Torrinha artist residence
Torrinha residence is located in the old town Cedofeita district, the crowned art district of Porto. The residents will be staying one street away from Rua de Miguel Bombarda, known as home to most independent contemporary art galleries, second-hand shops, concept stores and cafés. The biggest museums can be reached by a short walk from the residence, as well as Porto Municipal gallery, located in the beautiful Palácio de Cristal gardens by the Douro river. The residence’s location is close enough to the most important monuments of the city and to the nightlife district yet far away enough to ensure a good night of sleep.
Torrinha residence is placed in a 3 story house, built in the late 19th century. The house welcomes its visitors with a traditional tiled facade, tall ceilings, and an authentic skylight above a wooden staircase. The inside area is approximately 250 m2 (2690 ft2), although it is divided into smaller rooms and workplaces. A characteristic area of the house is a large glass-covered veranda, serving as a workspace with a great source of natural light or a gathering area. The house has a fully equipped kitchen with a small dining nook and two bathrooms with a bathtub, WC, and a bidet. The house offers 4 separate single bedrooms and 3 shared studios. Like many old houses in Porto, Torrinha house does not have central heating, electric heaters are provided during the winter season. The residents are expected to share the common areas as well as the studios.
Torrinha studios' programme is grounded on the principles of personal exploration, professional development, connection, co-living, and collaboration. The residence offers a tightly bound communal way of living and creating amongst other artist professionals in the heart of the Porto art scene. The programme of the residence aims to offer conditions for residents to develop an informal critique routine, with visits from art professionals from the local area. Torrinha team members organize visits to local galleries, museums, artist-run institutions and local artist studios. The programme is not strictly designed for artistic production, but the organisers encourage and assist artists in organizing open studios, workshops, pop-up exhibitions and performances.
Artistic production is not required. Residents can use the time in the best way that they see fit. Torrinha is perfect for research, exploration and reflection. The organisers encourage and assist artists in organizing open studios, workshops, pop-up exhibitions and performances. Torrinha residence provides space for a group show of resident artist's work.
Torinha residence provides resident artists with 3 shared studio spaces: a veranda studio, an attic studio and a smaller 2nd-floor studio. The veranda studio is a spacious room covered in traditional Portuguese tiles and surrounded by large windows. It is filled with natural light, although in the winter months it can be less comfortable because of the low temperature. The attic studio has one large window and is suitable for sharing between two people. The 2nd-floor studio is smaller and has only artificial lighting. Each studio is equipped with work desks, easels and studio lights. Torrinha studios can not offer specific equipment, apart from a projector and a simple sound system, but can assist residents in obtaining upon request in advance.
The residents are expected to share the studios on independent agreement amongst themselves. They can also use their bedrooms as workspaces if their practice allows it. The house is not suitable for large-scale projects, dance rehearsals, etc., although additional workspace can be negotiated upon request in advance. Torrinha residence offers residents a possibility to take up azulejos (ceramic tile marbling) and ceramic modeling workshops in two of their partners' studios.
Residents are encouraged to organize open studios, workshops, talks, screenings, etc. in the Torrinha house. They can use any desired area of the house for installing their work or holding a performance during an organized event.
Torrinha residence can host 4 artists in 4 single bedrooms. Two bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor, and both of the room's windows face the street. The other two bedrooms are located on the 3rd floor – the attic. The attic rooms have one small skylight window each. Each room is fully furnished with a queen-size bed, table, clothing rack, dresser, bedside table and mirror.