Foundation OBRAS runs an art residencies program.
We aim to provide an atmosphere for inspiration and effective working. The focus is on residencies for (emerging) professional artists. Occasionally exhibitions, concerts and master classes are organised.
Most activities take place in a rural area of Portugal, in a carefully renovated quinta with eight apartments, two cottages and five artists’ studios. The region is full of culture and history, and the nature is inviting and mysterious. The weather is warm in summer (with cool nights full of stars) and mild in winter.
In Holland OBRAS has an auxiliary establishment: a beautiful mansion with place for two artists, in a village surrounded by nature and with good connections to bigger cities.
Since 2004 OBRAS hosted 450 artists from 40 countries for residencies of 3 to 10 weeks and organized 75 cultural events such as exhibitions and concerts.
Proximidade is an exhibition with Dasha Sitnikova (Russia) in the fortress of Evoramonte, Portugal. She used hundreds of paper tubes and light to get shadow lines and 3d forms. The work investigates relations of the human being with its surroundings, and more specifically the conflicting perceptions of vacuum, emptiness and recognition. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 23 September 7pm, and will last until 23 October. Dasha Sitnikova is resident in September at OBRAS Portugal.
Poong-gyung in Evoramonte is the name of the dance performance by BARINAMO, a Korean art collective of Bari Kim and Namo. It will take place on 23 September, 7 pm. The duration is 30 minutes.
Poong- gyung is a Korean word with two meanings. One is Landscape, the other is Windchime (a device that moves with the wind). With Poong-gyung the artists investigate how to feel and express all the changes and movements at the moment.
Bari Kim and Namo are residents in September at OBRAS Portugal.
Addoley Dzegede (USA), resident in June, made short movies. One: as loucas, was selected for "Somebodies Reality", a Short Movie Festival in St Louis, Minnesota. See residents for more info on the artist.
On 22 August, Nuno Veiga (Pt, living in London) and Melina Peña (Mexico, living in Barcelona) presented AIANDO: a multimedia event (performance, sound, images) in the Castle of Evoramonte. The project took the visitor through a sensory experience, inspired by the landscape of Alentejo. An impression is in the newsletter.
Kimberly Trowbridge, currently resident at OBRAS Portugal, was informed some days ago that she is among the four finalists of the Neddy Award, a major arts competition in the US. Listen to an interview with her.
“Rainha Santa Isabel”: a painting by Sally Stafford that was part of the summer exhibition in the Castle Evoramonte (May-August) is now part of the art collection of the Municipality of Estremoz. It will be exhibited at the visitors centre of the town hall. More info on the summer exhibition in on residents info.
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