There are two ways to be a LEA artist:
Stays are the most common format in LEA. In this modality the artists share the entire work space, without assigned areas, each one uses the space they need according to the specific needs of each moment. Stays have a minimum duration of 6 months and are reviewed annually if extended. The artists in residence choose 4 weekly shifts from the twelve available (each shift lasts 6 hours: 9:00-15:00 and 15:00-21:00, Monday to Saturday), thus generating a continuous movement of artists through the space.
Full time residencies are a classic format for artists who do not live in Madrid and need intensive work hours. For periods of 3 months LEA offers a full own work and storage space of about 15sqm. The full time artist in residency will have the same advantages as an artist in stay, but with a full schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. The full time area and the shared laboratory of the artists in stay are united to promote dialogue and synergies.


Both the stays and the full time residencies, have the objective of promoting research in visual arts and the professional growth of their artists, sheltered by a community specialized in contemporary art. LEA provides its artists with a 200sqm space fully equipped for the realization of different disciplines, a gallery room for experimentation in exhibition setup, a space for photographing art work and a library specialized in current art. On the other hand, it generates a network of national and international collaborations, which enables the expansion of the work carried out within a program of exhibitions in galleries and museums, talks with professionals, analysis sessions and artistic clinics. Our artists also have a patronage program aimed at finding people who, interested in their research, fully or partially cover the extensions of their stays in the laboratory. To access LEA, a dossier of completed work and an experimentation project will be required, consisting of an action/research proposal that poses a challenge in the artist's production.


To strengthen the work that LEA does for the interaction, the consolidation of links and the professional growth, we created a complete program of exclusive activities for our artists: playful activities to build community, talks with personalities from the world of culture, portfolio samples for professionals and meetings with patrons and collectors. During you stay or residency, you can request tutoring sessions to analyze the work done or the ideas you intend to carry out, advice on the preparation of dossiers, budgets, texts and statements... We also promote projects exhibitions in different LEA collaborating spaces, including renowned galleries and museums. We propose annually a group exhibition in an international gallery (the exhibitions will have a curation of pieces/artists and only artists who are doing a stay/residency at the time of the exhibition will be eligible). In addition, an LEA catalog will be produced annually that will be distributed free of charge among artists, patrons, collaborating spaces, galleries, institutions and LEA friends.


- Labs

The laboratories are the workspace where the artists carry out their works. The laboratories have a total area of ​​110sqm to share, in each shift, with a maximum of 10 artists. They are divided into a clean area and a dirty or tool area. They have natural overhead and diffuse light (it does not generate shadows or reflections), a height of 6 meters, a large sink for washing brushes, bathrooms with showers, a storage area for each artist, lockers and are equipped with the following furniture and tools:
Large 150x150 tables with smooth surface
Easels of different heights
Simple trestle tables, chairs and stools adjustable in height
Continuous paper dispenser with guillotine
Carpenter benches with screw
Telescopic Disc Miter Saw
Bench grinder with two discs
Iron table and inverter welder
Ribbon Iron Cutting Machine
Industrial vacuum cleaner
Mechanical hand tools such as radials and jigsaws
Small tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, meters, files, rasps...

- Exhibition room

LEA´s exhibition room is a beautiful rectangular space with 3.4m high white walls, a polished concrete floor and a glass front with natural light. Includes Wi-Fi, two adjustable lighting circuits (monorail spotlights and neutral led tube), hangers around the perimeter and a ceiling projector with 3 meters of 16: 9 projection width and connection via HDMI from table, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. In this space, the LEA artist will be able to test his exhibition montages before presenting them to a gallery or take photographs of his pieces in a professional setting. LEA artists will be able to perform in this space an open studio.

- Library

One of the most pampered areas of LEA is the library, with contemporary art books divided into: photography, video art and digital art, painting, drawing and engraving, sculpture, performance and installation. And each of these is also classified into monographs, group catalogs, essays, artist's books or others. The library is nourished by donations from museums, foundations and private contributions who support this archive of knowledge. It is especially valuable for LEA artists who can use it as a source of inspiration and reference.

- Living / Meeting Room

Adjacent to the showroom there is an industrial style living room with raw concrete pillars, walls and floors. This space is designed for social life among LEA artists or between them and patrons, gallery owners, curators... In short, itis a cozy space to chat, read or take a break from work. It also has a kitchenette with a fridge, coffee maker and microwaves.

LEA is adapted for people with reduced mobility.


Within the laboratory area there is a space, of about 15sqm, for exclusive use of the artist who requests the full time residency format. This space has two clean walls, a shelving area, a window, its own light and furniture. In this area the artist will be able to create and store in a full schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday, until the end of his/her residency.


>> The total price for the 6 months of stay, with 4 weekly shifts, is €1000 + taxes.
>> The total price for the 3 months of full time residency is €1,500 + taxes.


Aware of the difficulties faced by emerging artists, LEA provides a series of grants and discounts to artists who want to be part of the LEA community. For artists under 35 years old who request access to LEA (without the support of collaborations, scholarships or external aid) LEA will establish discounts of: 40% on the total price of stays, 10% on the total price of full time residencies. In addition, artists who are already part of LEA will be offered to participate in the patronage program to find people who will cover the fee for their subsequent stays at LEA in exchange for donating one of the pieces they have made at LEA. On the other hand, if an artist would like to request external aid to cover the price of the stay/residency, LEA will provide assistance with the issuance of the necessary documents to obtain it, but will never request them directly on behalf of the artist.


Artists who want to be part of LEA must submit an application with a dossier of work done and an experimentation project to pass a prior selection for admission. This request must contain:
Artist information: name and surname, artistic name if any, place of birth, place of residence, ID or residence card, telephone, email, website if available and Instagram if available.
Brief cover letter and motivation.
Images of works made with explanation if needed.
Experimental project: approach that is desired to be carried out in LEA, which represents a challenge for the artist or a difference with respect to their general artistic routine.

All this information must appear, clearly and in the order specified here, in a single PDF file and sent by email indicating if it applies for stay or full time residence.

If the request is accepted, the artist will choose the period and the shifts, according to the availability of the space. The minimum period of stay is 6 months and the maximum period is 1 year, after which the selection process will be repeated again. The fee will be paid in a single semi-annual payment at the beginning, together with a deposit of € 300 that will be returned once the stay is completed. At the beginning of the stay, the artist will be given a document to sign with rights and duties, standards of conduct to guarantee good coexistence among all LEA artists and the health and safety conditions that must be met in the space.
Duration 6 months 3 months
Schedule 4 shifts/week Full time
Lab area Shared area Own area
Extras ----- Solo exhibition
Precio 1000€+21%taxes 1500€+21%taxes
Discounts <35: -40% <35: -10%