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For many artists, Southern Spain is the perfect location to express their creative side and conjure up inspiration for a new masterpiece. With its wealth of historic buildings, beautiful, natural settings and picturesque landscapes, it’s hard not to feel artistic! Apart from the scenic side of things, the Costa del Sol in particular holds many other attractions to aspiring and established artists alike, with workshops, galleries and events being held regularly.

One major event coming up is Arte Marbella, the largest outdoor art festival in Southern Spain. This cultural event is free to the public and this year, they are welcoming submissions from local artists who wish to display their artwork at the festival from 20th-23rd June 2013! The festival Internacional de Arte Marbella will present several genres of art including painting, sculpures, photography, digital art and even Graffiti Art.  This is a great opportunity for any aspiring artists in the area to have their work displayed at a major event – closing date for applications is 30th April 2013. Visit the website to find out more about this festival and submitting your artwork –

There are several art galleries in Marbella including the Houses of Art which promotes high quality contemporary art from established and emerging artists. The Red Penguin Art Gallery holds different exhibitions every six weeks and works closely with four other major galleries in Spain. This gallery also does well to put Marbella on the cultural map with their presence at top art fairs around the world and contributions to new art magazine, Artmosphere.

For high quality art lectures, workshops and social activities there are specialist organisations such as the Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Art Society who welcome art lovers from all over the world. This is a great way to network with people who share your interests in art and culture. The Costa del Sol DFAS are also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and will be holding a spectacular event to mark the occasion!

You can find out about many more public and private art galleries on the Costa del Sol as well as various art networks, photography clubs and activities on websites like

If you are an artist in the area looking for the perfect place to base yourself, we can help you find your ideal home and with flexible long term contracts available, you will still feel free as a bird! Whether you prefer to be in the centre of the action or somewhere secluded and tranquil, we can help find the right property to enhance your creativity. Visit our website for a list of properties available for rent on the Costa del Sol.

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