PADA is an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon’s South Bay, founded in 2018 by Tim Ralston (UK) and Diana Cerezino (PT).
Set in a derelict industrial park with history dating back to 1885, PADA offers artists time and space to develop their practice through the exploration of technique and process.
As a cultural resource, PADA promotes interaction between national and international artists, the local community and surrounding region via our Residency, Studio & Gallery Programmes.
PADA is located within the old Companhia União Fabril (CUF) industrial park in Barreiro.
From 1875 until the company was nationalised as a result of the Carnation revolution in 1974, CUF was the largest corporation in Portugal, exporting products worldwide an employing 10 000 people. Under the control of the industrialist Alfredo da Silva, CUF utilised resources from throughout the Portuguese colonies producing a diverse range of goods from petrochemicals to carpets.
From the 1980’s the company slipped in to decline and now largely abandoned and under the management of Baia do Tejo the area is redefining itself.
PADA have access to restricted areas where the old brutalist remains of the CUF empire stand. Crumbling concrete structures, vast empty warehouses and the alien landscapes of the now decontaminated pyrite fields.
The Industrial Park is home to 3 museums that document the fascinating history of the area and PADA are working with the historians and curators of these spaces to give artists access to the archives in order to bring a new audience to the history of CUF.
Diana grew up in Lisbon but lived in London from 2007-2018, moving there to study Fine Art at the University of the Arts London. Diana has extensive experience in the arts, having worked in various galleries and projects for the last 10 years, most recently as assistant to Alison Jacques. In this time she has gained invaluable experience, in particular as an artist liaison and project management.
As an artist, Diana makes abstract geometric paintings that explore colour and composition. A lifelong dedication to the tiling of pure colour has led to a unique style that owes a lot to the history of azulejos in Portugal.
Born and raised in South London, Tim has been working in the arts for nearly 15 years, having finished 7 years at art school. A classically trained painter, he is most interested in the fabrication and the technical aspects of art-making. This has led him to work for London institutions and galleries such as the BFI, ICA, Tate and Hauser and Wirth, fabricating, curating and installing exhibitions.
He has worked as an assistant and fabricator to many artists including Damien Hirst, Raqib Shaw and Julian Opie, amongst others.