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Buinho - Open Call Artistic Residency Portugal

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The Buinho Residencies program is for creatives and researchers. It is part of a creative hub that opened in Alentejo at the beginning of 2015. The residency program was developed in 2010 by a coordinating team, that has since curated other residency programs in Portugal. This new residency provides creatives and artists the opportunity to live and work in the town of Messejana for up to three months.

What Makes this event different?

The residency offers a unique working experience in Southern Portugal. The historic town of 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 of which is surrounded by endless plains and old cork trees that characterize the Alentejo region. The residency is located in the sunniest region of Europe, with more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year. The area is also famous for its gastronomy and is just 1 1/2 hours from Lisbon and other major cities. Buinho is distinguished as one of the very first rural FabLabs in Portugal, enabling artists endless possibilities for experimentation.

Art call for artists.

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

The Morgadinho house is a remodeled manor from the 17th century. The old style artistically decorated house provides a romantic moood, with frescos covering its walls and detailed wood engraving ceilings, that may inspire writers and painters.

The second space, which is the Buinho main studio, and fablab is also a traditional house. It 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 most importantly create a real product in the fablab. The 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 is able to accommodate up to three residents in individual rooms. Residents, living in either of the houses, are free to use any of the spaces for their job purposes. We can provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing or laser cutting for interested residents.

Buinho is a nonprofit organization. The organization aims to stimulate intercultural dialogue and co-creation with the local community of Messejana. In addition to offering open studios, we challenge creatives for special projects in the town’s museum and public spaces, to engage with the locals. We also often support production and communication expenses of such projects. Be inspired by the daily life and environment of Messejana and stimulated by the endless possibilities and different combinations that our project has to offer.

If you wish to know more about our creative residency program, please contact us by email to

More information about the artist residency is also available by visiting the Event Website.

You can watch a short presentation video of Messejana here


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