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Art School in Barcelona

International Workshop, a full-time studio arts course

The International Workshop is Metàfora’s unique art program, founded in 1999 in Barcelona, Spain.
Students get their own studio-space in an old industrial warehouse and are offered total immersion in art and culture in Barcelona though studio-visits and taking part in gallery exhibitions. The art school is housed in an old factory building and attracts artists and art-students from all over the world.


… Working with people from all over the world is probably the greatest aspect of Metàfora. The connections you build with the peers are not only beneficial for the development of your practice, but also for your individual growth …

Fatema Abdoolkarim, 2019-2010

… My stay at Metàfora has changed my life. I came here with knowledge of my painting-skills, but here I became an artist.I feel that I found my artistic language and know what kind of artist I want to be.  …

Lena Trydal, Spring 2014

 … The international workshop gives you a safe but also critical framework in which to explore your work conceptually. Compared to the large institutions Metàfora gives you a “edgier vibe”, where creativity and ingenuity are key to success ...

Paul Chisholm, 2010-2011