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The Foundry was a fort and an ironworks from the 15th century. Both were destroyed by Napoleon’s armies over two centuries ago. Recycling the stonework of the ruined castle, people built a manor house from which the surrounding farms were administered. Then, in the 1970s, everyone left.

Now, the Foundry is a non-profit space for artists, writers, artisans and other creators who seek to work outside of the institutional confines of market and university. Against the abstraction and commodification of creative and intellectual labor, the site stresses that critical thinking is a way of living rooted in engagements with one another and with the environment.

The Foundry occupies an ensemble of old buildings in a valley in rural Galicia at 10 kilometers from the Atlantic coast. Since 2018, we have renovated most of the buildings, grown a food forest and organized many events. We welcome those interested to join us in Spain.

The Foundry is a founding member of the Aldear network, a member of the Commoning Space Network, and the birthplace of FreeingSpace and the Sindicato de la Tierra.