Aviário Studio Art Residency

computer desk with library on the background

computer desk with library on the background

electric kiln, sink and table

electric kiln, sink and table

large formate printmaking press and glass tables

large formate printmaking press and glass tables

exhibition room

exhibition room

Aviário Studio Art Residency

Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal

An art residency provides the technical conditions, time, and space to develop ideas and try new approaches. It is a moment that promotes connection between artists from different backgrounds and consequently the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Aviário Studio Art Residency aims to promote exploration and production in the Visual Arts. Artists can develop projects using a medium or a combination of technologies. Aviário Studio is an artist-run space with workshops equipped to develop projects on Printmaking, Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Sculpture, Installation, Drawing, Painting, Photography and Bookbinding.

The program is customized according to the participating artist’s goals regarding duration, outcome and focus.  We offer the conditions to test possibilities and materialize ideas. On one hand, it can be a moment of transition, more connected to experimentation and research; on the other hand, it can be the point of consolidation of a project translated into the production of a new body of work.



Estrada da Ribeira de São Silvestre
10, Chão da Serra
2240-334 Ferreira do Zêzere

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 6 months
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Graphic Design
Installation Arts
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Paper Arts
Visual Arts
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for fellow residents
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Art production support
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Access to training on new artistic techniques and/or apprenticeship
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

Online Applications

No application fees


Application Requirements: 

  • Artists have to make sure when applying that they are able to cover the costs of the Residency fee, travel, materials and food.
  • Artists must be over 21 years old at the time of their arrival.


To apply please send the following information to aviariostudio@gmail.com

- Full Name

- Email Address

- Phone Number

- Nationality

- Birth Date

- Starting and finishing dates of the residency

- Brief description of your project 

- Summarized Work Plan for the duration of the residency

- List of equipments/tools needed


Artist Stipend
Euro (EUR)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
Euro (EUR)
Fee Details

Residency Fee includes :

- accommodation in a shared house,

- studio access during opening hours (Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

- technical assistance on demand

-1 hour of project discussion/technical assistance per artist per day

-access to the workshops and equipment according to each participant experience


2 weeks - 540 €

3 weeks - 790 €

4 weeks - 1040 €

5 weeks - 1290 €

6 weeks - 1540 €

7 weeks - 1790 €

8 weeks - 2040 €

9 weeks - 2290 €

10 weeks - 2540 €

11 weeks - 2790 €

12 weeks - 3040 €

4 months - 4040 €

5 months - 5040 €

6 months - 6040 €


Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

At the moment we do not have any grant available, but we encourage artists to apply for external financial support.

Application Fee
Euro (EUR)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Local arrangements coordinated by resident
Local arrangements coordinated by staff
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Cristiana Fernandes
Accessibility Contact Email
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Common/Communal Spaces Information

Artists will be hosted in a shared house in the center of Ferreira do Zêzere, 2 km/1,24 mi away from Aviário Studio. 

The house is on the ground floor, has three double bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and a toilet, a full-equipped kitchen, and some outside space.

Each artist has clean sheets and towels each week. 

There is wi-fi in the house.

There are four bicycles to share. Each weekday there is a ride from the house to the studio at 10 a.m. and a ride back to the home from the studio at 6 p.m. 


What is not included:

  • meals
  • cleaning service during the stay (paid service under request)
Additional Housing Information
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details


  • Krause Book Binding Press 56 x 75 cm - 22,05 x 29,53 in
  • Cutting Table 240 x 140 cm - 94,49 x 55,12 in
  • Paper Guillotine 80 cm - 31,5 in
  • Sewing Machine



  • Polymetaal Press 260 x 140 cm - 102,36 x 55,12 in
  • Reig Press 100 x 60 cm - 39,37 x 23,62 in
  • Paper Soaking Sink
  • Glass Inking Tables



  • Printer/Scanner A4 -A3 Color
  • Cutting Plotter 120 cm/47,24 in



  • UV Light Exposure Unit 150 x 120 cm - 59,06 x 47,24 in
  • 2 Drying Racks
  • Screen Printing Tables



  • Analog & Digital Camera
  • Photography Dark Room (Black and White)



  • Individual spaces
  • Wood board for paper and fabric



  • Painting Booth
  • Air Compressor 200 L




  • Band Saw
  • Wood Sanding Machine
  • Circular Saw
  • Router
  • Bench Drill Press
  • Stationary Jig Saw
  • Woodworking Lathe
  • Stationary Planner
  • Miter Saw



  • Welding Machine
  • Miter Saw
  • Bench Drill Press
  • Bench Grinder
  • Press Brake 100 cm/39,37 in
  • Metal Guillotine 100 cm/39,37 in
  • Slip Roll Machine 100 cm/39,37 in



  • Bench Saw
  • 3D Printer
  • Hot Air Gun 



  • Electric Kiln  220L (1260º)
  • Electric Kiln 70 x 50 x 40 cm - 27,56 x 19,69 x 15,75 in (1200º)
  • 2 Electrical Pottery Wheels
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Electric Kiln
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Bench Grinder
Darkroom (Black And White)
Printers + Scanner
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Book Arts Facilities
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Hot Plates
Metal Plate Shear
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Acid Room
Silkscreen Studio
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by dedicated tech
Air Conditioned
Additional Studio Information

Aviário Studio is a creative playground in the countryside, right in the middle of Portugal. The building is a renovated aviary immersed in nature and just 2 km/1,24 mi away from Ferreira do Zêzere town, and 6 km/3,73 mi away from the river Zêzere. 


The studios are a set of workshops, with common spaces and individual workspaces: 

- 1 common area with kitchen and 3 toilets (one adapted for people with reduced mobility)

- 1 room for the development of projects with irregular dimensions and/or materials

- 4 workshops: 

2 are equipped to work image: screen printing, printmaking, digital work, drawing and bookbinding

2 are equipped to work object: wood, metal and ceramics

- large area of outside space