Haceria Arteak is a non-profit cultural association that emerged in Bilbao in 1997. The Association got access to an industrial space in an old port and post-industrial area of the city, on the Zorrotzaurre Peninsula, and began to promote cultural projects in the context of the neighborhood but with local, national and international perspectives.
In 2008 the Association started ZAWP (Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress) within the framework of the neighborhood: a space in urban transformation, a space of possibilities through which Haceria Arteak tries to provide a different perspective using culture and creativity. This movement was originally created to transform the area into a cultural and creative site in order to revitalise it. The objective was also to encourage people to see what the area has to offer. ZAWP is now a consolidated movement of many people who work in urban revitalisation through creation, intervention and memory enhancement as a driving force for other initiatives.
Haceria Arteak through its main project, ZAWP, works to achieve the widest possible sustainability of the projects of the different sectors of the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) of the Basque Country, generating business models and products to place them in the international vanguard through training programs, accompaniment in its development and management and in their internationalization processes. This is done by puting value to the transition periods of the use of postindustrial urban areas and spaces in transformation through the development of activities related to culture, art and creativity.