Gulbenkian Residency in the School of Arts, Porto

The School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal , Porto, Portugal
Deadline: 30 April 2020

Gulbenkian Residency in the School of Arts, Porto

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the School of Arts will provide a residency to an international artist or curator to develop their work for a period of three months, between September and December 2020.



The School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal is based in Porto and ofers graduate and undergraduate courses in Film, Music, Sound, Photography, New Media, Heritage and Conservation. The selected candidate should be able to articulate/integrate the aforementioned research areas in the work to be developed during the residency. The School of Arts facilities include sound recording studios and equipment, editing rooms and filming equipment, a MoCap room, a Chroma Key studio, a fabrication lab, besides painting and sculpture studios.


The goal of the residency program is to provide space, time and assistance for research, experiment and production in the development of the selected candidate body of work. The result of the residency will be publicly presented in a format to be discussed with the School of Arts upon arrival (exhibition, performance, conference, concert, talk).


Conditions of the residency
The residency program is fully funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation and covers accommodation, meals (during weekdays), travel (up to 500€ for Europe-based artists and up to 1000€ for artists based in other continents), a monthly allowance of 450€ and an extra 500€ for material expenses. Through the research institutes of the school (CCD, CITAR) the final presentation might be considered eligible for a production grant.

Applicants from outside the Schengen area will receive support for the Visa application.


The residency accepts applications from international artists and curators at any stage of practice.
Applications by Portuguese artists or artists who have been resident in Portugal in the last 3 months will not be considered.


Presentation of Applications
All candidates should deliver the following documents in English or Portuguese:

  • full-cv;
  • portfolio
  • motivation letter;
  • a brief synopsis of the project to be developed;


Selection Committee
A selection committee, composed of Nuno Crespo (dean of the School of Arts), Guilherme Blanc (Culture Advisor for the Porto Municipality) and Cristina Grande (senior curator at the Serralves Museum), will make a pre-selection of candidates. The final selection is a joint responsibility of the Gulbenkian Foundation and the School of Arts.


Ownership and copyright
The selected candidate will hold all the ownership rights of the work developed during the residency. The selected candidate accepts to authorize the use of images from the work developed during the residency and grants their image rights for the production of materials with communication, scientific and educational purposes.


Residency Rules
The selected artist is expected to engage in the activities of the School of Arts and be available to present their work processes to the students and in a public presentation, to be scheduled. The selected artist must also be available to be interviewed for research and communication purposes. The artist can freely set their working schedule, according to the availability of labs and materials that he might need, but he should be available to meet with the residency supervisors if it is requested in advance.



  • The Call will be open from March 6th until April 30th
  • The final decision will be announced on June 22nd after a thorough analysis
  • The residency will start on September 15th and run until December 15th.


Every aspect or question not covered in their open call will be analyzed and decided by the School of Arts. For further inquiries please contact or


How to Apply

6 – Submissions
The application should be sent via email to the following email address referring to 2020 Gulbenkian Residency in the School of Arts open call:


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