Matadero project operates under the umbrella of Municipality of Madrid. Their aim is to rejuvenate / gentrify abandoned area of Matadero (slaughterhouse in direct translation). Situated just south of Madrid’s city centre (20min walk) Matadero is gaining recognition from the municipality as well as from neighbouring communities as being a positive and necessary development not only for the immediate surroundings but also for Madrid as a whole.
Matadero has worked between early 20th century until late 1970s. A complete abandonment of the space had happened in the late 1980s, early 1990s. Since then it had been a problematic area with high level of crime, drugs and prostitution. Matadero has been the main Madrid’s slaughterhouse, meat processing and meat storage in the times when Madrid was prosperous between the two wars. It consequently created conditions for migration from rural areas into the city of Madrid.
Construction project of the whole of Matadero is worth a good €100mio and is funded solely by the municipality of Madrid (who indebted itself for 30 years). Once the construction works are finished – projected to be in March 2011 – Matadero will consist of cultural centres such as visual art, performing arts and music venues and not for profit organisations that organise and run their own programme within the “container” of Matadero. Matadero’s land size is 148.350 m2 (486.713 ft2).
The idea is to create (another of) Madrid’s cultural hub(s). Although the consensus is not only to appreciate decentralised structure of art and art production outside Matadero, the management in fact supports projects outside its borders. In the process of this massive undertaking El Ranchito project was established.
Matadero has no official structure (i.e. status of an organisation – NGO). Instead employees at Matadero: Pablo (General Coordinator), Manuela (Art Programme), Gema (Funding Scheme), Marta (External Relations), Oscar (Production Manager) are all employed as civil servants by the Municipality of Madrid. Present structure has been working for some time now, however management is preparing to separate from under Municipality’s umbrella and subordinate under a private enterprise called MAXA; which is sourcing funds from public and private sectors. Under current structure the control comes from the Municipality’s board, however, employees at Matadero are largely left to their own judgement both in programme and funding usage.
Read more in the foldout leaflet on “Matadero What is it?” in the CP archive, Research Hub
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