This residency program is for creative individuals from different disciplines (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, New Media, Video, Sound, Performance, Design, Writer, Curators, among others). The program gives artists the opportunity to live and work in the town of Messejana from two weeks up to three months. The residency provides four individual rooms for accommodation and studios in a private format. Shared studio space and access to fablab and workshops are also provided.
The residency program offers creative individuals the time, space and resources needed to experiment and try different project solutions and approaches. Through living Messejana’s unique atmosphere, creatives can gain new insights that will inform the development of their practice. Work in progress is displayed in an open studio promoted by the residents and with the support of Buinho, where the local community has an opportunity to meet with the artists and provide feedback on their work. Buinho also offers the possibility to exhibit in the local ethnographic Museum, in a designated project room, as well as other exhibition spaces through a regional network of partners.
The Buinho creative artist residency program provides private accommodation and shared work-spaces in two different locations:
a) Sao Joao house is a XIX century shepherd’s house, remodeled in 2019 to offer a unique charm. It is located in the street of the museum, on top of a hill, offering from its garden a unique view over Messejana. It’s studios with high white walls and quiet environment offer the perfect setting for visual artists and writers.
b) The second space, the Buinho main studio, and Fablab, is also a traditional house that was entirely renovated to provide a modern studio style residence. The building is divided into three spaces so that you can generate ideas, share them in a social area and be able to materialize them in the Fablab. The Fablab is equipped with tools and machines (workstations, laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC’s, vinyl cutters, among other equipment.) to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents.
Each house is fully-equipped and provides private accommodation to its residents. The residency program besides providing production support, and access to the equipments and spaces, also includes free weekly tutorials and workshops about 3D printing, 3D modeling, CNC and laser cutting, robotics, and plastic recycling. The program also includes weekly contacts with the locals from Messejana where we explore traditional practices as goat cheese or bread making, or visits to traditional artisans workshops.
The artistic residencies encourage exchange, dialogue, and experimentation. The residencies 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.
A local ethnographic museum, as well as other spaces, are available for installations, interventions, presentations, exhibitions and/or performances.
Addressed to: Artists, designers, makers, photographers, writers, researchers, of all ages and nationalities.
Disciplines: Visual arts, Sculpture, Photography, Writing, Design, New Media, Curatorial, Performance, Research
Practice and research
Buinho offers access to both its physical and digital library, where monographs, magazines, and catalogs can be found in Portuguese and English, and in the areas of Design, Contemporary Art and Technology. Unique space in the possibility of joining theory to practice, Buinho possesses rapid prototyping equipment, which is complemented by other traditional technologies.
Enjoy Portugal, enjoy Messejana
Messejana is a rural town located in the southern Alentejo region. It 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.
You can watch a short presentation video of Messejana we prepared for you here
Fees and Application Information
The fees for 2019-20 are 150€ per week or 600€ per month. The minimum period of stay is 2 weeks, and the maximum is 3 months. We try to keep the fees low because we are a non-profit and we would like to give equal opportunities for motivated applicants to be able to enjoy this unique experience. We also include a 50% discount to couples that can share a bedroom in order to support partners in coming with the artists.
Artists interested in participating should send by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a short curriculum, motivation letter and description of the project. Equally important is to mention the proposed dates for the residency (start and length).
Applications are evaluated by an advisory committee and take into consideration the following parameters:
a) artistic quality;
b) relevance of the project;
c) motivation of the candidate.
We recommend that accepted artists reserve their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The security deposit is 50% and obliges Buinho to keep your space reserved and free for the approved period of stay. We will send you an email and issue the receipt.