THE INDUSTRIAL PARK
PADA is located in the old textile area of CUF’s Industrial Park, and today, is surrounded by light industry and various fabrication businesses.
Large sections of the area are in ruins and the remains of what was once a large industrial power now stand empty and in disrepair. This section is restricted but we are able to get limited access to provide tours and to facilitate projects. Within one section of the park, the empty warehouses are being repopulated, particularly with many contemporary craftsmen working with printing, mould making, industrial paint manufacture and metal work.
PADA is located in the picturesque town of Barreiro, a medium-sized city on the South Bank of the River Tagus (20 minutes from Lisbon by ferry).
Barreiro was the main industrial city in Portugal and Spain until 1970 and is known for its political and industrial history. Since the 70’s, Barreiro has been slowly redefining its identity, without losing its main characteristics inherited from history. Barreiro is known for its cooperation, creativity, resilience and hospitality, combined with a strong sense of identity and connection with the ever-present river Tagus.
The studios comprised of 1000 sq.meter. warehouse with a partial mezzanine. The facility encompasses six open-plan studios for artist-in-residency (60sqm per artist) and eight semi-enclosed private studios for allocated for PADA’s local artists.
The building also houses a reading room and library, a kitchen, and living area, all of which are open for all residents’ use.
PADA’s facilities also include a workshop with hand and power tools and material storage alongside our exhibition and Project Space.
Through these facilities, we encourage and facilitate ambitious work, and the collaborative environment of the studio and the communal aspects of the residence help foster dialogue, exchange of ideas, creative experimentation and both personal and professional connections.
We curate our own monthly programme of exhibitions as well as hosting projects and accepting proposals from curators and artists looking to explore the facilities.
PADA hosts a 100m2 dedicated gallery and project space as well as exciting satellite locations throughout the industrial park for interventions, installations and events.