The residency at PADA welcomes applications from artists in a variety of media for a duration of 1-3 months.
Selected artists/curators will have the chance to live and work in Lisbon’s South Bay and to participate in a range of activities such as discussions, studio visits and exhibition tours. Participants are also encouraged to propose talks and workshops, and to engage with the local art scene. The support, networks and creative environment offered by PADA encourages professional/artistic development and international contacts.
Artists are provided with large studio space and accommodation with a private double bedroom.
The studios can accommodate 6 artists each month wishing to immerse themselves in their work and/or research. We provide them with the space to explore practices, concepts, new ideas and materials and to develop a project while receiving feedback and support.
Set in an industrial park in Barreiro on Lisbon’s South Bay, artists will be surrounded by history as well as contemporary craftsmen providing inspiration, material knowledge and the resources for experimentation and production.
Selected artists/curators will have the chance to live and work in Lisbon’s South Bay and to participate in a range of activities such as discussions, studio visits and exhibition tours.
Participants are also encouraged to propose talks and workshops, and to engage with the local art scene. The support, networks and creative environment offered by PADA encourages professional/artistic development and international contacts.
At the beginning of the residency, PADA will host tours of Lisbon and the surrounding area alongside local experts and historians.
The residency program is run in conjunction with PADA’s Studio & Gallery Programmes, the artists benefit from collaboration with these programmes and interaction with a variety of national and international artists. At the end of the residency, artists are invited to use the Gallery space at PADA to present the work that has been developed during their stay.
Cost & Funding
The basic cost for 1 month in residence is €1000 and covers all studios facilities and accommodation.
PADA is happy to assist artists wishing to apply for funding. This can be requested within the application form on our website and we recommend beginning the process well in advance.
For more information and to apply please visit our website by clicking here & read our Residency Guidelines.
PADA is an artist-led, not for profit, arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon’s South Bay.
Set in an industrial park with history dating back to 1885, PADA offer artists time and space to develop their practice through the exploration of technique and process. Bringing together like minded artists with the aim of developing a creative network for the exchange of knowledge and skills in the fabrication and execution of art.
The Residency Programme runs alongside our long term studios, creating an environment conducive to dialogue, collaboration and sharing of knowledge between the two programmes. PADA also run a gallery program exhibiting international artists and host events and exhibitions throughout the year.
PADA is located within the old Companhia União Fabril (CUF) industrial park in Barreiro.
CUF was the largest corporation in Portugal, exporting products worldwide an employing 10 000 people. Under the control of the industrialist Alfredo da Silva, CUF utilised resources from throughout the Portuguese colonies producing a diverse range of goods from petrochemicals to carpets.
From the 1980’s the company slipped in to decline and now largely abandoned and under the management of Baia do Tejo the area is redefining itself.
PADA have access to restricted areas where the old brutalist remains of the CUF empire stand. Crumbling concrete structures, vast empty warehouses and the alien landscapes of the now decontaminated pyrite fields.
The Industrial Park is home to 5 museums that document the fascinating history of the area and PADA are working with the historians and curators of these spaces to give artists access to the archives in order to bring a new audience to the history of CUF.
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- Months: 1 – 3
- Visual Art
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- Woodworking tools
- Small hand and power tools available
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Exhibition space
- Library/research resources
- Woodworking tools
- Technical assistance
- Open Studios