Buinho Creative Hub

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:

Sao Joao house is an XIX century shepherd’s house, remodelled 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.

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.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, vinyl cutters, etc.) to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents.

Each house is fully-equipped and provide accommodation in individual rooms.  We also provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing and laser cutting to the residents that may desire.

Buinho is a nonprofit organization with the aim of stimulating intercultural dialogue and co-creation with the local community of Messejana. Besides offering open studios, we challenge creatives for special projects in the town museum and public spaces, which engage with the locals. 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 info@buinho.pt

More information also available on www.buinho.pt

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

Buinho aims to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

In 2015 we created one of the very first rural FabLabs in Portugal.

Buinho is a place where artists, makers, researchers, and other creatives can work on their projects in the unique rural environment. It is the perfect place for studying theory and for getting hands dirty with practice.

Currently, we offer fast internet connection, fablab access, private accommodation, inspiring environments, private and shared studio space, and special workshops.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Puppet making and craft workshop
  • Fabric and textiles
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
  • Office
  • Welding tools
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Library/research resources
  • Welding tools
  • Woodworking tools
  • Metalworking tools
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes. We have a network of local partners to support the development of workshops, open studios, and art projects in Messejana
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): 150€ per week / 600€ per month
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    • Production costs
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Lisbon or Faro International Airports
    Nearest Train Station: Funcheira
    How to reach by plane: You can take the plane to either Lisbon or Faro international airports and then rent a car, or take the express bus passing in Aljustrel. From Aljustrel you can take a taxi to Messejana (the trip by taxi takes 10 minutes and costs about 10 euros).
    How to reach by train: There is also quick railway connections between our region and Lisbon. There are several trains departing daily from Lisbon&rsquos Santa Apolonia station. You must exit at the Funcheira station and Buinho will arrange a car to pick you up and take you for the residency.
    How to reach by car: Take the A2 Motorway and exit in Aljustrel. Messejana is 9km away from Aljustrel. Messejana is in the heart of Baixo Alentejo region, 150 km away from Lisbon in the north and 150km away from the Algarve in the South.
    Street & Number: Rua Nova de Sao Bras, 43
    Postal Code: 7600-346
    City: Messejana
    Rua Nova de Sao Bras, 43
    Messejana 7600-346 PRT
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