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.

Matadero 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 industrial legacy.

Matadero 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 processes.
7. Awake public interest for culture and create a new artistic audience.

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 projects.

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

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