Artist-in-Residence Programme



PADA is an artist led, not for profit, arts association unique in its support to artists. As a cultural resource, PADA promotes interaction between national and international artists, the local community and surrounding region. Set in a derelict industrial park with a history dating back to 1885, PADA offers artists time and space to develop their practice through the exploration of technique and process.

The residency at PADA welcomes applications from artists in a variety of media for a duration of 1-3 months.

Artists are provided with large studio space and accommodation with a private double bedroom.

The studios can accommodate 6 artists each month wishing to immerse themselves in their work and/or research.

We provide them with the space to explore practices, concepts, new ideas and materials and to develop a project while receiving feedback and support.

Set in an industrial park in Barreiro on Lisbon’s South Bay, artists will be surrounded by history as well as contemporary craftsmen providing inspiration, material knowledge and the resources for experimentation and production.

At the beginning of the residency, PADA will host tours of Lisbon and the surrounding area alongside local experts and historians.


Selected artists/curators will have the chance to live and work in Lisbon’s South Bay and to participate in a range of activities such as discussions, studio visits and exhibition tours. Participants are also encouraged to propose talks and workshops, and to engage with the local art scene. The support, networks and creative environment offered by PADA encourages professional/artistic development and international contacts.

The residency program is run in conjunction with PADA’s Studio & Gallery Programmes, the artists benefit from collaboration with these programmes and interaction with a variety of national and international artists. At the end of the residency, artists are invited to use the Gallery space at PADA to present the work that has been developed during their stay.

The basic cost for 1 month in residence is €950 and covers all studios facilities and accommodation. PADA is happy to assist artists wishing to apply for funding. This can be requested within the application form and we recommend beginning the process well in advance. For more information please read our Residency Guidelines below.

Past Artists in Residence.

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