Created in 2015, 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.
Our mission is to promote and develop cultural projects, establishing a lively dialogue between artists from various disciplines and the local community.
We welcome professional artists, writers, researchers, workgroups and art students in search of time and space to reflect, discuss and create.
Duration of residency
Residency duration is minimum 3 weeks and maximum 3 months.
Artists accommodation and house studios are located in the center of the town, in a XVIII century manor house.
The area for residency has:
Meeting and projection room
Studios and work spaces
Garden and courtyard
Single artists will be accomodated in private rooms with a private or shared bathroom according to availability.
Couple of artists will be accomodated in a double room with a private or shared bathroom.
The house can host up to 15 people in shared rooms.
Big groups can reserve the whole house for them if noticed in advance.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Writing / Photography / Painting / Drawing / Illustration / Printmaking / Music / Performative arts / Cinema / Video / Textile / Educational programmes.
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.
The residency will organise weekly cultural visits or study trips around Arraiolos and Alentejo for our resident artists.
For artists interested in the traditional embroidery techniques in Arraiolos we can organise a workshop in a local tapestry office.
Studio / Workspace
According to the discipline and needs there will be assigned a working space for each artist in a private or shared studio.
Each working space is furnished with table, chair, light, shelves and wall boards.
We have a partnership with another local cultural association so resident artists could develop printing or ceramic projects using their facilities.
Fees and support
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 significative funding.
From March to November: 150€/week, 525€/month
Residency fee includes a single room + one studio space.
Right now Córtex Frontal can´t provide grants to attend the residency.
If you are applying for a grant in your country or community we will gladly write a letter of support with all the information required.
Expectations towards the artist
Arranged on a case by case basis and depending on the artist´s time/plans we will organise a final work event: Open Studio event, artist talk, concert, workshop, etc
Call for Applications is open all year round for residencies from April-December 2019.
Minimum stay is 3 weeks / Maximum 3 months. For other stay length please ask.
Pre-selected candidates will be called for a Skype interview.
Please fill the application form that you will find in the link above. If you need to send extra documents you can do it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org