A SPACE FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND EXCELLENCE
LEA is a space for research in visual arts creation sheltered by a community of professional artists. The 200sqm space provides its artists with fully equipped facilities to materialize different lines of work, both in the creation of work and in the exhibition, concept and personal development of the artist. In addition, the LEA community, formed by a network of international collaborators, enables the expansion of the work carried out within a program of exhibitions in galleries and museums, talks with professionals or analysis sessions and artistic clinics. Our artists also have a patronage program aimed at finding people who, interested in their research, fully or partially cover their stay in the laboratory.
To access LEA, an experimentation project will be requested, consisting of lines of action/research that pose a challenge in the artist's production. All of LEA's facilities and tools are shared, so artists can use the space according to their needs at each moment or project. Each artist will be able to decide the time slot of work by choosing 4 shifts among the 12 available (one shift is 6 consecutive hours. The morning shift is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the afternoon shift is from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ). The minimum stay in LEA is 6 months, reviewable every year with the possibility of extending the stay. Artists will also be able to access LEA by opting for the format FULL TIME artist residency
where they will have their own area in the laboratory (not shared) of about 10sqm, for a duration of 3 months, with or without accommodation.
The laboratories are the workspace where the artists carry out their works. The laboratories have a total area of 110sqm to share, in each shift, with a maximum of 10 artists. They are divided into a clean area and a dirty or tool area. They have natural overhead and diffuse light (it does not generate shadows or reflections), a height of 6 meters, a large sink for washing brushes, bathrooms with showers, a storage area for each artist, lockers and are equipped with the following furniture and tools:
Large 150x150 tables with smooth surface
Easels of different heights
Simple trestle tables, chairs and stools adjustable in height
Continuous paper dispenser with guillotine
Carpenter benches with screw
Telescopic Disc Miter Saw
Bench grinder with two discs
Iron table and inverter welder
Ribbon Iron Cutting Machine
Industrial vacuum cleaner
Mechanical hand tools such as radials and jigsaws
Small tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, meters, files, rasps...
- Exhibition room
LEA´s exhibition room is a beautiful rectangular space with 3.4m high white walls, a polished concrete floor and a glass front with natural light. Includes Wi-Fi, two adjustable lighting circuits (monorail spotlights and neutral led tube), hangers around the perimeter and a ceiling projector with 3 meters of 16: 9 projection width and connection via HDMI from table, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. In this space, the LEA artist will be able to test his exhibition montages before presenting them to a gallery or take photographs of his pieces in a professional setting. LEA artists will be able to perform in this space an open studio.
One of the most pampered areas of LEA is the library, with contemporary art books divided into: photography, video art and digital art, painting, drawing and engraving, sculpture, performance and installation. And each of these is also classified into monographs, group catalogs, essays, artist's books or others. The library is nourished by donations from museums, foundations and private contributions who support this archive of knowledge. It is especially valuable for LEA artists who can use it as a source of inspiration and reference.
- Living / Meeting Room
Adjacent to the showroom there is an industrial style living room with raw concrete pillars, walls and floors. This space is designed for social life among LEA artists or between them and patrons, gallery owners, curators... In short, itis a cozy space to chat, read or take a break from work. It also has a kitchenette with a fridge, coffee maker and microwaves.
LEA is adapted for people with reduced mobility.