Vale de Gatos is a place for craftspeople, artists or professionals of different areas interested in working with wool or other textile fibres. Our residency program seeks to promote creativity in a quiet and peaceful environment, far away from stress and routine. In addition to meeting with a place for exchange, all of them, as well as participants in residencies, count on the technical support of Isabel Cartaxo and all the hospitality of Vale de Gatos.
Residencies may be attended either individually or by small groups, in the areas of weaving and spinning and programmes may be devised according to the interests and objectives of residents. Residences may last from one week to one month, according to the needs and characteristics of the residents work or purpose, being flexible to it.
The residency offers different spaces, the main one is the spinning and loom studio, besides a dying corner, a well-equipped library, with specific books about textiles, but also with a large variety of art, handicraft and architecture themes, living room and living spaces for up to four residents (artists).
Studio facilities and equipment in the building:
Multifunctional space with a 2m table
Natural dying facilities
Multifunctional space for spinning, weaving, tapestry, embroidery, hand-knitting, crochet or other textile projects
Access to all books
Free access to the internet in all spaces
Vale de Gatos is a rural haven 27 km south of Évora, the charming capital city of the region of northern Alentejo. The farm is located in the outskirts of the country town of Viana do Alentejo, 1,5 km away, rooted in the natural unspoilt countryside typical of this area – olive trees, holm oaks and the perfume of unique undergrowth. In Vale de Gatos, quietness is rich with the soft sounds of nature where the sharp ear will recognise the odd bleating from the flock of Campaniças, the endemic breed of sheep that constitute one of its main treasures. Viana do Alentejo is a small village, providing the essential needs and equipment for a community of 2,000 inhabitants and visitors (restaurants, shops, health centre, drugstore, a bank branch).
Isabel and Carlos house (she, a weaver, he, an architect) is an old traditional building of the Alentejo region, rehabilitated between 2000 and 2004, where the traditional lives together with the contemporary language of architecture in the respect of both times and identities. The house has four individual rooms, a shared studio prepared for nearly all kinds of textile work, a living room and an inspiring and quiet porch looking west to the countryside and the sunset.
Vale de Gatos is both an Agritourism unit, open to visitors looking forward to a soothing rural environment and at the same time a Textile Centre, duly equipped for professionals with an interest in developing their skills, experiences or research programs, either around the old traditional techniques, either in the expression of their own contemporary way of expression. A place open to the sharing of ideas, thoughts and different ways of expression, open to creativity, aiming the respect for each one conceptual language.
- Private company
- Weeks: 1
- Weeks: 2
- Weeks: 3
- Months: 1
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Shared studio / workplace
- Library/research resources
- Technical assistance
- No requirements