Cecilia Díaz Betz

The tin can was patented by English inventor Peter Durand in 1810. The truth is that devising and producing an object that would contain and preserve food for a long period of time in a very manageable format was a great idea.. Two centuries later, artist and illustrator Kilomba alongside her right hand Mireia Azuara, have re-patented Durand’s brilliant idea in a rather metaphorical way though no less realistically. The result Sardinuka: “A sardine can that works as an art gallery and a creative and artistic production space to promote and give visibility to local art.”

A “visual tin can” that was born with the desire to create, invent, contain, display and make works of local artists last, always through encouragement, advice, communication and, above all, opportunity. In the same way that Paul Durand made our lives easier, the aim of Sardinuka is to make the life of artists and the public easier, too, acting as selectors of a particular type of art and as conservers of art as food for our soul.

The aim of Sardinuka is to make the life of artists and the public easier

Sardinuka is structured through several axes—creative studio, art and communication gallery—that come together in a multidisciplinary space. The gallery organizes an ongoing program of exhibitions, the so-called Sardinanas, an open call to artists with a specific theme selected by the Sardinuka team. However, everyone can submit an individual or collective (four artists maximum) exhibition proposal. If it fits the artistic criteria, it is chosen to become a reality. Sardinuka offers an open and plural process that puts all artists on equal terms. On the other hand, Sardinuka welcomes artists in residence, offering workspace, artistic advice and communication tools, also with the possibility to show their work in the gallery. Finally, Sardinuka offers the visual communication studio where Mireia Azuara and Kilomba join forces to offer visual communications services to customers, brands or individuals.

Another interesting feature is that it is also a living space. It programming changes and various dialogues are established by joining some artworks with others, or through the coexistence of artists in residence that encourage visitors to create and experiment without complexes. For example, the exhibition Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Magdalena Ares is currently on show, sharing space with the works of the seven artists in the gallery’s back room.

It is also worth noting that Sardinuka places special emphasis on the normalization or naturalization of art trading in our country with such interesting proposals as La Lonja del Arte, which sees the gallery decorated as if it were a fishmonger that organizes an auction with the freshest works; La pesca de la sardinuka, which decorates the gallery as if it were the seabed and invites participants to fish original artwork by Kilomba at a price of 5€, or #RegalaArte for Christmas.


  • Address: Plaça de Narcís Oller, 6
  • Timetable: M-T 10:00 to 19:00h | F - 10:00 to 15:00h | S - if there's an event | S - Closed
  • Phone: +34 932 80 72 15
  • Type: Gallery
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