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Buinho Summer Artistic Residency


Disciplines: All Disciplines, Art Education, Collaboration, Concept & Theory, Critical studies, Dance, Design, Film & Video, Fine art, Installation, Land Art, Light and Projection, Literature, Media Arts, Music & Sound, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Research, Sculpture, Social Practice, Visual Arts, Writing.

Location: Messejana, Beja, Portugal

Duration: 2 weeks and up to 3 months

Eligibility: Application includes sending of portfolio and description of the proposal

Support: Accomodation, Studios, Technical support, Workshops, Public presentations, Open studios

Costs: 150€ per week or 600€ per month


Program Description:

Buinho offers a unique working experience in the historic town of Messejana, Southern Portugal. Messejana is a place of delightful contrasts, between the past aristocratic houses with its hidden, patios, the small rural dwellings, and baroque white churches. All surrounded by endless plains and old cork trees that characterize the Alentejo region.

Buinho is located in the sunniest region of Europe, providing more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year, also famous for its gastronomy, and just 1 hour and a half from Lisbon and other major cities. It is an opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary creative residency program for a period that can go from two weeks to three months.

The creative residency program of Buinho provides private accommodation and shared work-spaces in two different locations:

Morgadinho house, a remodeled manor from the 17th century, suggests a romantic mood for individualist workers and writers. Old style artistically decorated house with frescos covering its walls and detailed wood engraving ceilings may inspire writers and painters;

The second space, Buinho main studio, and fablab is also a traditional house, but that was entirely renovated to provide a modern studio style residence. It is divided into three spaces – so that you can generate here ideas, share them in a social area and the most important, create a real product in the fablab. Here technologies give you a hand to experiment, learn and make. Our fablab is equipped with all the necessary tools and machines (workstations, 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC’s, vinyl cutters. Etc.) to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents.

Each house is fully-equipped and can accommodate up to three residents in individual rooms. Any residents, living in either of the houses, are free to use any of the spaces for their job purposes. We also provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing or laser cutting to the residents that may desire.

These artistic residencies encourage dialogue, exchange, and experimentation. They are process-based, allowing visiting artists to develop projects in response to the relationship with the local environment and community, or to conduct research benefiting from Buinho's resources, and the daily life and environment of Messejana.

Addressed to: Artists, designers, curators, researchers of all ages and nationalities.

Disciplines: Visual arts, Writers, Curators, Performance, Designers, New Media, Researchers

Description of residency location: Messejana is a rural town located in the southern Alentejo region. Is regarded as one of the best-preserved communities of south Alentejo, with abundant heritage, and that provides a sense of belonging and the natural setting surrounding it, makes it a unique place to experiment, create and learn.

Development of Practice:
The residencies program offer creative individuals the time, space and resources to experiment and try project solutions and approaches. By experiencing Messejana's unique atmosphere, creatives can gain new insights that will inform the development of their practice. The Residencies Programme offers production support for exhibitions and technical support at the unique feature that is the Buinho fablab. Also, our staff is keen to discuss the work in progress and assist in sourcing materials, offering local knowledge, contacts and creative input.

Open Studios:
All residencies culminate in an Open Studio event where our residents have the opportunity to show the work produced or research developed during their time in Messejana. Open Studios can run from a period of one to three days and offer an opportunity for the local audiences to contact with the projects practice. Unlike exhibitions, Open Studios focus on process and feedback as they often present work in progress and encourage interaction and dialogue between participants and the audience.

Residency modalities and applications:
We accept applications in an ongoing basis. Applicants should apply to Buinho by email (, and selection is decided by a curatorial jury that evaluates the submitted project and portfolios.

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