Residency accomodation in one of the individual guesthouses from Cerdeira Village project:
Residency with accomodation in a shared room in the Residências building
Both options have access to the spacious and full of light shared studio that will allow residents to work freely and in perfect conditions. Get the 10% early bird discount for registrations completed up 3 months prior to the starting date.
Cerdeira - Home for Creativity is a community of arts based in a very special place: Cerdeira, one of the classified schist villages in Serra da Lousã, and a secular small place surrounded by fresh brooks and silence, in an ocean of mountains in the centre of Portugal. This village was abandoned in the late 70's for social and economic reasons and its rural architectural heritage is now almost completely restored, considering the importance of ecological and sustainable aspects, and the aim is to give it a new life and meaning. The fifteen traditional houses have all the comfort of a modern one, but with no distractions (there’s no TV and internet access is limited to Café da Videira and Atelier). Each of the houses was intervened by contemporary artisans who created parts and decorations inspired by the village and its natural surroundings. Besides the houses you can find an oven-house that can be used for baking and traditional cooking, craft gallery, library, laundry, coffee and the shared studios prepared for nearly all kinds of art work with special wood and ceramic facilities.
In 2015 the Japanese ceramist and kiln builder Masakazu Kusakabe was invited to lead the construction of his woodfiring Sasukenei Smokeless Kiln for ceramics (800 L) and today, the kiln is part of the equipment for artists and a unique masterpiece in Portugal that recovers ancient techniques used in contemporary ceramics dramatically glazed experience through 36 hours at 1600 degrees: more than firing it’s an experience.
In 2017 Cerdeira Arts and Crafts School was launched with the core mission to become a space for teaching traditional techniques that come out of intemporal lineages, and a space for creativity and art making aligned with contemporary dialogue. Cerdeira Arts and Crafts Schools group of experienced Masters share an artistic and cultural pedagogy based on values of respect for the voice and sensibility of each individual as well as the lineage and tradition of their artistic area. They offer structured courses based on a deep understanding of the principles involved in the aesthetic, creative and manual learning processes and they involve live practical demonstrations, visual displays and lectures, as well as the time spent practicing together, with moments of reflection and exchange. The largest building in the village is the House of Arts - a four flour building that hosts the creative group activities - was rebuilt using only schist stone, clay and chestnut wood.
Although not mandatory, artists are encouraged to do a presentation, workshop or exhibition.
Spacious and full of light shared studio that will allow residents to work freely. The program is aimed to artists and creative individuals looking for an escape from the stress and business of their routine and having new creative experience or just taking some time for themselves. They provide the artists with basic support, linens and towels and weekly trips to Lousã, the next town with a weekly vegetable market and supermarket.
Residents are required to bring what they need for their creative practice including art materials and personal computers if necessary. If there are any kind of materials / machines / tools you need, just talk to them in advance to know if they have them available in the village or where and how you can find them.