Bilbao Arte is an artistic production centre belonging to the Culture Department of the Bilbao City Council. It provides young creators with the means and infrastructures required to develop their artistic ideas, such as the availability of studio spaces, engraving and silkscreening workshops, digital imaging, sculpture, photography, a film set, documentation centre and projection rooms.
Since it opened in 1998, it has been focused on the development of the following programmes and activities:
- Grants for the development of artistic projects.
- Courses, seminars and conferences involving consolidated and
prestigious international creators.
- Exhibitions by young creators and open days.
- Artist exchanges with other artistic centres.
- Exhibitions of artistic proposals in various European countries.
- Artistic advice for the development of institutional projects.
The main aim of Bilbao Arte is to provide outstanding professionalisation of young creators, thus achieving high technical levels and making available modern infrastructures for artistic practices within the art community.
The centre therefore offers ideal working conditions for young artists to be able to develop their creative work with all the means necessary for modern artistic practice. In short, it is a creation space for art.
In terms of its infrastructures, Bilbao Arte has a usable surface area of approximately 3,500 m2, divided into four floors, as well as a loading and unloading area and the following facilities:
- Exhibition room equipped for any artistic intervention, from the most classic proposals to the setting up of installations, projections, performances, etc.
- 12 studio spaces that are lent out for the development of artistic projects.
- Photography, sculpture, printing, silkscreening and new technology
workshops, as well as a film set, etc. These workshops are provided with
all the equipment and facilities needed for artistic practice. They also have specialised personnel in charge of providing information for users and guaranteeing the correct use of the infrastructures.
- Conference room.
- Rooms for the carrying out of projects.
- Library/cafeteria, including a constantly updated magazine collection and numerous publications and catalogues dealing with various artistic disciplines. Library users can use the Internet, watch videos, consult the daily press and find information about competitions, grants and other artistic or cultural activities both nationally and internationally.