Do what you love. Let the creative juices flow. All while livin’ la vida local in Madrid, Spain. Sound too good to be true? Here’s your chance.

In collaboration with our 400 partner universities (rgnn.org/partners), we are now offering Artist Residencies in Madrid, Spain, for university partners and groups of artists.

Minimum group size: 10 artists.

Open to writers, journalists, bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, digital artists, graphic designers, social media artists, creative programmers, coders, entrepreneurs and innovators.


Writers. Applications are open to writers of all literary disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, etc. The proposal can be to work on an existing project (e.g. if you are already working on a book) or to complete an entire project during your residency in Madrid (e.g. a collection of poems about Spain). Texts can be written in all languages.

Journalists and Bloggers. As a news agency, RGNN.org also welcomes journalists and bloggers-in-residence. Proposals can be based around a specific theme, e.g. reporting on current events or around a theme, e.g. art, culture, sports, travel, fashion, style, food, etc. If the Resident is interested in publishing his or her texts on RGNN.org, they must be written in English or Spanish.

Photographers. Photographers can be of all different disciplines, from artistic photography to street photography to photojournalism. Proposals can be based around a specific theme, e.g. a series photographing street art in Madrid. Selected works may be published on RGNN.org. Photographers can take advantage of the RGNN photo and video studio to shoot work as well. Please note that photographers should provide their own photography (camera, tripod, etc.) and editing equipment.

Filmmakers and videographers. Filmmakers of all disciplines are welcome: film, short film, documentary, video, etc. Selected works may be published on RGNN.org. Filmmakers can take advantage of the RGNN photo and video studio to shoot work as well. Please note that filmmakers should provide their own film (camera, tripod, etc.) and editing equipment (e.g. Final Cut Pro or your editing program of choice).

Digital Artists and Graphic Designers. Applications are open all artists who use digital media to create art and design, from Photoshop to Illustrator to online image and video creation tools. Please note that you should provide your own editing equipment (e.g. Adobe Suite).

Social Media Artists. Applications are open to artists who use social media in their art form. Content should be specifically created for social media (e.g. gifs, videos, images, photos, etc.). Social media artists can take advantage of the RGNN photo and video studio to shoot flat lays and other installations, for example. The “virtual studio” created by the artist may be shared on RGNN social media profiles using the hashtag #RGNNresidency.

Creative Coders. Applications are open to creative coders and programmers, who use coding languages to create tools, apps or art. From HTML to CSS to Ruby on Rails, projects can be as creative as the candidate desires. It is not necessary to finish an entire coding project during the residency, but the proposal should detail what the candidate proposes to work on.

Entrepreneurs and Innovators. The ROOSTERGNN Residency welcomes entrepreneurs looking to create and launch an innovative business idea. It is recommended that entrepreneurs take advantage of Madrid to conduct market research and business meetings, for which the conference room facility is at their disposal. It is not necessary to launch an entire business during the residency, but the proposal should detail what the candidate proposes to work on.


Every Resident works on a self-directed creative project throughout his or her Residency. Candidates should detail their project proposal in the application form. It is not required that residents finish an entire project during their stay at the Madrid Residency; you can work on a project you have started elsewhere, or work on a project in a brainstorming format and continue to work on it after the program.

Language. The Residency is open to all nationalities and languages. We remind Residents that all communications with RGNN are conducted exclusively in English or Spanish.

Brushstroke sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain


It is no wonder that Madrid is breaking tourist records year after year. The most visited city in Spain, Madrid received more than 8.8 million tourists in 2015.

The city’s rich culture, including its Golden Art Triangle, -framed by the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and now the Caixa Forum,- is famous worldwide. Alternative galleries showcasing international independent artists are popping up all over the city as well. From Malasaña to the Barrio de las Letras, Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods are steeped in history, ideal for reflective strolls, both day and night.

In recent years, Madrid has moreover become named “capital of fashion” (“capital de la moda“), perfect for those interested in investigating clothes as a socio-cultural reflector that transcends class and provenance. So, too, is the city home of the Spanish language, and one can retrace the footsteps of numerous legendary writers, from the Quijote to Hemingway, in and around Madrid.

The city’s proximity to other Spanish towns and cities make for active adventures, be it a day-trip to Toledo or a weekend getaway to Barcelona. On a weekend in Madrid, on the other hand, you can enjoy the Retiro Park or even a typical Real Madrid soccer match – and let’s not forget the delicious food and tapas. There’s something in Madrid for all tastes!


ACCOMMODATIONS in central Madrid, Spain, and FACILITIES.

Central accommodations in the city of Madrid.
The accommodation can be in single rooms (1 person) or double rooms (2 people).

The accommodations will be assigned by ROOSTERGNN according to availability of the different Artist Residency locations in the selected city.

Artist Residency, Madrid, Spain

Brainstorming Room.

Residents will have access to a shared “Brainstorming Room” with work tables and wifi internet connection to work on their creative projects. The Brainstorming Room will be open from Monday through Friday. Exact opening hours subject to the Residency opening hours.Note. All Residents should bring their own laptops to work on their projects.

Conference Room.

Residents will have access to a Conference Room to conduct meetings and conferences. Access to the Conference Room will be based on availability (there will be a sign-up sheet to fill out).

RGNN Photo and Video Studio.

Residents will have access to the RGNN Photo and Video Studio, a professional photo and video studio complete with white infinity backgrounds, green backgrounds and black backgrounds as well as professional lighting and a clothing rack. Residents can use the studio to shoot and photograph for their creative projects. Access to the Studio will be based on availability (there will be a sign-up sheet to fill out).


The Artists-in-Residence benefit from guidance for their artistic project before their arrival in Madrid, Spain and/or Havana, Cuba.

All requests for guidance must be submitted at least sixty (60) days before the start of the program. With the acceptance of the Artist, information on the processing of orientation requests will be provided.


During the Residency program, the bilingual Orientation Coordinator (English / Spanish) will inform Residents about their requests for orientation to carry out their artistic project in Madrid. The Orientation Coordinator will also advise the Residents about other local information they may need.

Remember that the Artists carry out a self-directed and independent project; the Orientation Coordinator is not a fixer.


The projects and/or interviews with Residents moreover can be published by the agency, RGNN.org, as well as on its diverse communication channels and social media networks, allowing Residents to publish and promote their work to a global audience.


Residents can opt to receive a router with portable wifi internet connection and explore the city fully connected 🙂

To access the router, the Resident will have to make a router deposit of seventy-five (75) Euros, which will be returned to the Resident when he or she returns the router.



In collaboration with our 400 partner universities (rgnn.org/partners), we are now offering Artist Residencies in Madrid, Spain, for university partners and groups of artists.

  • Minimum group size 10 artists.
  • Minimum 7 nights.

Dates are flexible and can be adapted to your group’s specific needs.



RGNN Artist Residencies are subject to a Residency Fee to cover expenses such as accommodation, Orientation Coordinators, etc. Residency Fees may vary depending on group size and Residency duration.

As a non-profit, RGNN.org already subsidizes all Residency Fees and is committed to offering affordable programs for all artists. We also recommend consulting the following links for information about third-party funding.

Please contact us to inquire about your specific dates and to get a personalized price quote for your group.


We are always happy to work with you and your university or group of artists to customize all programs according to your needs.

Possible add-ons include breakfast, half/full-board, welcome/departure dinners, airport pick-up and drop-off, workshops with RGNN Experts and Mentors, city tours, day trips to Toledo, El Escorial Monastery and Palace, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Alcalá de Henares (the birthplace of Cervantes, Segovia, and more.

Please contact us to inquire about customizations and personalized add-ons.