How It Began
Monika Grygier, after two years of working in her Amer studio, embarked on the search for new spaces with greater growth potential. She finally found it near her residence in La Cellera de Ter, Can Clos.
On January 2, 2013, after taking responsibility for adapting this fantastic space, Can Clos, and with the collaboration of great professional artists and entrepreneurs, the Comprehensive Management Association of Sociocultural Services Idea was founded in October of the same year, establishing its headquarters in Can Clos.
Over the years, Idea has tirelessly developed more than 60 activities in different cities, working to ensure the Association moves forward. Soon, Can Clos will open its doors and carry out all the planned projects and those yet to come.
Many artists and authorities have already visited Can Clos, gradually shaping the character and purpose of Idea, making it an open space for all creative individuals and projects that foster the visitors’ vocations.
The center has four completely open spaces, each with an area of more than 140 m2. Here, spaces for exhibitions, work studios, storage, cinema, theater, presentations, as well as 2,500 m2 equipped with a workshop, kitchen, bedrooms for resident artists, multimedia room, and multipurpose rooms are organized.
The farmhouse has 17 hectares of land, including forests and open spaces in the midst of nature, where outdoor activities will take place.
History of Can Clos by Lluis Llagostera
The lineage of the Clos, inhabitants of the parish formerly known as Santa Maria de La Cellera d’Anglès, is one of the most important in the municipal area. Their surname has persisted from the High Middle Ages to the present day without interruption, a rarity among the region’s farmhouses.
The first notarial document we have today dates back to 1289, providing evidence that Can Clos was already a large farmhouse in expansion. They had neighbors such as the Gorners, Riera, Gasull, and Berenguer.
They played a role in the public life of the town and the parish in different stages of history. Over the years, they intermarried with the Fontanella, Dalmau, Farners, and Riera families, eventually inheriting all the properties. In the 19th century, they left the ancestral home and moved to Can Dalmau in La Cellera de Ter’s Plaza de la Vila, from where they continued to manage the family heritage.
Notable figures: Ramon de Can Clos (priest), Vidal Clos, Bartomeu Clos, Antic Clos, and Antoni Clos.
It is a typical example of a rural farmhouse, similar to many others in the region. It was built at the foot of Colldegria hill, acting as a sentinel for a large part of Plademunt, the plain surrounding the Ter, and the meander it follows along Amer’s territory.
The name “Clos” already denotes the meaning of a house closed or secluded among natural features (mountains, mounds, etc.) or defensive elements. As seen today, its noble part faces east.
The facade features a large arched door and a trilobed limestone window from the 16th or 17th century, alongside other simpler Gothic windows made of sandstone with some geometric decorative elements, resembling those in nearby farmhouses from the 16th century. A well next to the facade and a barn facing south frame the courtyard in front of the house, which remains quite well-defined.
The kitchen, with its nearly intact 17th-century fireplace, like the cellar and pantry, would be good elements to preserve.
The spacious first-floor hall, leading to the rooms and used for large family meals, with its Gothic window filling it with light, is one of the spaces that has undergone few alterations and is worthy of protection.
The current restoration work breathes new life into this unique building, which has witnessed many generations of Cellera residents and is closely tied to the country’s history. If, in addition, an art studio can grow within it in the 21st century, it will be like reviving this manor and showcasing the surrounding landscape to the world. Hopefully!
The Ter River with its charming banks, the Susqueda dam, the harmony between hills and valleys, the variety of flora and fauna, agricultural areas and irrigation, agriculture and the village, greens and seasonal colors, businesses, and pedestrian pathways…
In this unique environment is the headquarters of the Cultural Idea association, presided over by Monika Grygier, the Cultural Creation Center at the Can Clos farmhouse. An important three-story farmhouse with a facade dating back to the 15th-16th centuries has remained largely unaltered since its construction. The semi-circular door has large voussoirs, and almost all windows have imposts, except for the central one, which boasts a magnificent lobed ogee arch of notable artistic quality. Attached to the right and freestanding in front of the facade are several workspaces.
This house is located in the municipal area of La Cellera de Ter, within the Ter-Brugent district, where there is an interesting recognition for the aesthetics of the surroundings.