TEJA. The Network of Cultural Spaces in Support of Emergency Situations

Visita de la Brigada de Observación Feminista al asentamiento de temporeros de Palos de la Frontera, 2021. Fotografía: Cristina Pérez Ruiz
Encounter between TEJA resident artists, Motasem Siam and Lara Salous, and researchers from Connective Tissue, the Museo Reina Sofía’s Study Programme, in Nave Oporto, Madrid, in February 2024. Photograph: Sara Buraya Boned

TEJA is an international culture network which supports artists and culture professionals in emergency situations. It came into being in 2022 as a response from Madrid’s art scene and independent spaces to the emergency sparked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. From that point onwards, TEJA has sought to broaden its action towards other contexts of crisis and to establish itself as a long-lasting project. The network is currently made up of a total of seventeen institutions, both public and private, and independent organisations from the culture sector, including the Museo Reina Sofía.

As a network, TEJA sets up spaces of dialogue and guarantees freedom of expression through a series of activities, as well as offering specific support via a programme of residencies for artists and culture workers hailing from different areas at war, for instance Ukraine, Belarus, Palestine and Iraq, to ensure that these people can continue their creative projects in Spain and to form international collaborations.  

A call for ten artist’s residencies for a period of three to twelve months and an interdisciplinary programme of activities to be held in the Museo forms the backbone of TEJA’s activity in 2024.

Independent organisations

Atelier Solar (Madrid) 
Espositivo (Madrid) 
hablarenarte / Planta Alta (Madrid) 
Institute for Postnatural Studies 
Mala Fama Estudios (Madrid) 
Moving Artists (Bilbao) 
Nave Oporto (Madrid) 
Paisanaje (Madrid) 
Proyecto Celesta (Madrid) 
Proyecto Tadafuq (Madrid) 


Casa Árabe (Madrid) 
Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) 
Hangar (Barcelona) 
La Escocesa (Barcelona) 
La Casa Encendida - Fundación Montemadrid (Madrid) 
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona) 
Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid) 


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