Deadline: 15/07/2018


Buinho - An inspiring place that fosters creativity.

Buinho offers a unique working experience in the historic town of Messejana, Southern Portugal. Messejana is a place of delightful contrasts, between the past aristocratic houses with its hidden, patios, the small rural dwellings, and baroque white churches. All surrounded by endless plains and old cork trees that characterize the Alentejo region.

The creative residency program of Buinho provides private accommodation and shared work-spaces in two different locations:
Morgadinho house, a remodeled manor from the 17th century, suggests a romantic mood for individualist workers and writers. Old style artistically decorated house with frescos covering its walls and detailed wood engraving ceilings may inspire writers and painters;

The second space, Buinho main studio, and fablab is also a traditional house, but that was entirely renovated to provide a modern studio style residence. It is divided into three spaces – so that you can generate here ideas, share them in a social area and the most important, create a real product in the fablab. Here technologies give you a hand to experiment, learn and make. Our fablab is equipped with all the necessary tools and machines (workstations, 3D printers, laser cutter, CNC’s, vinyl cutters. Etc.) to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents.

Each house is fully-equipped and can accommodate up to three residents in individual rooms. Any residents, living in either of the houses, are free to use any of the spaces for their job purposes. We also provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing or laser cutting to the residents that may desire. It is an opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary creative residency program, further expand the artistic experimentation, and engage with local community.

This call is directed to the month of September only, and includes a final open studio session with the participation of the artists in residency in different spaces of the town of Messejana.

Artists interested in participating should send by email ( a short curriculum, motivation letter and description of the project. Equally important is to mentioned the proposed dates for the residency (start and length).

Applications are evaluated by an advisory committee and take into consideration the following parameters:
a) artistic quality;
b) relevance of the project;
c) motivation of the candidate.

Total - 600 euros

Buinho is a nonprofit organization with the aim of stimulating intercultural dialogue and co-creation with the local community of Messejana. Besides offering open studios, we challenge creatives for special projects in the town’s museum and public spaces, which engage with the locals. We also often support production and communication expenses of such projects. Be inspired by the daily life and environment of Messejana and stimulated by the endless possibilities and different combinations that our project has to offer.

If you wish to know more about our creative residency program, please contact us by email to

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