La Fuente Creative Development Space

La Fuente offers people a space where they can spend time on a creative project they have in hand (or in mind). The idea is that a blend of disconnection from routine, coupled with new stimulation can be very fruitful.

Participants receive the offer of accomodation in our office in Arenas de San Pedro (for a few weeks). They are invited to connect with the local community (which includes musicians and artists) some of whom are English speaking, as well as with my own family.

This is a two way thing. Bringing new people here, even for short periods, enriches life in the town.

Tom Hiscocks was our first resident. He spent a month painting, reflecting and engaging with locals.  He also ran an "Instant Art" workshop for us (pics below!). It was a huge success, both for Tom and for everyone here. Anyone who talks to me on Skype sees the results hanging behind me.

My friend Alison Donaldson took up the idea (see open source) and in a similar way, uses the space she has at her house in France to offer an opportunities to writers.


Who is it for?

La Fuente is available to anyone who has a creative project they would like to spend some time focusing on.

However, you do need a project – the space is not intended for vacations. Likewise you need to be independent enough to come on your own and fend for yourself – though there is plenty of opportunity to connect with people if you wish.

If you want to know more about what it is like to be here you can ask Tom HiscocksMandy Blake or Alvaro Andoin.


What kind of project?

Your project could be writing, research, studying, painting, photography or just about anything.

It could be something new you are taking up for the first time or something you have been struggling to complete.

It could be work or play.

Let me know what you have in mind and I will tell you if it qualifies.


Accommodation

La Fuente is a modern, duplex apartment in the old part of Arenas.  The town itself lies in the Sierra de Gredos, about two hours drive west of Madrid.

Upstairs is a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and study which is available for the sole use of visitors.

Downstairs is our workspace and a kitchen (with a washing machine and a dryer).


Instant Art

Tom Hiscocks ran an Instant Art workshop whilst staying at La Fuente.

He described it as “an exploration with paint and colour”.  It was a blast.