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3D Printing - Lilia Levine

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Gender empowerment - Saige Baxter

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Community engagement - Rakshita Mittal

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Land art - Elena Boccini

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Bedroom accommodation example

Bedroom accommodation example

Buinho Residency Program (Portugal)

Messejana, Portugal

The Buinho Residency program is directed at creatives and researchers from different backgrounds.

Buinho creative hub opened in Alentejo (Southern region of Portugal) with the support of a curatorial team with over ten years of experience in the organization support of other residency programs in Portugal.

Since 2016, Buinho has been successfully growing the number of applications making it a sought-after artistic residency program. Today Buinho is a European reference for being among the only artistic residencies based on a Fablab that enhances creative experimentation.

We started with only one house which accommodated two residents and the fablab, but today we have three houses, shared and individual studios, the digital fabrication workshop, and exhibition spaces. And finally, together with the local municipality, we now also offer access to a metalworking workshop dedicated to sculpture and plastic recycling.

We have since then received visual artists, performance artists, photographers, curators, writers, sculptors, designers, media artists, confirming the eclectic nature of our program.

Buinho is one of the very first rural FabLabs in Portugal, that provides artists with endless possibilities for experimentation. We enable our residents to work and engage with 3D Printing, Lasercut, CNC, and more in one of the most sunniest part of Europe. For more information visit


Rua Nova de Sao Bras, 43
7600-346 Messejana

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Embedded in historic site
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 3 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Electronic Arts
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
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
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Research support
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
Professional development support and/or trainings
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

Artists interested in participating should send by email ( a short curriculum, motivation letter and description of the project. Equally important is to mention the proposed dates for the residency (start and length).

Applications are evaluated by an advisory committee and take into consideration the following parameters:
a) artistic quality;
b) relevance of the project;
c) motivation of the candidate.

Our AIR program values multidisciplinarity, so we expect the acceptance of creatives from different backgrounds, media, and experiences.  We also try to support emerging artists that seek opportunities for international visibility and curriculum. The level of scrutiny of the portfolio's quality is proportionate to the artist's experience. Although Buinho AIR residency program is self-funded in order to cover the operational expenses, we can offer special conditions to struggling artists, depending on the availability of spaces and relevance of the proposed project.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Fees 2023

We do not have public or private funding for the residencies, and aside from the normal house bills and work consumables, we have a full-time person just for production support of the residencies. As such, we have to apply fees, but we do keep the fees to a minimum since we are a not-for-profit association based in a rural area.

We try to differentiate the value of the residency fees according to the characteristics of the accommodation since each house offers bedrooms and spaces with different dimensions and privacy. 

Monthly fees are the following:

1. São João larger bedroom with private bathroom - 850€;

2. São João other two bedrooms - 750€;

3. Joaquina's studio-house - 900€;

Accompanying person has a 50% discount but must share the accommodation. It is an additional measure to support couples, artists with children, or possible artistic collaborations.

The minimum duration of each residency is two weeks and the maximum is three months. Residencies should start either on the 1st or on the 15th of each month.

Please note that after the acceptance in Buinho AIR program, we will ask for an initial deposit of 50% of the total value of the stay. The remaining 50% is to be paid during the first week of residency. For payment of the deposit, the resident can choose either bank transfer or PayPal payment. Buinho will issue a receipt or send a formal acceptance letter if needed.

Cancellation requests with a full reimbursement of the deposit should be made by writing within 4 months before the start of the residency program period. All other cancellations will not result in a refund but the applicant is invited to change the dates of the artistic residency program´s period of stay.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Accessibility Contact Name
Monica Reis
Accessibility Contact Email
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Most of the activities and working spaces do not pose restrictions to mobility.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Joaquina's house is not wheelchair or mobility accessible since it possesses staircases.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Residents have access to private kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

Buinho FabLab is divided into two main spaces:
- The workshop, which is equipped with CNC mills, two laser cutters, a resin 3D printer,vand various tools and machines for woodwork and prototyping.
- The studio which has several 3D Printers, vinyl cutter, sewing machines, several electronics and robotics equipment, controllers, 3D scanner, sensors, and other components to be used in creative
projects. The studio also offers several PC workstations, complemented by two iMacs with adequate software for graphic and product design.

The digital fabrication capabilities offered by the Fablab are complemented by an ecosystem of other technologies and devices that enable a creative and explorative immersion within the digital realms.
Our PLAY Lab equipment is used primarily to support the educational mission of Buinho. It is also available for those residents that want to experiment with physical computing, interactive environments, sound, among others. It includes:

MicroControllers and electronic prototyping platforms- Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's, Microbits, LilyPad, MakeyMakey Robotic Kits - Mbot, Little Bits, Cubetto, Arduino based rovers (NiCo's) Electronic Bench - Variable power supply, oscilloscope, multimeter, soldering stations, calipers, precision tools, etc.

Electronic Components - Arduino sensors kits, conductors, resistors, capacitors, breadboards, jumpers, perfboards, DC motors, stepper motors, servo motors, etc

Other relevant equipment - Kinnect, Virtual Reality Head Mount, Leap Motion, Sewing Machine.


Precious Plastic ( is a global community composed by individuals and groups that are working towards a solution to plastic pollution. Knowledge, tools, and techniques are
shared online, for free.
Our workspace is connected and spread through Messejana. The plastic waste is separated and deposited by the local's in specific points created by us, and then brought to the Plastic Recycling Center. There, a group of Buinho volunteers transform the plastic waste in raw material and use it to produce products that are given back to the local community.
The Buinho Precious Plastic is also a part of the makerspaces network, It is located in the local municipality workstation enabling users to work in metal and machine-building using specific
equipment and workspaces.

Besides all the technological and digital apparatus, Buinho also possesses art studios in both Joaquina´s and Sao Joao houses where AiR can find the space and light to further develop their projects. We also provide heavy duty easels to those that require larger dimension canvas, and some material for painting from past residencies.

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dedicated Metal Shop
Heavy Metals / Blacksmithing
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Soldering Workspace
Acetylene/Air Torches
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Lighting Studio/Green Screen
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Bending Equipment
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Tech hours
Studios/facilities Details
Heat and Cool control access