Cerdeira Village Art & Craft

General information

Brief description of organisation

The aim of Cerdeira Village Art & Craft project is to make it a place for sharing and communicating with artists and creative individuals. It’s about giving new live and meaning to a very special place, Cerdeira, one of the classified schist villages in the ”Serra da Lousã”, a small place surrounded by fresh brooks and silence in an ocean of mountains in the center of Portugal.

Abandoned in the late 1970th by its rural population for social and economic reasons, the architectural heritage is nowadays almost completely restored including ecological and sustainable aspects.

A same-name association runs the Cerdeira Village Art & Craft project. It involved the reconstruction of fifteen traditional schist-stone homes: nine of them aimed for touristic purposes, one shared apartment building, a oven-house that can be used by visitors for baking and traditional cooking, a craft gallery, a library, a laundry, a coffee and our shared studios prepared for nearly all kinds of art work with special wood and ceramic facilities.

In 2017 was created the Cerdeira Arts and Crafts School that has as its core mission to be a space for teaching traditional techniques that come out of intemporal lineages, and at the same time a space for creativity and art making aligned with contemporary dialogue.
The group of experienced teachers share a culture of art pedagogy based on values of respect for the voice and sensibility of each individual as well as the lineage and tradition of their artistic area. We offer structured courses based on a deep understanding of the principles involved in the aesthetic, creative and manual learning processes. The courses always include live practical demonstrations, visual displays and lectures, as well as the time spent practicing together, with moments of reflection and exchange.

In 2015 we invited the Japanese ceramist and kiln builder Masakazu Kusakabe to lead the construction of his woodfiring SASUKENEI SMOKELESS KILN for ceramics (800 L).
Today, the kiln is part of the equipment for artists, if you are interested in using please contact us.

The largest building in the village is the “House of Arts” - a four flour building that hosts our creative group activities - was rebuilt using only schist stone, clay and chestnut wood.

The aim of the project is in short, to promote creative tourism while encouraging the intersection between arts, crafts, traditional techniques and nature.

Cerdeira is one of the most active members of the Schist Villages Network. Today it’s a privileged place for artists, to stay and get inspired at our residencies, to exhibit at our annual contemporary craft exhibition “Elementos à Solta – Art meets Nature”. A place for all people who love nature, who like to live new experiences, learn old craft techniques or simply want to find contemporary ways to express themselves.

The identity and the authenticity of the place, and the positive energy and persistence of this quiet international association, is what makes it so special. We want to be surrounded by positive energy!

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Located in a rural isolated setting, Cerdeira Village accommodates artists and guests in self-catering houses.
For your residency you have two options:

1. Residency accomodation in one of our individual guesthouses from CerdeiraVillage project
2 weeks (2pax)+ breakfast + studio access 1150€
3 weeks (2pax)+ breakfast + studio access 1650€
4 weeks (2pax)+ breakfast + studio access 2100€
Long term stays price under request

2. Residency with accomodation in a shared room in the Residências building
2 weeks 240€ + 100€ studio access
3 weeks 340€ + 150€ studio access
4 weeks 440€ + 200€ studio access
Long term stays under request

Both have access to our spacious and full of light shared studio that will allow residents to work freely and in perfect conditions.

Get the 10% early bird discount for registrations completed up 3 months prior to the starting date.

Our program is aimed to artists and creative individuals looking for an escape from the stress and business of their routine and having new creative experience or just taking some time for themselves. People who value nature, authenticity and silence or Artists who are looking for a quiet place to prepare their next personal project or installation.

We provide the artists with basic support, linens and towels and weekly trips to Lousã, the next town with a wonderful weakly vegetable market and supermarket.

Residents are required to bring what they need for their creative practice including art materials and personal computers if necessary. If there are any kind of materials/machines/tools you need, just talk to us in advance to know if we have them available in the village or where and how you can find them.
Minimum stay at the village is 2 weeks, we recommend you to stay at least 3 weeks to adapt.

We provide different programs to suit different needs so check our website or contact us for a more customized experience!

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Have a look to our tematic residencies!
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Companion possible in case of individual residency.

Grants available

We encourage selected and enthusiastic artists to apply for grants or sponsors in their origin countries and we can help you by writing an invitational letter. Application is free. Please contact us and we will send you all the information about our residency programme and fees.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation

Artists must keep the house clean and cook their own meals. It is also expected that one day per week they help in some of the village activities. The applicants may also suggest other types of collaboration and work, that they can help with. Suggestions are always welcome!

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Art festival in June (we have a special residency program for the festival, just ask us!)

How to reach

By train

to Coimbra A
by bus to Lousã
by taxi to Cerdeira

By plane

airport Porto or Lisbon
by train to Coimbra A
by bus to Lousã
by taxi to Cerdeira

By car

The Village is located in the Lousã mountains in the Coimbra district. To reach the village take the mountain road, that connects Lousã to Castanheira de Pera. Approximately after 9 km you will find a Cerdeira sing to turn left. After turning drive for more 1,5 km until you have reached the village. Parking is allowed next to the chapel since no cars are allowed in the village.

Nearest airport

Lisbon - 224 Kilometers, Porto - 168 Kilometers

Contact information

Cerdeira Village Art & Craft
Lugar da Cerdeira
3200-509 Lousã Lousã


Phone: 00351911789603

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