Two residency programmes are running this Autumn/Winter, in partnership with the cultural retreat centre Café Tissardmine, on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

Attending artists who wished to develop their skills and understanding of moving image practice undertook a partially structured residency experience aimed at stimulating new ways of thinking and experimentation in practice.

Residency 1: 15 October – 08 November 2017

Photo: Aaron Zeghers

Narda Dalgleish
Jessie Growden
Laura Hindmarsh
Lin Li
Jon Ratigan
Aaron Zeghers

Residency 2: 15 November – 09 December 2017

Frank Brown

Jane Houston Green

About the residencies

The magnificent desert landscape surrounding Café Tissardmine, situated on the edge of a remote village in the Moroccan Sahara, offers an excellent environment for reflective practice. Its dry, minimal and endlessly extensive landscape hides a deceptive complexity and is often penetratingly silent. Closely integrated with the fascinating local Berber culture, the centre is close to the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara. The pervading qualities of light and shadow are truly remarkable.

The residencies and workshops were led by the Creative Director of Alchemy Film & Arts, Dr Richard Ashrowan, a Scotland based curator and filmmaker. Richard has directed seven editions of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Scotland and is also the curator of Scotland’s national presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

About Café Tissardmine
Cafe Tissardmine is a cultural retreat in the Moroccan Sahara, a place of tranquility, inspiration, and discovery. Situated in Morocco at the edge of Erg Chebbi, one of the largest sand dunes in the Sahara, Café Tissardmine provides a creative oasis for artists and travellers amongst the desert’s beauty, grandeur and stillness and the culture of the indigenous Berber people. It was created by Australian artist, Karen Hadfield, and local Berber Youssef Bouchedor.

For more on Café Tissardmine, its environment and accommodation, see: