Artists in Residence

OCTOBER 2019 – MAY 2020

Cafe Tissardmine offers up to 8 artists a month long residency  with no specific outcome required. There are opportunities to work with the children in the village and engage in village life but this is not a condition of acceptance.

There are many demands put on artists and so our intention at Cafe Tissardmine is to provide a space for the artist to get re-inspired and to just breathe. The most important information we need is the reason you feel the desert is the right place for you to be. We need to get an understanding from you that you understand how isolated we are. We have access to internet but not on a regular basis and it requires some effort to get it. It is beautiful here and silent. It does not have everything “on tap” so you need to be inventive and resourceful (with some help from us).

Application information

To apply send us your CV, short biography, examples of your work and most importantly a statement no longer than one A4 page about why you want to come to Cafe Tissardmine and what you hope to achieve from your time here.

Selection process

Selection by the director is primarily based not on your art but the reasons you wish to come here and your understanding of the place you are coming to. Priority is given to those artists who commit to the full month. We try to be prompt with replying – and sometimes more dialogue is required before we can accept your application. The process is personal, it takes time but we try to accept within the month.1898711_10202187109984495_8124816022201560327_o


SEPTEMBER 19 – 23 This is part of a longer art tour, for more information go to

SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 04 DESERT MUSIC JAM. independently curated. CONTACT Sandy Devers for more details

OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 16 SELF DIRECTED RESIDENCY, open to all disciplines

NOVEMBER 20 –  DECEMBER 17 SELF DIRECTED RESIDENCY, open to all disciplines

JANUARY 03 – 31 SELF DIRECTED RESIDENCY, open to all disciplines

FEBRUARY 15 – 24: writing retreat with LINDA CRACKNELL , open to writers of all genres 

MARCH 01 – 15: writing retreat with JAN CORNALL open to writers of all genres 

MARCH 24 – APRIL 20 SELF DIRECTED RESIDENCY open to all disciplines




The fee includes

  • all meals with water
  • your own room with linen, towels, shampoo and soap,
  • shared use of studio,
  • a sunset trip to the giant dune of Erg Chebbi (this may seem like a touristy thing to do but is essential to experience!)
  • all the help and advice we can give you to make the most out of your time with us.
  • pickup and return Erfoud/Tissardmine on arrival and departure. Erfoud is the town you would catch the bus to from either Fes (overnight) or Marrakech (daytime) we are located about 30km from Erfoud. The transfers are included on the proviso that you arrive and leave on the dates advertised for the residency, otherwise there will be a charge of 350Dh for each transfer.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in advance of your stay.

please note that due to lack of internet I cannot answer enquiries quickly so bear with me! If your email goes without reply for a week then please resend…

Disciplines supported and technical information

We accept applications from all disciplines. Our supplies are limited however. We run on solar power so occasionally we are short of electricity and ask that all equipment is only charged in the day time. We have provision to show films (projector and primitive screen) but you need to provide your own computer. Generally we ask artists to bring all their supplies with them as even good quality paper is hard to find locally.

Not all practices are practical out here – for example it is not a place for internet based research. It is a place to recharge and inspire.

Water: We have hot water in the house and the guest rooms provided by solar power. The camp has en- suite bathrooms with hot water via a boiler that heats water by fire. Wood is scarce, so we light the fire once a day so the sooner you shower once it is hot the hotter it will be! Water is also scarce so we ask that you keep the showers short.

Phone and internet: We have mobile phone connection at Tissardmine but no internet connection. Your stay with us can be a rare opportunity to escape the constant connectivity of the modern world! However, for emergencies and/or longer stays, it is possible to access the internet in the nearby towns of Erfoud or Rissani, about 30kms from Café Tissardmine.

Laundry: Small loads of laundry can be washed by hand – we can provide you with tubs, soap and a kettle of hot water mushi mushkil! (No problem!) For longer stays, large items can be sent in to the laundry in Rissani (25kms from Tissardmine).


Accommodation is a single room with own bathroom. All meals are provided. Excursions and vehicle with driver are available for an extra cost.

Studio/ workspace

We have two separate studios (3.5m x 3.5m white boxes) with courtyards which are shared between the artists. Not all artists require a studio and we have plenty of quiet spaces and places in which to work.


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