25th November – 16th December, Wednesday to Saturdays, 7–10pm

Acompalia Artistica

An exhibition of 50 local and international contemporary fine artists in one colossal and stunning venue. This is the 3rd exhibition I have organised in my capacity as Acompalia Artistica leader. This show is to fundraise and bring awareness to Acompalia hospice charity, who I have been volunteering for since 2012. Artists donate a minimum of 10% of all sales to Acompalia.


You are invited to the opening night of this amazing group art exhibition in the magnificent setting of Museo Industrial de Azúcar Ntra Sra del Pilar, Motril, the sugar factory near Alcampo. The opening night is taking on a life of it’s own, with aerial performers, edible art giveaways, live music and live painting. Every Saturday night, for the duration of the show, there will also be live music.

The Venue

The interior of the beautifully reformed 19th century Sugar factory.

Large scale artworks will rub shoulders with industrial machinery, in an exhibition that makes the most of the spectacular interior. Set over two floors in the impressively refurbished 19th century sugar factory, there is wheel chair access and a lift to the first floor. You will be able to experience thought provoking paintings, sculpture, artistic photography and mesmerising installations.

The Orchestrating of This Exhibition

The only reason I knew I could pull off this exhibition is because I have been exhibiting closely with a team of artists for the last year and a half. ANA, (Artists’ Network Alpujarra) and I know I can rely on them. All the work undertaken on this project has been voluntary. I have been beavering away organising this exhibition along with my husband Jan, for a few months now. It is probably the largest collection of artists in the area and definitely the biggest live event project I have sunk my teeth into, so far.

I found the space whilst searching for an artist on the internet and I was like, “Way hey, hang on a minute, where is this?” It took a while to track it down and gain access but with Acompalia leading the way, opening doors for me, all was made possible. I chose the space because it is such a stunning setting to show off the cream of creative local and international talent.

Thank You to:

All the inspired artists for covering the costs, making the donation to Acompalia and delivering their art.
Acompalia committee for being behind me every step of the way. Especially the president, Francesca Rajewski and Secretary, Mabel Tarragona.
The town hall of Motril for providing the venue and technical support.
Alberto Martinez, counsellor for culture, for giving us the go ahead.
planXdesign for developing and designing the website, brochure and all printed publicity.
Gareth Lister for curating the show with his highly trained artistic eye.
Beatriz Constán for translating so much.
Ippy for editing artists statements.
The aerial performers: Siobhan, Sophie and Tessa
Jane Skellett and the hanging team.

The musicians:

25th Nov – Tony Connolly and Luis Gomez

2nd December – Fernando Gallegos Cabrera

9th December – The Chamber Players

16th December closing night party – Wazifa


The Sugar Factory is on the road that goes from Alcampo, uphill towards the hospital. The entrance is through the Azucarera Restaurant, round the back from Calle Roma. Parking is on the street.