Open Call

Open Call AiR Carpintarias 2020

Carpintarias de São Lázaro

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Lisbon, Portugal


- The AiR Carpintarias 2020 is only for foreign artists with residency out of Portugal. - There is no maximum age limit for the applicants, although applicants have to be at least 18 years old. - Applications only in English and Portuguese language accepted. - Applicants have to hand in the complete documentation (different documents and informations) asked for in the application norms document made available online, through our website: - If you want to participate, make sure that you can be contacted via Skype or Video WhatsApp call, as an obligatory part of the selection process is a Skype or Whatsapp Video conversation. If we can't reach you, we won't be able to consider your application. - We accept applications of artistic duos, but the amount of money available through the Grant for AiR will remain the same amount as for a single artist. But there will be an additional health insurance in case of a double of artists.

Number of Participants

This residency is for one artist or a duo of artists.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 01, 2020 - November 30, 2020


  • €500.00-1000.00 travel budget
  • €1,000.00 stipend (monthly)


Conference Rooms, Individual Studio, Stage


Studio Only


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Exhibition, Open Studios, Seminars, Workshops


Conceptual Art, Documentary, Film, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Moving Image, Multimedia, Sculpture, Video Art, Visual Arts


English, Portugese

Program Description

This AiR is organized by CSL’s Fine Arts Department with the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. We want to challenge artists to create strategies in how to bring together people from neighboring communities, and how to be confronted with Carpintarias de São Lázaro, this new cultural space of contemporary creation. Thus, the leitmotiv of this AiR is the idea of and the reflection on the concept of community. What is ‘community’ and how is it set-up; how can we build a ‘community’ through contemporary art? Many of the neighboring communities and their cultures are based on narratives transmitted during generations, using “story telling” as a strategy to pass on knowledge of the world and of our collective history. Is there a possibility to use “story telling” as a strategy in contemporary art to create a collective memory of the Carpintarias neighborhood? (please find more information about the program's details in the regulations of the Application norms)

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