What is Riu d’art?

The authentic Catalan village of Riba-roja d’Ebre sees an international exchange of contemporary art, performances and workshops as it hosts the Riu d’art Street Fest. Riu d’art (River of Art) is a village based creative residency which takes place each year.

The organisers.

The residency is organised by the local not-for-profit association, Riba Rocks. The Riba Rocks association members, along with the Riba-roja residents, welcome local, national and international practitioners to the village.

The artists.

International and local artists are shown Riba-rojan sites of historical and cultural interest to inspire their ideas and artworks.

The visiting creatives make site specific interventions in public and private spaces. These include painted murals on building facades and live performances. As well as sculptures using recycled materials, illustrations on doorways and temporary installations.

The Riu d’art Open Air Gallery.

Art can challenge us. It can make us ask questions of ourselves. It can change our opinion or confirm our ideas, beliefs and identities. Art can attract or repel us, but it always provokes a reaction.

These artworks have culminated in the Riu d’art Open Air Gallery, revitalising areas in the village. The project connects people with each other and with place – map of artworks.

We hope to bring people together. We hope to share a creative experience and to leave an artistic legacy for visitors to enjoy.

Riu d’art in Riba-roja d’Ebre
Riu d’art in Riba-roja d’Ebre
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The best way to experience the Riu d’art Open Air Gallery is with a guided tour! The Riba Rocks association members offer guided tours in either English, Catalan or Spanish. A perfect activity for all the family. (Tours are free, although a donation to the association would be greatly appreciated.)

We offer guided tours throughout the summer months. The tour is completed in two parts, a morning stroll and an evening walk. With a long lunch and siesta break in between. If you would like to book a guided tour fill in the form below.

If you are visiting Riba-roja d’Ebre and would like to stay, we can recommended accommodation. Riba Rocks can arrange lunch for you at a local bar or restaurant as part of the day tour. The tour offers you an insight into the background of each artist and the concept behind their work in Riba-roja d’Ebre.

It is a great way of seeing the beautiful, village streets and other sites along the way. You will be given your own map which indicates where each artwork can be found. You can then revisit or recommend to a friend!

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