English, Spanish and Portuguese
2 weeks to 3 months
Paid by host 

Technical and production support, and communication.

Paid by artist 

Artists are expected to pay for their expenses. The payment includes studio space and private accommodation, which are both in-situ at the houses. Costs vary from €150 a week to €600 a month. These expenses cover housing, use of supplies and studio costs like heating, lighting, and water. Not included are the travel cost and food.

The residency doesn’t provide a health insurance. It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange a valid health insurance for the period of the residency.

Application guidelines 

Please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • A brief description of the work you intend to create or develop during your residency and your reasons for applying
  • Biography / CV
  • Short portfolio
  • The dates which you intend to stay at Buinho (if possible, every residency program, must start in the day 1 of a month)






Buinho aims to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration, and innovation. In 2015 they 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.
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. It 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.


Besides offering open studios, Buinho challenges creatives for special projects in the town museum and public spaces, which engage with the locals.

Accommodation Information 

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 was entirely renovated to provide a modern studio style residence. Here technologies give you a hand to experiment, learn and make. The 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. They also provide some technical courses related to 3D Printing and laser cutting to the residents that may desire.

Studio Information 
  • Private accommodation with kitchen facilities (including fast speed internet connection, TV, kitchen utensils, washing machine, bed linen and towels, art and design library, drawing/design studio, wood, and metals workshop).
  • Shared and private studios suitable for visual artists, designers, writers, etc.
  • Working space (including internet connection, 3D Printers, Lasercutter, CNC, vinyl cutter plotters, woodworking power-tools, computer stations, projectors, easels, working tables, soldering iron for electronics, electric sewing machine).
  • Precious Plastic workshop
  • Support services for the development of the artist project involve free consultancy on production planning, and art & design resources, as well as dissemination of the project in Buinho’s website and organization of a public opening.

Messejana is a small village of 800 inhabitants located in the southern Alentejo region.

Rua Nova de São Brás
7600-346 Messejana

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