However, artists can opt to rent an accommodation in a different location (for example if they don't want to live and work in the same space or if they want to be accompanied by friends or relatives). Anyway, in both cases, the artist membership dues are the same.
PINEA A.I.R. & LINEA DE COSTA is a cultural project self-financed by subscription, through membership dues. All of our income is used to achieve our goals.
How to apply: go to APPLY
The strategic situation of Rota, opposite Cadiz at the entrance of the Cadiz Bay, has for thousands of years made it an attractive place for people of many different cultures. The Phoenicians and Tartesians, at the beginning of civilized times, knew Rota as “Astaroth” – a reference to the noise made by the sea on stormy days as it breaks against the rocks of the reef. Its name in Roman times was “Speculum Rotae”, an allusion to the reflection of the houses on the water of the bay. The Arabic name was “Rabita Ruta”. In the middle ages, this became Rota.
With a total of eight "corrales" (fish pens), Andalusia's first designated Natural Monument comprises a small strip of the Atlantic Ocean with its beach, facing the towns of Rota and Chipiona. These plots reclaimed from the sea represent traditional ways of fishing that go back to Roman times. Rota, an ancestral fishing town, made use of this activity, building early fish farms. Here, fish, cuttlefish and octopi enter when the tide is high, and get trapped in the stone pens when it goes out. They were then captured using traditional tools such as the "francajo", "cuchillo de marea" and "tarraya". The walls of these pens are built in sandstone and compacted shells from the ground, and here sea urchins, shrimps and crabs can be harvested; especially famous are its large oysters and barnacles. There are also species typically found in rocky areas or in mud and sand, such as algae, marine phanerogams, fish, worms and molluscs. Occasionally, even white sea bream and conger eels, more common in deeper water, come to feed or spawn here. Behind the walls, there is a coastal reef with a great variety of species that colonise the pens. All this wealth of fauna provides food for sea birds and waders from other areas of Cadiz province, that come to rest or feed here.
At the same time, Rota has natural attractions inland in the shape of its system of dunes with pine groves and parks, the botanical garden and Spain's largest population of chameleons, as well as traditional houses related with coastal agriculture, known as "mayeteria" because harvests are in May.
Cultural & natural options are completed by beaches and a wealth of heritage attractions. Special mention should be made of Luna Castle, a 13th-century Gothic fortress with wonderful views of the bay. Also interesting are the 16th-century Nuestra Señora de la O Church, La Merced Tower and the Baroque La Caridad Church.
PINEA A.I.R studios & ESPACIO PINEA GALLERY are located in La Costilla Beach, one of the most loved places in Rota, alongside the historic town centre. PINEA A.I.R. is also just a few minutes' by walking from 'Parque Natural La Almadraba', the 18 hectares pine trees and dunes park which constitute an unbeatable setting for relaxing and becoming one with the environment.