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ARTErra rural artistic residency

ARTErra, is a private structure of incentive to the creation. In a laboratory logic, the artist finds in the Arterra a house with a series of comforts and a yard of creation, where several spaces for the creation and development of an artistic work with or without public presentation.
We are prepared to receive multidisciplinary art projects.


Tondela: Portugal

Arterra is a artistic residence in a quiet and green small village in the North/Center Portugal. We offered the artists two distinct spaces, the house where they can do the meals, rest, meet,read... And the "creation yard", with different work rooms, sound studio and open air gardens, animals and trees. Also in the main square of our village we have a workshop room that artists can use to work, interact with locals, exhibit work... In the village you have some caffes, minimarkets, bakery, greenhouses, and it´s a safe and tranquile valley where you can walk into a forrest or rivers. Tondela (city) is 4km´s far from the residency. We are committed to do the best we can to provide a good work environment to our guests.


  • Residency Length: 1 week to 6 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 270


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    I ask artists to send me all the following elements to apply to our residency:(you can send by email ongoing)

    - C.V. artist(s) and Bio
    - Portfolio, videos, photos

    - Description of the project to be undertaken ARTERRA out, including the project's objectives, needs and expectations of residence and all the details necessary to understanding the proposal.

    - Dates and Duration(nº of days,weeks) of residence(2 options)

    - Details (needs for meals, work characteristics,tools, number of persons,,nº of rooms,work methodologies, additional information relevant to the work process)

  • Application deadline: December 15
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    For projects that request public presentation we need at least 12 weeks to articulate with the Town Hall of Tondela

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Troy Hourie, Julia Motyka,Corina del Carmel, Karl Ciesluk, Lucie Chan, Akiko Ono, Rossana Moreda, Katrina Naomi, Gaylord Brewer, Tova Kardonne, Noe Kidder, Kadine Anckle, Tristan Jacobs, Christine Comeau, Gil Trythall, Alison White, Shara Lange, Gerda Ritzmann, Milu Sardinha, Marta Silva, Eurico Pereira, Ricardo Valentim, Lynn Dalison, Demetrius Spaneas, Amili Gelbman, Susan Palmisano, Mattea Perotta, Valerie Opielski, Dana Dajani, Tim Hassal, Layla, Merryl Custers, Josep Santamaria, Marie van Praag, Sharleen Bamboat, Marksearch, Mark Adato, Kevin Jesuino,Kim Schonewille,Pat Reynolds,Christine le Roux, Nina Hurny Pimenta,Anita Lee, Ji Hee Lee, Sarah Kaiser,David Somló,Sigrid Keunen etc..

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    The house is very comfortable and well equipped All the common areas are cleaned once a week The rooms are changed and towels and linen provided once a week
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Regarding the food, you can cook in our kitchen that is fully equipped. We also have some fruit and vegetables, and jam´s from our yard that are available for our guests.We also provide a "basic basket" for 4€ if you like with olive oil, oil, salt,sugar,eggs,pepper´s tea,potatoes, garlic, onion,some spices,detergents kitchen papper... Once a week we take residents to shop in Tondela´s supermarket. We can order meals from a local place if you want
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    if partners are not part of the project the cost is 35€ day
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Work spaces open at 10am and close 7pm. If you want to work out of this schedule talk with the staff
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Music studio (non-recording), Music recording studio, Painting, Photography (non-digital), Theater, Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The rooms can be adapted for different needs Recording both Dark room
  • Other facilities and services: -laundry -bike rental -transportation -translation services - coaching

Residency Fees

Budget case by case according to nº of people, nº of weeks, request of materials or tools, need of transportation and production, translation services requested etc... Reference price 1 week 1 person 150€+23%VAT 1 week 2 person (double room) 240€+23%VAT

Stipends / other support

We don´t have any kind of financial support yet, but i can suggest you to find some grants in:

Additional expectations / opportunities

1 book to donate

Contact Information

Rua Nossa Senhora do Crasto nº380
Lobão da Beira
Tondela, 3460-207
Tel: 00351 963779054