About Us

Simon Beckmann

Co-founder of Joya: arte + ecología and co-director of Cortijada Los Gázquez creative retreat / ecoguesthouse. Simon studied Fine Art BA at Manchester Metropolitan University and Fine Art MA at The Royal Academy Schools. He now teaches art and continues his own practice through the Joya: arte + ecología programme. Simon is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Donna Beckmann

Co-founder of Joya: arte + ecología and co-director of Cortijada Los Gázquez creative retreat / ecoguesthouse. Donna studied ‘Illustration’ at Bristol School of Art, specialising in ‘food and travel’. At one time the medium for her illustration was ‘batik’. From there she moved onto painting in ‘plaster of Paris’. Now she creates watercolours, sharp and detailed ‘mandalas’ and graphic ‘grids’ depicting herbs and spices, fish and fruit in kaleidoscopic recipes depicting the culture and cuisine of the places she loves.
Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero

Projects and communications coordinator of Joya: arte + ecología and Spanish editor of 'La Revista'. Gonzaga studied Audiovisual Communication BA at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. He now collaborates on short films as cameraman and film editor and focuses his own practice in still photography.
Alicia García-Andrés González

Research and technical documentation for Joya: arte + ecología. Alicia studied Fine Art BA and Art History BA at the University of Salamanca. She received the Certificate of Research Proficiency for her thesis on ‘Documentation in order to conserve contemporary art’ at the Complutense University of Madrid and she is a fellow of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA). She has also collaborated with a number of institutions including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Guggenheim Bilbao. She currently developes projects related to the study and research of the creative process through technical documentation at the Museo Nacional del Prado.
Andrew Welch

Technical Coordinator of Joya: arte + ecología, Andy studied MA Design Critical Practice at Goldsmiths (distinction). His personal projects span qualitative mapping, open product and open education design. Andy has run his own design business, worked as a mountain bike guide and traveled extensively by bicycle around the world starting from England to India, Nepal and Mongolia and wrote a book, 'Weave of the Ride’, about his experiences. He is developing a mountain bike tour company in Georgia called Georiders. Andy is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Sistemas Efímeros

Sistemas Efímeros (ephemeral systems) is an arts-led, trans-disciplinary collaborative project that seeks different ways to express ideas which will augment the perception of the natural value of arid landscapes. Simultaneously Sistemas Efímeros will promote sustainable and transferable adaptations to land use and water resources at a time of rapid environmental change.


Ana García-López Enrique Doblas-Miranda
Ana García-López is Doctor in Fine Arts since 2003. Her doctoral thesis was graded with Summa Cum Laude and awarded with the Doctoral Thesis Extraordinary Award at the University of Granada (UGR) in 2003. She studied Fine Arts as a major with a two-year specialization in Environmental Design (total 5 years degree, 1985-1990) at the UGR and did the postgraduate program “Computer Graphics” at the UCLA (USA) (1992-93). She is currently Vice-Dean for Institutional Relationships and Research at the Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Granada (Spain) and professor of Audiovisual Projects. In the past, she has also taught drawing in secondary education and bilingual education in Los Angeles, CA, through the California Bilingual Education program in 1992-1997 where she obtained the California teacher’s credential. Enrique has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Granada, where he studied the faunal ecology inhabiting arid Mediterranean soils. From his M. Sc. in Biology by the University of Córdoba to his research experience in Canada and New Zealand, he has investigated about the relationship between animals and their environment, as a key to understanding the temporal and spatial variations of ecosystems. During his postdoctoral studies in the Forest Research Centre at Montreal (Canada) he also began his career as a scientific coordinator. Currently, he works at the CREAF (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications), where he is the coordinator of the MONTES-Consolider project concerning the interactions between Spanish woodlands and global change and soon he will be the director of the MENFRI project, looking for the creation of a Mediterranean network of forest research and innovation.
Maite Frade García e Ignacio Quesada Rodríguez
Maite is environmentalist and botanist. Nacho teaches Biology and Geology at Rambla de Nogalte High School, in Puerto Lumbreras, Murcia. They spread Joya: arte + ecología's project Sistemas Efímeros at a local level whilst drawing on a large knowledge within the province of Almería.


Luce Choules Mark Macklin
Artist and co-curator of Sistemas Efímeros. Her arts practice explores physical and emotional geography, is rooted in poetic and academic research, with a methodology of experimental fieldwork and itinerant working. She travels with cameras, other documentary materials and tools, to create maps and site-specific works. Luce is a member of the British Cartographic Society, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Mark is Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research (CCCR) at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University. Mark founded and was the Head of the River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group from 1999-2007 and is Director of the Fluvio Consultancy. He currently sits on the UK National Commission for UNESCO Natural Sciences Committee, INQUA-Hydrology and Global Change Focus Area Committee.
The Canary Project Jude Macklin
Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris) work with photography, video, writing and installation. Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project - a collaborative that produces visual media and artworks that deepen public understanding of climate change. Works from The Canary Project have shown in diverse venues, including: art museums such as The Kunsthal Museum (Rotterdam), The Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver and the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY); science museums such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL); universities; public art projects; magazines; city halls; etc. In 2008-2009 Sayler and Morris were Loeb Fellows at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. They are currently teaching in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University. Judy Macklin is an artist, printmaker and educator interested in art science collaboration in the watery realm searching for a dialogue on a local and global level.


Sigrid Holmwood Luce Choules
Work: Cultivating colour: a garden for a new peasant painting Work: Terreno
Elizabeth Jackson
Work: Field Observation