PINEA A.I.R. is an initiative run by the private non-profit organisation LINEA DE COSTA. With a seven years trajectory, up to now, the residency program has engaged more than 250 international artists. In this sense, our organization has become a reference between international artists-in-residence programs in Europe. PINEA A.I.R is a reputed and independent program in Spain, guaranteed by critics, artists and specialized press.
PINEA A.I.R. is a program situated in Cadiz Bay, strategically located in Rota, next 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 art events. 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 territory. 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 STUDIO & GALLERY are located in the residential neighborhood of Costa Ballena, next to a fabulous natural beach and large green areas, and well connected to the center of Rota by public transport and by bike path.
Our studio is located in a cultural building. The studio consists of a large open space bathed in natural light. The studio has a capacity for up to 6 artists working at the same time. It is equipped with a shared kitchenette and bathrooms and a small library with catalogs of contemporary art exhibitions. Next to the studio, there is a courtyard and an exhibition area that can be susceptible to be used on request (subject to availability).
In PINEA A.I.R. are welcome artists of any nationality and discipline which belongs to contemporary creation. Projects must be developed in one month (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.
Please note that PINEA A.I.R. does not have governmental support, it is not within its possibilities to offer grants at this moment. Artists are encouraged to apply for independent sponsors and we will provide invitation letters and guidance to cooperate with artists' necessary fundraising and any other documentation needed.
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.
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.
PINEA-LINEA DE COSTA studio is located in"Costa Ballena", a residential neighborhood of more than 400 hectares that is located to the north in the Villa de Rota. It is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean with a total length of semi-wild beaches of 2383 meters, bounded by the Arroyo de la Ballena and the end of the municipality of our locality. This residential district was designed to respect the environment, taking into account the height of the buildings, numerous green areas, recycling plant of fecal water for irrigation, bicycle lanes in most of its streets, numerous public car parks and even has a lake open to the public in the northernmost area, where we can find many types of birds. In Costa Ballena Beaches the distance between the coast and the first buildings of the district has been respected, so that in this way a sustainable environment is maintained with the least cosmopolitan interaction. It is also delimited by dunes, trees, palm trees and vegetation, which form a "great wall" so that winds, sand and the sea do not advance. A local legend tells that some local fishermen claimed that these waters had been chosen as a sanctuary by an old whale that only showed its water jet on the sea surface. Therefore, the name "Costa Ballena" (whale coast) was determined for the enclave. The original lands, mostly belonging to the aristocratic Orleans-Borbon family, occupied a large area of agricultural crops, beet, wheat and sunflower, among others. The roteños farmers ("mayetos") called it by then the "cortijo de la Ballena".
With a total of eight "corrales" (tidal fishing corrals), 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 mollusks. 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.