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Artistic Residency '23 
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On the 14th of October, a Conference-Debate will take place at Teatro da Trindade, with guest speakers: Cláudia Lucas Chéu, Nádia Torres and Natália Luiza, in addition to the winners of the artistic residency VAGABUNDAS - CATARINA VIEIRA and MARTA XAVIER.

On the 17th and 18th of October, it is time to show to the public in Lisbon, in the auditorium of the Library of Marvila, the work developed by the artists following the artistic residency. Admission is free

       * CATARINA VIEIRA *                                  *MARTHA XAVIER*

                 "Place x"                              "Mina, Mercedes, Marta - a trialogue"               17 October | 7pm                                        18 october | 7 pm

Get to know more about the two winners through their biographies and synopses of the projects they develop in this Artistic Residency. See also some images from the Open Days at Mina de São Domingos that took place in April, where the artists were able to show the community the work developed to date.
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Marta Xavier

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Catarina Vieira

Interview with Catarina Vieira and Marta Xavier
in Coffeepaste, 21 April 2023

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 theater or performance areasand, of Portuguese nationalityknow what if identistay with the female gender (cisgender or transgender).

1st edition- April '23


During the application period - February - we received 37 applications with many interesting and challenging projects, which made this choice a difficult and tough process, but we had to make a choice and it fell on two young women creators: Marta Xavier and Catherine Vieira.


Congratulations to the two winners, who, during the month of April, are in an Artistic Residency at Mina de São Domingos, Mértola, where they will develop their work with the necessary conditions, taking advantage of this wonderful connection and the generosity of its people to think and create with all the freedom and dignity that women creators still often lack.


But congratulations are also due to all the women who applied for this residency, with all their commitment and dedication. Based on the quality of the proposals we received, we are certain that all these artists will soon have the opportunity to develop and show their work.


The projects' calendar consists of two phases, during the month of April at the S. Domingos Mine (Mértola) and in the month of October in Lisbon:

  • Artistic residency of 1 on April 30, 2023 at Mina de s. Domingos, Mértola;

  • Exhibition - Open Days on April 27th and 28th, 2023 and Conversation with the Artists on April 29th, 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 3 pm 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 October 17th and 18th, at 7 pm.

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