Culture Vultures is headed by British visual artist Jess Stephens and includes a small, local, broad-minded team and a wide range of collaborators.
Nestled in the small, ancient medina of Sefrou at the base of the Middle Atlas Mountains and just outside the Imperial city of Fez, Culture Vultures is close to modernity and yet steeped in the rich and fascinating history of Morocco.
Fitted out with a bundle of creativity and a sense of adventure, Jess arrived in Morocco in 2007 with the aim of setting up an artist residency in Sefrou. With a few years of working freelance on the ground, having established cultural programs for Café Clock and the American Language Center in the regional capitol, Fez, she felt suitably practiced to launch her first artist residency program. It took no time for Jess to broaden Culture Vultures portfolio to include a curious and engaging community.
As an organization whose activities trip the light fantastic, depending on project demands and the cultural environment, Culture Vultures works with a local team of freelancer facilitators and self-employed personnel who bring a variety of skills and perspectives to the projects at hand.
As a market town on the traders route across North Africa, Sefrou has received visitors from far and wide, for more than 1000 years. As an organization that often facilitates encounters between the local and the international, we are forever grateful to Sefrous community who encourage, question and engage with us as an organization.