Córtex Frontal

General information

Brief description of organisation

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.

We welcome professional artists, writers, researchers, workgroups and art students in search of time and space to reflect, discuss and create.
Our mission is to promote and develop cultural projects, establishing a lively dialogue between artists from various backgrounds and disciplines, and the local community.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

AIR programme
The Artist-In-Residence programme aims to bring together artists from different countries and disciplines for a concentrated period of 3 weeks to 3 months.

There are 2 modalities for being a resident artist at Córtex Frontal:
1 By invitation (no fee required)
2 By application (fee required)

Generally there are 3 or 4 artists sharing the residency at the time. Could be more or less depending on the season.

Residency structure
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.

Showing your work
Arranged on a case by case basis and depending on your time/plans we will be happy to show your work-in-progress or final work in an Open Studio event.

Giving lectures/workshop
Arranged on a case by case basis and depending on your time/plans we could organise a lecture or workshop so resident artists can share their knowledge with the local community.

Workgroups in residence for short, mid or long term are very welcome.
Thematic residencies, seminars, masterclasses and conferences, with or without accommodation, can be organised. Meeting and projection rooms can be arranged in the house.
Printing and dance groups can work in the printing and dance studios (located out of the house) and be accommodated in the CF house.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

sorry no pets allowed

Grants available

Right now we can´t provide any grants for artists but we will do our best to make your residency economical. If you are applying for a grant in your country or community we will gladly write a letter for you with all the information required. Mobility funding opportunities can be found at https://on-the-move.org/funding/europe/

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Cleaning
  • Exhibition
  • Donation of an Artwork
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

Lisbon airport

By car

Coming from Lisbon by car is easy following the A2 and A6 in the direction of Évora.
Toll price is 7€

Nearest airport


Contact information

Córtex Frontal
Rua Melo Mexia 9
7040-067 Arraiolos


Phone: +351936650003

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