The history of TAN started long before we came here. El Telar de Prádena (Prádena’s loom) was built to become a cultural and craft space back in 1991 by the San Pablo Workshops Association together with the village Town Hall. The association, whose production and creation values were based on those of Anthroposophy, started as a weaving project following traditional methods in 1987. Gerda Kramer was the key figure behind this. They aimed at bringing learning and job opportunities to women in the village, fostering interculturality by organising exchanges with Belgian, Italian and German youngsters, offering workshops taught by international artists and holding outdoor concerts. They were awarded on several occasions for the quality of their fabric designs. However, the production ended in 2005 due to personal reasons.
Our need to create a new shared space combining art, rurality and the principles of a sustainable life, led us to fall in love with this space in 2019. We started TAN renewal respecting the inherited values while, at the same time, being aware of the need to reshape the space from reflection and our contemporary view. By doing so we created a new perspective based on the notions of a community that is alive, interdependent and connected to the Earth, where the value of ecology is essential.
From the beginning we developed several self-funding lines for TAN, being the creation of art pieces our main source of income.
Furthermore, we have held art retreats since 2021, contemporary art workshops and creativity experiences in nature.
- To generate a cultural action that inspires a new relationship with the environment so that our activity becomes more sustainable and fair.
- To bring contemporary art to the rural world.
- To build a space where to exchange knowledge.
- To create new notions about life and rural development taking contemporary art as the basis.
- To generate employment.
- To create a new model of coexistence in the rural world based on the new needs emerged from globalisation, where distance vanishes and we move towards relocation of lives, ideas and cultural forms. Art, rurality and the principles of sustainability led us to discover this space, aimed to be used as a scenario for culture, craftsmanship, agriculture, education and art.
El Telar covers a large area of 8000 m², 500 m² of which are facilities such as our own house, the chicken coop, the farming tools shed, an art atelier, a showroom and art workshops and the house where our guests stay.