Field Visits Camino 5
Is a former
slaughterhouse in the Arganzuela district of Madrid, which has been
converted to an arts centre.
Matadero’s commitment to diversity is also reflected through its model
of institutional cooperation between the private and the public sector. Matadero Madrid is a project promoted by
Madrid City Council’s Department of
the Arts and managed by the Directorate
General for Cultural Projects through Matadero Madrid’s coordination team,
in collaboration with other public and private organizations.
Madrid has taken up the challenge of combining restoration work with cultural
activity and public access in a commitment to involving the public in its
development. This commitment has been maintained and expanded, while hewing to
the main lines of the project, including artistic production and
experimentation, dissemination and exhibition and training and research.
Matadero Madrid undertakes this work with the respect for the inherited
Madrid’s mission is to promote creation in all its forms and expressions. With
special attention to cross-sectorial propositions, it focuses on three main
action areas: training, production and dissemination.
Matadero Madrid is a living and changing
space at the service of creative processes, participatory artistic formation
and dialogue between the arts. It developed from its will to contribute to a
reflection about contemporary sociocultural environment, as well as from its
vocation to help the cultural construction of today and tomorrow.
A special part of Matadero’s mission is to
stimulate contemporary creation, taking on an approach which not only is
multidisciplinary, but also aims to surpass boundaries between the arts. All
forms of artistic expression are considered: performing arts, cinema,
music, design, architecture, urban and landscape planning.
Matadero Madrid and its institutional
partners promote the formation not only of artists but also of its audience. It
encourages the production of artistic work and the diffusion of local culture
at both national and international levels. These three fundamental lines of
action express themselves through a series of aims such as:
1. Stimulate creation through open calls, as
well as facilitate artists’ access to necessary resources.
2. Give special attention to the diffusion of artists’
work, based in the city of Madrid.
3. Become a center of encounter between cultural
professionals, artists and the audience.
4. Promote the production of new artistic work by both
local and international artists.
5. Contextualize artistic creation in its time and
relate it to other public spheres.
6. Promote reflection on cultural construction
7. Awake public interest for culture and create a new
8. Become a central venue for the Madrid’s main events
and important international events linked to contemporary creation.
9. Establish a national and international
collaboration network between similar spaces in order to initiate common
10. Promote the organization of common activities
between all institutions within the Matadero project.
Since the promotion of
contemporary creation is an essential part of Matadero Madrid, a variety of
projects has been initiated to help artists