Vale de Gatos

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Name of Residency: Vale de Gatos

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:
Spinning wheels
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

Residency Programme since: N/A
Description of Organisation: 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.
Organisation founded in: 2018
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Private company
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Textile Art
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Technical assistance
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    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?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Lisbon (170 km), Faro (190 km)
    Nearest Train Station: Vila Nova da Baronia
    How to reach by plane: Lisbon airport, or Faro airport
    How to reach by train: To Vila Nova da Baronia station, from Lisbon, then by taxi (6 km) to Vale de Gatos at Viana do Alentejo. As an alternative, we can pick up at the train station. From Faro there is a train to Pinhal Novo, where another train goes to Vila Nova da Baronia.
    How to reach by car: A pre-book hire car can be pick up at the airport. Driving to Vale de Gatos, Viana do Alentejo, takes 2 hours from Lisbon (170 km) and 2,20 hours from Faro (190 km).
    Street & Number: Horta da Cagança a Vale de Gatos
    Postal Code: 7090-225
    City: Viana do Alentejo
    Country long: Portugal
    Horta da Cagança a Vale de Gatos
    Viana do Alentejo 7090-225 Portugal
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