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Artistic Residency '23 
theater and performance

1st editiono - Applications open until Feb 28 '23 

VAGABUNDAS is an artistic creation residency that aims to promote artistic creation in the feminine and in the intersection with the development of decentralized artistic work, particularly in communities with development problems and desertification.

With an annual periodicity, this residency is inspired by the story of Mercedes Blasco, one of the many pseudonyms of Conceição Vitória Marques, and by the name of her best-known literary work “Vagabunda”, a diary of memories of the woman and the artist. Recognizing its importance and having it as an inspiration is to reinforce its existence, its legacy and give it the political relevance that, in life, Mercedes did not have. 


We were inspired by its history to create VAGABUNDAS, an artistic residency for Portuguese women. To do so inland, in Mercedes' home village, in Mina de S. Domingos (Mértola), is to affirm the need for a more decentralized, sustainable and truly accessible and participatory creation.


Artists from the areas of theater or performance, of Portuguese nationality who identify with the female gender (cisgender or transgender).


  • Artistic residency of creation, investigation and research lasting 1 month for two artists selected through open call;

  • Creation scholarship in the amount of €1000 (one thousand euros), for each artist;

  • Workspace at S. Domingos Mine;

  • Accommodation for the period of residence;

  • Cost allowance for travel (1 round trip from your place of residence to Mina de S. Domingo) and food for the period of residence;



  • The project schedule comprises two phases, during the month of April at the S. Domingos Mine (Mértola) and in the month of October in Lisbon:

  • Applicants must be willing to participate in activities:

    • Artist residency from 1st to 30th April 2023 at Mina de s. Domingos, Mértola;

    • Session open to the public on April 29, 2023 at Mina de S. Domingos, Mértola;

    • Session open to the public with the artists Cláudia Lucas Chéu, Natália Luiza and Nádia Torres in a DEBATE-CONFERENCE format on the themes addressed by the artists during the residency on October 14, 2023, at Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon;

    • Session open to the public on the work carried out in residence at the Auditorium of the Library of Marvila (on a date to be defined between 13 and 18 October 2023)


  • Applicant artists must submit their application viaAPPLICATION FORMtogether with a synopsis, descriptive memory of the project, framework in the objectives and note of the artist's path;

  • The project to be developed must be inserted in the context of theater and performing arts;

  • The artistic project to be developed in residency must intersect with the objectives that led Companhia Cepa Torta to create this residency and with some of the related themes.



February 28 '23

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