Faber Residence (from Latin faber, ‘artisan, worker, forger…’) is a residence of arts, sciences and humanities located in the city of Olot (Garrotxa) inaugurated in September 2016.
What can you expect from Faber? What is a day at the residence like?
Faber, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia in Olot is a place for professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities fields (writers, translators, artists of diverse disciplines, scholars and scientists and so on) come to work on their personal projects for a time. That is why Faber offers.
a) On the one hand, thematic residencies programmed throughout year, in which professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities fields can come to work and share experiences with other residents for a few days. During their stay, the residents will collaborate in different kinds of activities addressed to students, professionals or general public. The activities will be carried out in accordance with a project, taking into account previous demands and necessities.
In these rooms we provide a space for work and exchange. We are very respectful of each resident’s time and project process. Even so, it is not a place of retreat where to isolate oneself from others; we want residents to be able to learn from each other and to have exchanges during return activities as well.
The profile of residents that we are looking for is of people who need a space and time for productive work, people who want to share their project with other residents and create a friendly and supportive community.
b) On the other hand, individual residencies that all professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities fields can apply for coming to work on their professional projects for a few days. It is preferable these people come out of thematic residencies days.
In these rooms we provide a workspace without exchange with other residents because any other resident will be at Faber.
People who is interested in some of these residencies can read more about this on Candidates.
In all the periods, Faber makes it easy to make the most of the time, and the residents who have passed through here bear witness to this. The fact that you don’t have to worry about breakfast or dinner means you can enjoy it all day long. The landscape and surroundings of Faber make it easy to rest from work and get to know the reality of La Garrotxa and Catalonia better.
Contribution and innovation
Faber is a unique institution in the Catalan cultural landscape and we also want it gets to be also in the field of international residences. There are a few residences that work with thematic focus. Faber has worked on this from the beginning.
Talent and excellence
The residents of Faber are professionals, academics or creators that are supported by a curriculum and an excellent project.
Internationalization and cultural diplomacy
Residents know Olot and Catalonia, and the city and country know them. The network of relationships between Catalan and foreign residents is growing and more profitable. The same goes for the network of relations established between Catalan and foreign institutions.
Social and cultural return
Faber is a service institution. Serving Catalan and foreign residents, institutions, associations and organizations with which it is related and, of course, to the citizens of Catalonia. The residence is a generator of activities: meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops and various activities that result in the benefit of the society that hosts them.
Declaration on Diversity
Faber is a public institution serving the communities to whom it must offer its services. We consider diversity to be part of our project, which is a vital element to ensure Faber’s effective operation and the achievement of the objectives we have set ourselves as a residence.
Faber is a space open to all but we are aware that the definition of this word is always problematic. We don’t just talk about the concepts of the activities, of course, we talk about how we learn and how we disseminate the contents and life experiences of the residents. We appreciate diversity as a way of broadening Faber’s sphere of action.
We are committed to debates that place our society as central to progress and that call out social and cultural inequalities and power differences. Our intention is to deal with ecology, migrations, feminism, identities, capitalism, globalisation and many other concepts at Faber from an intersectional perspective.
We appreciate one of our shortcomings is the fact that we do not have greater outreach, not only geographically speaking, but also from the point of view of social class: that is, we would like to be able to have the funds to grant scholarships and travel grants that would allow us to create a more balanced diversity in the origin of residents. We are aware of the biases that occur in the selection processes and we hope to improve these in the future. Without being any form of excuse, Faber is an institution that was only born in September 2016. We want to grow with the residents we welcome and with the general public who welcome us.
Francesc Serés, Director
He is the author of a considerable number of literary works, including the trilogy De fems i de marbres (Manures and Marbles, 2003), La força de la gravetat (The Force of Gravity, 2006), Caure amunt. Muntaner, Llull, Roig (Falling Up: Muntaner, Llull, Roig, 2008), Contes russos (Russian Stories, 2009), and Mossegar la poma (Bite the Apple, Quaderns Crema, 2012), all of which have been published by Quaderns Crema.
Gavina Freixa, Administration and Communication
She studied Media and Communication at the University of Wolverhampton (England) and worked for five years in the Communication field. Then she expanded her education studying Catalan Philology (UB) and made the postgraduate course in Linguistic Advice (UAB). She has worked for nine years as a Catalan corrector for Public Administration and companies.