Residencias de investigación

The programme guarantees the availability of an individual or group study space, access to MACBA Library and Archive resources and support from its staff members. Guest researchers can also take advantage of an in-house document lending service, obtain a Friends of MACBA card free of charge and present their project to CED staff and other researchers. 

The MACBA Study and Documentation Centre also offers residencies for people conducting their professional activity at other archives and libraries in order to share experiences and knowledge on the processes and methodologies related to the management of documentary heritage.  


This research support programme is aimed at academic researchers, artists and other people specialising in contemporary artistic practices.  

An individual residence involves the right to use a physical space located in the Centre’s Bibliographic Holdings, equipped with a personal computer, Internet access, office software and access to the Study Centre’s databases, catalogues and other resources, including assistance from Library staff. 

The allocation of these places is granted for periods of between 1 and 3 months and these may be prolonged up to a maximum of 6 months under exceptional circumstances.

Terms and conditions of the research support programme for individuals

The research support programme for guest groups offers a group meeting and study space for research teams. All groups specialising in contemporary art and culture that are developing a research project related to these fields in contemporary art and culture can apply for this type of residency. Groups will have the chance to stage a public activity related to the subject of their research during their residency. 

Residency periods will have a maximum duration of 10 months and places will be allocated to a maximum of 3 groups within this period.

Terms and conditions of the research support programme for groups

You must send the documentation listed to the following email address in order to apply for an individual or group residency place: psi [at] macba [dot] cat.

  • Letter of presentation that includes the proposed dates to start and end the residency period.
  • Description of project to be developed, specifying the importance of the resources held in the Study and Documentation Centre for the project (maximum 3,000 characters).
  • Academic and professional CV.

Reference letters or reports issued by artistic or academic institutions supporting the applicant will also be taken into account.

Applicant candidates will receive a reply within a maximum of 60 days from the date of receiving their application.

Individual residencies

Mireia c. Saladrigues, Behaving Unconventionally in Gallery Settings. Alteration and Strangeness in Cultural Practices as Fruitful Tension for Rearticulating Relations among Makers, Objects, Audiences, and (Virtual) Museums.

Residency period: from 01/07/2019 to 17/01/2020

The researcher and visual artist Mireia c. Saladrigues will be working on the written part of her doctoral thesis for the University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland. Behaving Unconventionally in Gallery Settings documents and supports situations of action that could change the paradigms of our relationship to art. Her research, based on artistic practice, sees cultural alteration as a consequence of social conditioning and reacts to the reduction of imaginative capital (real-virtual) by suggesting an artistic and theoretical re-reading of alteration and non-conventionality as fertile ‘tools’.

Daniel Amorós or Daniel Loves the Sodomites, Forms of self-representation. Gender and sexual dissent in photography, poetry (written and sung), performance and the artist’s book.

Residence period: 02/09 – 06/12/2019

Daniel Amorós’ research provides continuity to both his studio praxis and his artistic practice, in which he aims to critically and exhaustively dissect issues related to the concepts of gender and sexuality from the perspective of self-representation and dissent, as well as other ontological aspects of the media and languages used; such as site-specific performance, photography, video, poetry, etc. Central to his task is the desire to apply, transform and materialise the results and responses obtained in an artist's book that will dialogue his early (photographic) work and his most recent (poetic) work, as well as other narrative texts and essays.

Christina Schultz, Resonances, an experimental choir on pleasure and sexual diversity

Residence period: from 02/09 to 06/12/2019

Christina Schultz is a transdisciplinary artist, oral performer and linguistic nomad who attended the MACBA Independent Studies Programme (2017–18) and has a permanent residency at SaTorre, a minimal art space. Her research is made possible thanks to the artistic space ‘Homesession’ and the grant ‘Art for Change’ from Caixa Social, in cooperation with the Stop AIDS association. Both in theory and practice, she addresses issues related to sexual dissent and the needs of the LGTBI+ community, while the axis of her artistic proposal is the creation of an experimental choir, a vocal and corporeal group that literally gives voice and body, in a coordinated and collective way, to the choir’s own experiences. Based upon freedom and the absence of judgement, this is seen as a space for creation and collective expression where differences add up and harmonise.

Montse Morcate, The grieving project: photographic responses of contemporary creation to death and loss.

Residence period: from 02/09 to 06/12/2019

Montse Morcate’s research focuses on the analysis of the representation of disease, death and grief, using family photographs and online material, as well as drawing on the contemporary creation project, among other areas. During her residency, she aims to develop a theoretical body of work analysing the various meanings of the representation of grief in contemporary art, addressing all means of creation, but in particular works within the current photographic scene.



Group residencies 2019

Lior Zalis, Diego Posada, Ana Luiza Braga, New fascism in Latin America and the contemporary world.

Residency period: from 24/05/2019 to 22/05/2020

In the framework of this research, we will seek to create a meeting place for researchers, artists and activists, to share reflections about the recent growth of right-wing politics in Latin America and other parts of the world, using different tools and study methods in the field of artistic theory and practices. Based on specific cases, situated contexts will be reviewed to build a toolbox and a set of practices with which to address these politics. Approached from the urgency and difficulty in understanding these phenomena, this group will become a space for experimentation from the present.

Training residencies for professionals

The MACBA Study and Documentation Centre (CED) offers 3 unpaid residencies per year of between 5 and 10 working days in order to promote its work processes and methodologies, the functioning of its services and the development of its activities. The goal of these residencies is to foster ongoing training, improve professional skills, exchange knowledge and encourage collaboration with professionals working in libraries, archives, documentation centres, museums and institutions related to contemporary art.

Application for training residency places for professionals

The call for applications for training residencies is always open to active professionals. Professionals interested in applying for a training residency can write to pef [at] macba [dot] cat and send the following documentation:  

  • Letter of authorisation from the head of the institution where they work guaranteeing that they can complete the residency.
  • Letter of motivation that specifies their interest in the CED and proposed start and end dates of the requested residency period. 
  • Academic and professional CV.

Academic and professional CV. 

Rules and regulations for training residencies for professionals

I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life
Jean-Michel Basquiat