Open Call

AIR program in Fablab Buinho (Portugal) – 2020-21


No Funding
Messejana, Portugal


Artists and writers interested in participating should send by email ( a short curriculum, portfolio, and description of the project/work to be developed during the residency. Applications will be evaluated by a curatorial committee and will take into consideration the following parameters: a) artistic quality; b) relevance of the project; c) motivation of the candidate. Writers, researchers, and curators don't require the sending of a portfolio but should send small essays or writing samples that should not exceed 20 pages.

Number of Participants

Buinho AIR provides opportunity to a maximum of five (5) artists, designers, researchers, and writers from different creative backgrounds. Depending on availability residents are welcomed to have visiting guests or partners. We are pet and children friendly, having two different available houses to better accommodate the requests.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 01, 2020 - April 30, 2021


  • €600.00-700.00 program fee (monthly)


Computer Lab, Desk Space, Fabrication Lab, Film Editing Suite, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Sculpture Facility, Shared Studio, Wood Shop


Kitchen, Private Bathroom, Private Housing, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Vegetarian

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Demo Day, Discussion, Exhibition, Group Dinners, Mural Projects, Open Studios, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Animation, Architecture, Augmented Reality, Biotech, Blacksmith, Choreography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Curatorial, Design, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Fiction, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Music Composition, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Robotics, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Tech, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology, Web Design


English, French, Portugese , Spanish

Program Description

Portugal has eased Covid-19 lockdown measures and we are reopening our residency program in August. We adapted our program in full compliance to COVID19 safety recommendations. Living in a rural environment is nowadays an advantage. But Buinho offers more than just a safe place. We are located in the historic town of Messejana, Southern Portugal. Besides the surrounding natural landscape and heritage, our fablab and studios are equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment’s to enhance the possibilities of experimentation of our residents. Besides access to lasercut, 3D printing and other technologies, Buinho also provides free introductory courses and production assistance. The creative residency program of Buinho provides private accommodation and shared work-spaces in two different locations. More information on our website – Some videos we prepared about Messejana: 1. 2.

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