Foundation OBRAS runs an art residencies program.
We aim to provide an atmosphere for inspiration and effective working. The focus is on residencies of 3 to 12 weeks, while 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 400 artists from 38 countries for residencies and organized 70 cultural events such as exhibitions and concerts.
At this moment James Westwater (USA) has a solo exhibition: Edgeponies, at Mad Dooley Gallery in Beacon, New York. It features new paintings and drawings from two bodies of work: Finding Pegasus and Edges. The show opened January 4.
Finding Pegasus is a series that Westwater began in September 2013, while an artist-in-residence at OBRAS-Portugal. It involves found objects from rural Portugal, paintings, photography, and works on paper that feature the eponymous mythical winged horse.
A large exhibition of the Pegasus series is planned for Portugal in 2015. The show will include installations and sculptures, such as a winged motorcycle, symbol of Westwater’s restless spirit as a young man, when he owned 30 motorcycles over the years and spent much of his time traveling and moving back and forth between the United States and Europe.
At this moment not only James Westwater has an exhibition with links to his residency at OBRAS-Portugal. The same applies to Jacobien the Rooij and to Karin Gerfen. Jacobien de Rooij has a solo-exhibition: Door het krijt heenkijken (Looking through the chalk). Gallerie Zwaluwkamer, Den Haag (Holland) 10 February-30 April. Karin Gerfen made an installation: Wireworld, for the group exhibition „State of the arts” in the Stedelijk museum, Zwolle (Holland). 16 February-6 May. See the Newsletter for more information.
Ingrid Simons (Holland) just published her art book: Só os caminhos eram meus.
Ingrid is a visual artist and resident for one month per year at OBRAS. She made an art book as a tribute to Portugal. It tells about the influence of Portugal on her paintings, silkscreens, azulejos and flower vases. Apart from many images it contains two introductions by Anke Schaeffers (Dutch Embassy, Lisbon) and Jos Wilbrink (BKKC) and eight letters by art lovers who reflect on her work. The book is printed in a limited, numbered and signed edition of 100 of which 30 are for sale (50€). email@example.com, www.ingridsimons.com
In October-December 2013 Sandra Trujillo (USA) worked on an amazing installation with ceramic figurines. The title: Women at work, refers to the Mexican laborers who are working in Sandra’s home state: Georgia (USA) in unpopular jobs under poor conditions for low salaries, longing for a better future for themselves or their relatives. An impression is in Sandra Trujillo, work in progress.
In March 2014 Erdmute Blach (Germany) will participate with life painting in a concert with Amílcar Vasques-Dias and others.
In a series of residencies Erdmute is working on a solo exhibition that is scheduled for april 2015 in the Palácio de Dom Manuel in Évora.
More info on the artist is in Erdmute Blach.
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