Estudio Nómada is a studio based art academy. Creative people with various backgrounds and objectives join the academy, from aspiring or starting artists to doctors, from designers to architects to engineers, always joined by an interest to find the path that includes and embraces their creativity.
In the new gallery district that is taking shape around Trafalgar street you will get a studio space with 24X7 access where you can work on your own art projects in an immersive learning environment. You will be given the freedom and support to find, understand and develop your ideas in a hands on true to reality artistic environment. Every day you will follow classes by one of our artists and a personal mentor will have a weekly tutorial with you to optimize your artistic growth.
With your own key you can access the studio and work on your projects whenever you want. The workshops that are given during the week serve to open doors to later pursue in your art practice or to be inspired by one of our teachers. The workshops are shaped by the ideas and methodology of each teacher, to inspire, educate and lead by example.
The work that you produce will be reviewed regularly and can be submitted in one of the exhibitions we organize in the exhibition space. This is a great opportunity to take the experiments taking place in your workspace to another more finished level. Showing your work to a larger audience will enhance you process since you will receive response on your work from many different angles. The exhibitions are key elements in the functioning of the academy as they push you forward and enable you to complete the creative cycle from idea to a finished piece of art.
In the academy all is focused on the production of art. On Trafalgar street 55, the street dividing the modernistic Eixample and the popular ancient Borne, you will have your own studio space in our studio building. The total surface of the building 560 m2, divided in exhibition space (100m2) and studios (460m2) where you will work amongst a maximum of 20 nomads. You will get your own key to the space, so you can work on your art whenever you feel like it.
The studio is 50 meters away from the Arc de Triomf which lies next to the big city park Ciutadella. It is a great popular downtown area where you can easily be inspired and where you are close to supplies, art galleries, museums and everything Barcelona has to offer.
Next to managing Estudio Nómada Dutch linguist, former journalist and captain Arnout gives individual classes in formulating about art to empower students to present themselves better to galleries, art schools, art events, etc. He is a great fan and collector of (art) documentaries that we offer to our artists. The many exhibitions taking place in our gallery are curated and installed by Arnout, who is also the founding father of the school.
U.B. Morgan - 3D & Mentor
Visual artist U.B. Morgan has been working as an independent artist for many years. His work varies from film making and installations to sculpture. Trash culture, mass production, the position of religion in society, death and reliquaries are central inspirations in his work. His guidance is focused around his knowledge about art and his diverse skills in material use and sculpture making.
Darragh Casey is an Irish designer, maker and artist. After developing a practice as an artist and educator he moved to Barcelona to work for Estudio Nómada.
Darragh's work seeks ways of challenging our habits, norms and routines. He works in a variety of materials like wood, metal and ceramics and is passionate about blurring the links between art, craft and design disciplines. At Estudio Nómada, he gives 'Inspiration' classes, which help students to better understand themselves as a creative and broaden their understanding of artists and creative practices.
Monique is a visual artist and writer exploring using different media with a special focus on photography, video, text and performance. She likes to work site-specific and to incorporate the elements of time and space in her work. Her nomadic artist life brought her to many places. She ran an art organization in the Netherlands and founded an Artist Residency in Norway before she moved to Barcelona.
As a teacher and mentor she focuses on a mix of serious and playful research to make you curious about new and different ways of expressing yourself. She shares her knowledge about different media, other fields like science and philosophy and her experience of “how to live and prosper as an artist”.
Aya is a multimedia artist graduated from Bezalel Academy of art and design in Jerusalem and specialized in painting and etching in the Academia di Belle Arti of Rome. Since 2006 she works as an independent artist, focusing on painting in the beginning and later on expending her experience also to performance, video and installations.
Her work deals with different ranges of themes such as: immigration and land, collective identity, mass culture and more. In Estudio Nomada Aya Focuses on painting and drawing skills in the vast sense, while guiding the students in how to find their own concepts and artistic language.
Iris Tonies - Installations & Ceramics & Printing & drawing
After graduating from Art school in Utrecht (the Netherlands) she sailed with her live-a-board sailing ship to Barcelona where she founded Estudio Nómada for traveling artists and students in 2008. Her sculptures and drawings has been shown in various museums and exhibitions in Barcelona and the Netherlands. She gives individual critiques to develop and deepen the artistic process. With her varied skillset and knowledge in arts and crafts she takes students along on an investigation to personal fascinations and interests.
The art programs at Estudio Nómada are intense, exciting and a good way to develop your creative skills and determine which role art plays in your life. Our Nomads generally are: