OBRAS has its principal seat in Portugal and an auxiliary establishment in Holland. OBRAS-Holland uses a spacious mansion, in a village surrounded by nature and with good public-traffic connections to bigger towns. Several museums are near enough to include them in an easy bicycle tour.
The two locations: OBRAS-Portugal and OBRAS-Holland, have similar goals: providing space, service, peace and hospitality necessary for effective creative work in art and science. There are differences between OBRAS-Portugal and OBRAS-Holland: while OBRAS-Portugal is a kind of art colony where up to 10 artists can be accommodated, OBRAS-Holland can host only one person, or two artists working on the same project, or an artist couple.
OBRAS-Portugal is situated in nature, while OBRAS-Holland is in a village.
In Portugal the communication with your host can be on a daily basis and cultural events can be organized, while in Holland you live and work largely on your own.
Another difference is of course the climate. Holland has an oceanic climate with mild summer, moderately cold winter and rain (800 mm) evenly distributed over the year. In Portugal, the summer is hot and the winter mild, while rain (600 mm) is largely concentrated in April and November.
An extensive introduction of OBRAS,
including guidelines and rates is on the
Introduction of OBRAS-Holland page.
Have a look at the list of residents.
An impression of nature around the residency is on this page.
There is an online application form and a downloadable Application form.