Metàfora is an international art school situated in an old factory building in the centre of Barcelona, capital of the Catalan region in Spain, on the northeast Mediterranean coast. Metàfora offers a full-time studio-arts course taught in English called "The International Workshop". Students come from all over the world for 5 weeks to 2 years, with an average of 25-30 students each year.
Barcelona is a small but famous city with a mix of tradition and contemporary culture that attract students and professionals from all over the world. It has a metropolitan presence and the city is growing fast to accommodate the changes which modern life requires. The sea and mountains makes it a breathing space for people with different concerns and agendas, an oasis of sun and tourism, and at the same time a place for alternative happenings, underground movements and intellectual events.
Barcelona is the home of a number of important art institutions, and Metàfora adds its grain of salt to a general impression of a European meeting-point for international art-students and artists. It is our intention to give our students an experience, where the city itself and the contacts made between students and collaborators of Metàfora will become a lifelong reference.
We offer a wide range of modern facilities for our students. Audio-visual equipment is available to the students for presentations. Computers with internet connections are also available and the entire premises are equipped with Wi-Fi for students who wish to bring their own laptops.
All students on the Intenational Workshop have their own individual studio-space. This space is seen as a personal refuge thoughout the course. The space is "anarchic" by nature and students are invited to make their spaces personal and comfortable.
All the studios are equipped with basic furniture and studio easels. There are several spaces for additional use; the Big Hall, “Aula 4”,and the “Greenhouse”. In these spaces students can work on a big scale, in darkness or on temporary installation projects.
Among the practical facilities is a tool-room equipped with arc-welders and tools for basic carpentry with an out-door working space, a dark-room, studio lights and backdrops, basic screen-printing facilities, desktop computers, etc.
Students can sign out equipment (tripods, cameras, projectors, lights etc.) and book extra space for specific projects (installation, photo-shoots, etc).There is a small kitchen area by the main courtyard, and students are welcome to have their lunch at school.