Córtex Frontal – Residência de arte e investigação


The Artist-In-Residence programme aims to bring together artists from different countries and disciplines for a concentrated period of 3 weeks to 3 months.

There are 2 modalities for being a resident artist at Córtex Frontal:
1 By invitation (no fee required)
2 By application (fee required)

Generally there are 3 or 4 artists sharing the residency at the time. Could be more or less depending on the season.

Residency structure
This is a self directed residency where artists work in a self oriented and independent way. However, if needed, organisators and support committee members will help to give a direction/timing to projects, technical support and feedback.

Study trips and workshops
The residency will organise weekly cultural visits or trips around Arraiolos and Alentejo for our resident artists. Artists will be informed about trips and prices (non commercial prices) upon arrival.

For artists interested in the traditional embroidery techniques in Arraiolos we can organise a workshop in a local tapestry office.

Showing your work
Arranged on a case by case basis and depending on your time/plans we will be happy to show your work-in-progress or final work in an Open Studio event.

Giving lectures/workshop
We can organise a lecture or workshop so resident artists can share their knowledge with the local community.

Workgroups in residence (up to 15 people) for short, mid or long term are welcome.
Thematic residencies, seminars, masterclasses and conferences, with or without accommodation, can be organised. Meeting and projection rooms can be arranged in the house.
Printing and dance groups in residence can be accommodated in the house and could work in the printing office and dance studio (located out of the house but walking distance).

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation:

Córtex Frontal is an AIR (Artist-In-Residence) programme hosted by Cortexrcult-Associação Cultural, a non profit organisation located in the peaceful town of Arraiolos, in Alentejo region, Portugal.

We welcome professional artists, writers, researchers, workgroups and art students in search of time and space to reflect, discuss and create.
Our mission is to promote and develop cultural projects, establishing a lively dialogue between artists from various disciplines and the local community.

Call for applications is open year round for residency proposals from March to November, for a minimum period of 3 weeks and up to 3 months. Projects with relevance to the Portuguese context and the local community will be specially appreciated, in the following disciplines:

Writing / Photography / Painting / Drawing / Illustration / Printmaking / Music / Performative arts / Cinema / Video / Textile / Educational programmes

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Ceramic facilities
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Postal 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): Córtex Frontal relies on artist fees to operate. The profits go towards the costs of running and maintaining the house and this project. Córtex Frontal has currently no funding. Individual Artists: From March to November: 150€/week, 525€/month Residency fee includes a single room + one studio space. Couple of artists apply separately.
    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
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Exhibition
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    • Teaching
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Lisbon
    Nearest Train Station: Evora
    How to reach by plane: Lisbon airport
    How to reach by car: Coming from Lisbon by car is easy following the A2 and A6 in the direction of vora.Toll price is 7&euro
    Street & Number: Rua Melo Mexia 9
    Postal Code: 7040-067
    City: Arraiolos
    Country long: Portugal
    Rua Melo Mexia 9
    Arraiolos 7040-067 PRT
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