Yes it has been a tough year. Yet, in spite of the restrictions, we have tried to keep in touch as a group with online meetings, so the conversation never stopped.
We also had a change of leadership. Emma Plunkett, with whom we achieved many notable exhibitions, moved to Barcelona and a new president, Gareth Lister, stepped in to carry on the great work.
Now it’s time to move forward!
The good news starts with the fact that we are now an official national association. But that’s just the beginning because:
A big idea has emerged. An idea has now turned into a plan which is happening. After months of meetings and hard work we can announce
Introducing La Fabrica: a new cultural hub in the Alpujarras for artists, musicians, dancers, actors, all kinds of performers and friends.
Located in Lanjarón, the door to the Alpujarras, the Gallego olive oil mill closed many years ago and has a history stretching back centuries.
This is the unique setting for La Fabrica, a fantastic opportunity to ‘spread our wings.’
We do not believe visual art exists in a vacuum. All of the arts can share and benefit from each other. So we are opening up ANA in this time when most of cultural life of the region has closed down.
La Fabrica will be a space that can provide endless possibilities for exhibitions and live performance, concerts, dance and theatre, workshops, education. There will be a modest café bar. It will be a place to meet and socialize with like-minded friends.
La Fabrica is situated on one of Lanjaron’s most historic streets, Calle Hondillo, with ample parking nearby on the main road.
A not-for-profit cultural hub run by artists and performers for artists, performers and their friends.
Phase one opening in early March
Right now work is going on to have Phase One open in early March. We are starting with the entrance area, which will be spacious enough for regularly changing exhibitions. And there will be a café bar and indoor garden, somewhere to sit and relax and chat with friends. A truly unique atmosphere.
Phase Two is the main hall. Everywhere traces of an industrial past. A massive space with the potential for a stage, larger exhibitions and more.
We need your support. We want you to join in and help this project grow.
A lot of physical work is needed to transform La Fabrica into a usable space. This is already happening on a voluntary basis and we need even more volunteers to join our team.
The building has been sitting quietly for many years unused and decaying, so this is an ambitious project. We need to find funding for essential infrastructure and upkeep.
What do you think? Would you like to take part? Anyone can become a member.
La Fabrica will be a space for members. There will be several types of membership:
Artist and performance (the full membership giving the opportunity to exhibit and perform. This requires an application process).
Associate (for friends and family), open to everyone.
Temporary (one-time for exhibitions and performances).
La Fabrica will require financial as well as physical help. We will be seeking donations from both private individuals, local and national funding and corporate sources.
La Fabrica is destined to be one of the most vibrant, active and influential cultural hubs in the Alpujarras.
We welcome you, join in!