Built on the site of a Franciscan Convent, founded in 1519 by King Manuel I, the simplicity and minimalism of the Convents architecture is an anachronism to the sumptuous, composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation of the first decades of the 16th century, denominated as Manueline and influenced by the king himself. It was such, the Kings appreciation for the serenity conveyed by the convents modesty that he proﬀered the use of the armillary sphere and his own coat of arms, for its ornament. Extinct in 1834, the convent became private property being lovingly restored over the years by its current owner, and seamlessly adapted into a home including all modern amenities and comforts.
“THE PROJECT OF A FAMILY COMMITTED TO RECOVERING AND REVIVING THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDING AND ITS LAND.”
Research, Experiment & Create: applicants may apply either with a specific project (e.g. completion of a play, an artwork, etc) or with a specific area of research in advance of writing or creating a work of art, on which they would like to work during the residency. Our program welcomes both open-ended investigation, and long-term projects.
WHO CAN APPLY
1. Artists from all nationalities in all areas are welcome to
apply, although the residency main focus is visual arts, sculpture and
new media. Musicians, writters and performing artists (theatre and
dance) are considered under specific projects.
2. The residencies are for individual artists and collectives up
to two artists. Collectives have to share the same room. If you are a
collective with three or more artists please inquiry before applying
WHAT WE EXPECT
1. Artist collaboration with activities proposed by Convento for
the promotion of the artist, such as fund raising or patronage.
2. Artists are requested to donate a work to the MAN
Foundation at the end of their residency. Donated art works are not to
be sold but to constitute a collection that aims to be a reference in
the region of Ribatejo. We will support the production costs, whole or
3. In order to fund future residencies, Convento
Residencies would be delighted to have a small work to produce an
edition of 15 to sell. This is optional and not a condition to
participate in the residency.
4. Once a year the Convento Artist Residency will hold an event showing the artists productions.
WHAT YOU GET
1. Half board twin room in a 17th century convent
2. Five to twenty days stay (exceptionally we might consider residencies shorter than five days and longer than twenty days)
3. Working space
4. Transport from and to Lisbon at the beginning and end of the residency, if needed
5. Artists may share the room with a companion adding a daily fee of 20
6. We are pet friendly
HOW TO APPLY
1. The Convento Art Residencies works both by invitation and online application
2. In case of online application please submit a pdf file
with a statement describing your project and goals, duration of stay,
preferred period of stay, a short bio and a portfolio of previous works.