Bee Time April 2019

7/28 April 2019, Santa Lucía, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
Application deadline extended: February 20th 2019
Max. number of participants: 3



Artists of all disciplines are invited submit their application proposal for the April 2019 Bee Time residency period, using the honeybee swarm as inspiration in the making of artistic work.

Swarming is the colony’s reproduction process in which the colony divides itself. Part of the colony, together with the queen, fly out of their hive – creating, what is often described by onlookers, a formidable black cloud, which eventually settles down as a humming cluster somewhere in the vicinity of the hive, temporarily poised whilst the scout bees fly out to seek a new suitable home. A new queen is left in the hive together with the rest of the bees to continue the legacy of the colony in a new cycle of life.

This swarming moment, a symbol of abundance and health of a colony, is of crucial importance for the colony. In commercial beekeeping swarming is not encouraged, and practices to inhibit the colony from swarming take place in order to keep the bees focused on honey production. The super-organism‘s natural process of reproduction is denied and repressed.

During the residency, we invite you to take an in depth look this explosion of life, collecting and relocating swarms in the La Janda region and holding conversations about the peculiarities of the swarming phenomena.

April is typically the time of year when this happens in our area, and participants in the residency will be invited to join Apijanda collection teams as they respond to swarm calls. We hope to provide participants with as much real time contact with swarms and their magic (swarm timing is weather dependent, so we cannot guarantee how many will be collected during the residency period).

Bee Time is an artist residency programme that works closely with a local learning community of natural beekeepers called Apijanda, and is strongly rooted in the local human ecology and culture in and around Santa Lucia, in Southern Andalucia.

Participants will work alongside the Bee Time team; artists and bee students, Jorge Gallardo, Pol Parrhesia and Karmit EvenZur, who dedicate their work to the investigation of the relationships between art, communities and their natural environments. During the residency, the Bee Time team assists and guides participants in the research that leads to the creation of individual projects maintaining, on some occasions, communication with the artists to further develop their work after they leave. As a way to give back to the local community what we have been investigating, we will hold open studio days on our last week together.

Prior knowledge of bees and beekeeping is not necessary, but an enthusiasm to use them as actual or metaphorical stimulation for research is required.

Conditions of the residency:

  • Attendance for the full period, 07-28 April 2019
  • Reading the information pack Bee Time will send participants and becoming acquainted with basic knowledge about the honeybee colony and principles of natural beekeeping.
  • A commitment to generate reflections and feedback in form of art work / writing after the residency.


Application deadline: February 20th 2019
Max. number of participants: 3

Please return your Application form [60kb .doc] to:

We will endeavour to tell you the result of your application within two weeks of the closing date. If you are applying for public funding and need letters of support from us please get in touch as soon as possible.

Bee Time is an independent non-profit artist-run cooperative, funding its projects through a variety of local and international grants. For this coming residency, we have not secured any subsidies yet so it will be up to individual artists to secure financial aid to cover the residency expenses.

The residency fee covers 3 weeks accommodation, lunches and the Bee Time studios and program. We prefer that the artists secure public funding to cover these expenses and can assist by providing you letters of support for your endeavors to raise funds to cover the residency as well as the artist’s production costs, and travel expenses, etc. Our artists in the past have been supported by their national funding bodies.

The costs of the trip to Saint Lucia will be borne by each artist.

We are located near Vejer de la Frontera and the closest airports are Jerez de la Frontera, Gibraltar, Malaga and Sevilla. There are very few bus services from these airports to our village so make sure to consult with us prior to booking your tickets.

Facilities provided by Bee Time:

  • The accommodation is a rental house in Santa Lucía, provided with all the basic comforts: private rooms, bathroom, kitchen and common spaces. The house is located 5, maximum 10 minutes walk from the studios.
  • Food: Vegetarian lunches are provided. Participants will make and pay for their breakfasts and dinners. There is a fully equipped kitchen in the residency house.
  • The workspaces are located in an area of small waterfalls and pools, where water flows from the La Muela spring, a village located right next to Santa Lucía. It is a series of restored water mills managed by the neighbourhood association, with whom the Bee Time team works side by side. These studios will be used for the pop us exhibition spaces at the end of the residency period.
  • Specialized research library in bee biology, natural beekeeping and other books related to the world of bees, their metaphorical translation and their parallels or dissonances with human life. The Bee Time team will also provide access to a specialised art and ecology library in NMAC Foundation.
  • Wifi facilities in the rented accommodation, single room, shared bathroom and kitchen / or indiv. apartments (to be decided).
  • Projector, or other facilities can be arranged after prior discussion.
  • The residency takes place in a rural location, and local trips to the shops (for food and materials) will be provided a few times throughout the residency period.

Bee Time Artist Residency #6, Spring 2019 Santa Lucía
Swarming Open Call / Drawing ‘32,202 abejeros 23.8.17 – 3.9.2017’ by Sophie Twiss