Faberllull (from latin faber “artisan, worker, forger...”) is a network of residencies for the arts, sciences and humanities located in the cites of Olot (Catalonia) and La Massana (Andorra) managed by the Institut Ramon Llull in collaboration with Olot's town council and the Governement of Andorra.
It is a place for professionals from the fields of the arts, sciences or humanities (writers, translators, artists of diverse disciplines, scholars and scientists and so on) come to work on their personal projects for a time.
On the one hand, thematic residencies programmed throughout the year, during which professionals from the fields of the arts, sciences or humanities 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 directed at students, professionals or the general public. The activities will be carried out in accordance with a project, taking into account previous demands and necessities. We provide a space for stay, to 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.
On the other hand, individual residencies that all professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities fields can apply to come and work on their professional projects for a few days.
People who are interested in some of these residencies can read more about them on Candidates.
Faberllull is a partner of Resartis, a Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies, whose objective is to support and connect residencies, engage and advocate the importance of residencies in today’s society, and provide recommendations towards cultural mobility research and policy.
Faberllull is a unique institution in the Catalan cultural landscape and we also want it gets to be also in the field of international residencies. There are a few residencies that work with thematic focus. Faberllull has worked on this from the beginning.
The residents of Faberllull are professionals, academics or creators that are supported by a curriculum and an excellent project.
The network of relationships between local and foreign residents is getting bigger and more profitable. The same happens with the network of relationships established between Catalan, Andorran and foreign institutions.
Faberllull is a service institution. Serving local and foreign residents, institutions, associations and organizations with which it is related and, of course, to the citizens of Catalonia and Andorra. Our residencies are a generator of activities: meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops and various activities that result in the benefit of the society that hosts them.
Faberllull 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 our effective operation and the achievement of the objectives we have set ourselves as a residencies network.
Faberllull 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 our 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 Faberllull residencies 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, Faberllull 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.
Pepa Pasamón, Content Technician
Cultural manager for more than 25 years. She has a degree in law, a master's degree in cultural management from the University of Barcelona and a postgraduate degree in non-profit management and intellectual property. For eleven years she was head of services at the Institut Ramon Llull. Previously, she had worked in programming at the Teatro Auditorio de Granollers, as coordinator of the Live Music Market and, at the beginning of her professional career, as manager of the Mal Pelo dance company, when the artistic residence of L'Animal a l’Esquena. was created. She has also taught in the Master's Degree in Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona and the Open University of Catalonia, and has collaborated with media outlets such as the Palau de la Música's Catalan music magazine.
Meritxell Blanco, Cultural Technician
She has a degree in Art History from the University of Girona and a master's degree in Art Criticism and Communication from the same university. She has given lectures on art, has participated in round tables and has published a number of articles on art in the newspapers Diari de Girona and Diari d'Andorra, as well as the cultural magazine Landleitmotiv and the magazine Bonart. She has been a technician at the Department of Cultural Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Government of Andorra since 2016, where she organises, produces and promotes cultural projects such as the exhibits held in the exhibition hall of the Government of Andorra, the concerts held at the National Auditorium and the participation of Andorra in the Venice Biennale. She is also in charge of the Faber Andorra project.