Buinho Creative Hub

General information

Brief description of organisation

Buinho aims to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

In 2015 we created one of the very first rural FabLabs in Portugal.

Buinho is a place where artists, makers, researchers, and other creatives can work on their projects in the unique rural environment. It is the perfect place for studying theory and for getting hands dirty with practice.

Currently, we offer fast internet connection, fablab access, private accommodation, inspiring environments, private and shared studio space, and special workshops.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

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.

Buinho is located in the sunniest region of Europe, providing more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year, also famous for its gastronomy, and just 1 hour and a half from Lisbon and other major cities. It is an opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary creative residency program for a period that can go from two weeks to three months.

The creative residency program of Buinho provides private accommodation and shared work-spaces in two different locations:

Sao Joao house is an XIX century shepherd’s house, remodelled in 2019 to offer a unique charm. It is located in the street of the museum, on top of a hill, offering from its garden a unique view over Messejana. It’s studios with high white walls and quiet environment offer the perfect setting for visual artists and writers.

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.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, vinyl cutters, etc.) to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents.

Each house is fully-equipped and provide accommodation in individual rooms. We also provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing and laser cutting to the residents that may desire.

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 museum and public spaces, which engage with the locals. 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 info@buinho.pt

More information also available on www.buinho.pt

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Design
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Other


Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
  • Other

Workshops, presentations, and final open studio are encouraged but not mandatory

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Musical Instruments
  • Rapid prototyping lab; design studio; robotics workshop; media center; educational center
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portugese
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • community engaged projects

How to reach

By train

There is also quick railway connections between our region and Lisbon. There are several trains departing daily from Lisbon’s Santa Apolonia station. You must exit at the Funcheira station and Buinho will arrange a car to pick you up and take you for the residency.

By plane

You can take the plane to either Lisbon or Faro international airports and then rent a car, or take the express bus passing in Aljustrel. From Aljustrel you can take a taxi to Messejana (the trip by taxi takes 10 minutes and costs about 10 euros).

By car

Take the A2 Motorway and exit in Aljustrel. Messejana is 9km away from Aljustrel. Messejana is in the heart of Baixo Alentejo region, 150 km away from Lisbon in the north and 150km away from the Algarve in the South.

Nearest airport

Lisbon or Faro International Airports

Contact information

Buinho Creative Hub
Rua Nova de Sao Bras, 43
7600 Messejana


Phone: +351918283288

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