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.
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.