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.

ROOSTERGNN is accepting applications for its Artist Residency program in Madrid, Spain for 2018. Open to writers, journalists, bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, digital artists, graphic designers, social media artists, creative programmers, coders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Ten spots only. Don’t miss out!

Spots limited to ten (10) artists-in-residence


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!


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 can be carried out in English OR Spanish. It is not necessary to speak Spanish in order to complete the Residency. Our Orientation Coordinator is bilingual (English and Spanish), so that Residents can communicate in English or Spanish with him or her.

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


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 English or Spanish.

Journalists and Bloggers. As a news agency, RGNN.org especially 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. The works will be published on RGNN.org. Texts can 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.


You focus on your art. We take care of the rest.

Accommodation in central Madrid, Spain.

Accommodation can be in shared (double, 2 people) apartments or single (1 person) apartments. Please indicate your choice in the application form. If you are interested in bringing a companion (spouse, partner, friend, family member or children), please contact residency@roostergnn.org for availability.

Each apartment is furnished with the following facilities:

  • Furnished apartment
  • Own bathroom
  • Own kitchen, complete with fridge, stove, microwave and cooking utensils
  • Air-conditioning / heating, depending on season
  • Cleaning and changing of sheets and towels
  • Wifi


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, from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 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).


Optional: Portable wi-fi router with 4G high-speed internet connection throughout the whole city.

24 hour concierge, ready to answer all your questions, always a friendly face at home

Laundromat, dryer and ironing room in the same Residency building.

Don’t miss anything; we’ll take care of receiving your packages and letters in Madrid.

Amazing common areas – like a swimming pool and sundeck open during the summer!

Always bright and spotless. Cleaning service included so you don’t have to stop working.



Applications are open for 2018 for complete months. Minimum: one (1) month, maximum: twelve (12) months.

  • Monday, January 1, 2018 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018. FULL.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018. FULL.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Saturday, March 31, 2018. FULL.
  • Sunday, April 1, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018. FULL.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018. FULL.
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 to Saturday, June 30, 2018.
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 to Tuesday, July 31, 2018.
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018.
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Friday, November 30, 2018.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018.


Standard Residency Fee:

1,500 Euros. Shared (double) apartment.

2,000 Euros. Private apartment.

The swimming pool and sundeck are open subject to the weather, usually open all of June, July, August.

Standard Residency Fee throughout the year 2018: given that the occupation has been covered until May 2018 and in order not to increase the Residency fees, the Board of Directors has decided not to consider the months of June, July and August of 2018 as high season.


Application Deadline.

Spots limited to ten (10) residents. Applications are rolling, once spots fill up, applications will be closed.


Please read full program for payment terms


Apply now!