Mar Arza IN RESiDENCE at the School Narcís Monturiol

Mar Arza (Castelló de la Plana, 1976) is torn between literature and visual arts, in a dreamworld where writing merges with sculpture. She reflects on language and turns it into a malleable raw material taken directly from books, which are her source of inspiration and research, far beyond their rigid folding format. Her artistic training is developed in schools, with teachers from Valencia, Pittsburgh, Winchester, Florence and Barcelona.

In her professional career, she regularly collaborates with art galleries and printing houses and she is getting gradually involved with teaching and education.

Biography written in 2010

School Narcís Monturiol

The high-school Narcís Monturiol wishes to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saint George’s literary contest in a very special way, by getting involved in the project ‘Creators IN RESIDENCE at high-schools in Barcelona’ so that the artist Mar Arza will be working with the group of 28 students aged 16 years old that are taking the subject Visual and Plastic Arts. This project is also made available to the rest of 16-year-old students and to the rest of classes. Besides Visual and Plastic Arts Department, other learning areas are also involved: Music, Catalan language, Spanish language, Classical language, English language, Computer Sciences and History.

“We are hopeful and eager with this project and we believe that this experience, working at the school in collaboration with an artist of plastic arts, is a good access to a world of new discoveries and a challenge for our future work”.


The Institut Narcís Monturiol (Montbau, Horta-Guinardó), situated at the foot of the Collserola chain of mountains, celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 2018-2019 academic year. Its commitment to the territory and to literary creation is especially evident in the Sant Jordi Literary Competition – the 36th edition of which was held in 2016, making it one of the oldest in Catalonia – which is open to primary and secondary schools in the district. 

Introduction written the year 2018


Students of 4th of ESO:
Ariadna Artola, Rubén Bravo, Ferran Castillo, Alex Cóndor, Alicia De Abajo, Carla Escudero, Maria Esteve, Ada González, Anna González, Alba Guilera, Judith Llevot, Daniela López, Toni López, Núria Mallofré, Laura Malo, Zoila Miguel, Camilo Mina, Ariel Moreno, Iván Outumuro, David Paniora, Adrià Redolad, Kimberly Reyes, Jardiel Rodellas, Asier Sánchez, Ester Sánchez, Sònia Santos, Mateo Sesma, Laia Sunyer and Jose Vaca.

Estefania Figueras (visual and plastic), with the collaboration of Félix Barrio (technology), Rosana Berenguer (it), Isabel Ribera (music), Lluïsa Soaz (català language) and Octavi Ruiz (visual and plastic).

Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium