ARRC is a study collective formed by Pau Cata, Morag Iles, Miriam La Rosa, Patricia Healy McMeans, and Angela Serino.

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Pau Catà


Pau is an artist, curator and researcher based in Barcelona. He is the initiator of CeRCCa – Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles, an art residency loacted in Llorenç del Penedes (Catalonia). Since 2017 he is also the co-coordinator of NACMM - North Africa Cultural Mobility Map and Platform Harakat.

His artistic and research practice centres on epistemic diversity, inventive methods, nomadology, chronodiversity and the power to challenge hegemony through semi-fictional micro-narratives. His practice, often collaborating amongst groups and networks (such as Tandem Shaml, SouthMed CV and Reshape), seeks connections between vernacular and intellectual histories focusing on mediterranean socio-cultural landscapes. His work has been part of several exhibitions in London, Barcelona, Marrakech, Istanbul and Alexandria and published in peer-reviewed journals such as Artnodes, re-visiones as well as Station to station, SCCA and TCE.

He has recently been awarded a practice led PhD in Art by the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral research is structured in two parts: the dissertation ‘Moving knowledge(s): Towards an Speculative Arab Art Residency Proto-history’ and the visual mediascape ‘An event without its poem is an event that never happened’

Morag Iles


Morag (she/her) is a producer and project manager specialising in contemporary performance practice and visual art in the heritage context. Companies and artists she has worked with include: Unfolding Theatre, Arts&Heritage, Lizzie Klotz, Toby Peach, Coney and The Empty Space.

She is currently conducting a PhD at University of Glasgow in collaboration with three residency organisations based in Scotland: Bothy Project, Cove Park and The Work Room. Her research documents the value of residency opportunities from the position of the artist, reflecting on the role of residencies in an artist’s practice, work, and livelihood, as well as interrogating the notion of ‘residency’ as a concept.

In addition to completing her PhD, Morag is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate for Newcastle University and Vindolanda Trust, an archeological site located within the boundaries of the Hadrian’s Wall Frontiers of the Roman Empire UNESCO World Heritage Site. In her role, Morag is supporting the Vindolanda Trust and Hadrian's Wall Partnership to diversify its audiences by developing a contemporary art strategy.

Morag is based in Newcastle, England and works across the UK.

Miriam La Rosa


Miriam is a Sicily-born and Naarm/Melbourne-based curator, researcher and award-winning writer, with over ten years of experience working in the art field. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne that investigates the ontology of art residencies, exploring notions of gift-exchange and host-guest relationships in cross-cultural projects. As part of this research trajectory, in 2019, she co-curated an exchange residency, including exhibitions and a public program of events, between Sicily (Italy), Gippsland and Peppimenarti (Australia) and, in 2020, she hosted a digital exchange for the Marrgu Residency Program, an Indigenous-led initiative of Durrmu Arts.

She is Project Coordinator and Research Lead at Agency: an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-governed, non-profit organisation that works as a catalyst to celebrate and promote Indigenous-led initiatives in the arts, cultural and environmental sector. She is a sessional tutor at the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Fellow at the Centre of Visual Arts (CoVA) and Treasurer of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Australia. She has contributed to projects at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Her work has been published in curatorial and academic journals including OnCurating, Spunti e Ricerche and OBOE Journal and in the art criticism platform MeMO Review.

Patricia Healy McMeans


Patricia is an artist, researcher and co-producer of projects taking the form of artists’ residencies, social sculptures, sound and participatory printed matter. Her work investigates how radical hospitality and slow immersion within the artist-led social studio leads to residential learning and new practice. Since 2012, she’s run iterative experimental artists’ residency events in her two homebases, Minneapolis and Edinburgh (UK), for international sets of emerging artists called Ten Chances Art Res.

She has conducted these itinerant experiments trans-nationally, most recently in Edinburgh and other regions of Scotland, Galway, Helsinki, New York City, Boston, as well as Minneapolis and North Branch, MN. Her co-producing endeavours include five culminating events from 10XArtRes iterations (2012-2016), and is affiliated with the Number Shop, the Fruitmarket Gallery, Bargain Spot, Embassy Annuale, Cove Park Residency, Hospitalfield Arts, formerly Soap Factory (Mpls), Art Shanty Projects and Night Owl Farm. Recently, she’s joined a cohort of artist-builders in a self-designed dwelling project called Moveable Feast Bothy, occuying sites in and around Edinburgh.

She has taught college art courses on a ship for Semester at Sea, leading field practicuums in Cadiz and Istanbul, and also on land at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2007 to present. She holds an MFA in Sculpture and Combined Media from the University of Minnesota, and has recently earned her practice-led PhD in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art, studying Lived Residencies, Experiential Learning and Thick Geographies: How Artists Produce Knowledge(s) in the Social Studio. Primarily identifying as an artist, her strategies continue to place the artist first and give them room to move. 

Angela Serino


Angela is a curator, writer and permaculture student based in Amsterdam.

She has worked with the format of artists' residencies for several years in various roles – as curator of temporary residency projects (RedLight Art Amsterdam), member of the artistic committee of Kunsthuis SYB (a remote residency in Friesland), and being a curator in residency in international programs such as IFP, Beijing, BAR, Barcelona and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen a.o.. She curated ‘Residencies as Learning Environments’, the International Meeting for Artists-in-Residencies initiated by FARE/AIR, the Italian network of artist residencies in Milan (2015), and wrote on residencies and time for Kunstlicht (Unpacking residencies, 2018) and DutchCulture | TransArtists (Station to Station #4, 2022).

As a curator she is interested in individual and collective moments of research, self-reflection and learning around residencies programs. Currently, she is working on her archive as a way to retrace and discuss ideas of time and care.