Quinta das Relvas
Quinta das Relvas is a non-profit NGO located in Branca, in the municipality of Albergaria-a-Velha in Portugal, and is dedicated to non-formal education activities in the areas of Arts and Sustainability. Quinta das Relvas headquarters are placed in a farm, that has a unique natural heritage in terms of native fauna and flora, as well as a rich history with the local population (it is an 18th century manor house where several families have lived).
Here, Quinta das Relvas’ team works daily to promote and develop activities capable of training participants and staff in the association's areas of activity (Arts and Sustainability) through the sharing of knowledge in events of various kinds, including conferences, workshops, artistic residencies, and exchanges. The target audience of Quinta das Relvas is, in particular, young adult in training, at the beginning of their careers, giving priority to those who are in some way disadvantaged and / or at risk, in a local, national and international context.
Sending participants to international activities through training and exchange programs, free of charge, is also one of the association’s fields of action. The organization has a multidisciplinary team with elements working in the fields of event management, education, plastic and performing arts, architecture, meditation, permaculture, among others.
This program was created to fulfill a need and a demand from people that contacted us before, willing to work at the farm on their personal projects. With this in mind, we applied our expertise from other projects of ours such as GRÃO - Residência Artística e de Investigação (AIR program for national emerging artists) to create this new AIR with unique characteristics that we believe will empower our artists in residence, both in personal and artistic ways.
The association is open to the initiatives of our artists residents, (such as organizing workshops, talks, events that engage local community etc…) and we will have a member of our team available to help materialize any initiatives that may be proposed.
Donation of an artwork of choice (mostly for visual arts and literature) or a public presentation like a concert or performance (mostly for musicians or performative artists).
The studio is a wood and glass structure, full of natural light, placed in the middle of the forest with a total of 80 m2. Residents can work in other places of the farm such as the workshop, outside etc. It can host painters, sculptures, digital art makers, video makers, performing artists, land art artists, ceramists (we have a wood oven) literature, sound artists etc. Land art artists or sculptors can make interventions and installations (temporary or permanent) in the site.
There are more rooms than the ones that will be available to the residents, since there is often other activities happening in the association.
The rooms will be available in shared accommodation, and can be either in an apartment or in glamping tents (maximum of 2 people per tent) completely equipped (with normal bed, lamps, electricity sockets etc) depending on the season to each residents apply (spring, autumn)
Basic working furniture such as table, chair, wood planks, easel etc;
Access and usage of tools available in the association;
Artists who apply for this AIR program must will be producing work in a rural environment, which brings with it challenges that require the availability of the resident to adapt to them, such as the coexistence with natural and animal life, and a greater dependence on weather conditions.
The residency is located in a farm, in a small village in the countryside of Portugal.
The farm, with a lot of natural fauna and flora, holds different spaces with different characteristics. Theres is a lot of open space with hundreds of different flora species (trees, flowers, bushes etc), a veggie garden, a green house, an animal shelter for the resident animals (rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks etc..) a wooden structure full of natural light placed in the middle of the woods, that will serve as a studio (residents are welcome to work in other spaces of the farm, including outside), an equipped workshop with lots of tools residents can use (under request), a pool, shared accommodation (either in dormitory apartment or in a glamping tent - depending on the season), smoking area (is not permitted to smoke in other areas of the farm to prevent polluting and fires), shared kitchen, dry toilets and showers, and normal toilets and showers, etc.