Artists In Residency Programme

RAIZVANGUARDA (RV) is an international and independent cultural platform, aiming to bring people together across cultures, countries, and communities, using art as working language. RV aims to support the creation, production, and dissemination of art, becoming a platform for artists and cultural agents, promoting creative collaborations and exchange of artistic practices between organizations, practitioners, and theorists.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAMME: Through its Residency Programme, RV selects individuals or small groups (2-6 people) with practical, creative, and original proposals twice a year and provides them with the environment needed to bring projects to life; whether it’s starting a publication, recording an album, shooting a film, producing a dance performance, curating an exhibition, or writing a script. Through the residency program, residents are provided with the opportunity to live and work in Bordeiro, Góis (artists house and studio), developing their individual projects and immersing themselves in the region’s creative, rural and peaceful atmosphere.

ACCESS TO SPACES: We offer access to 2 large studios/exhibition spaces 40m2, 1 smaller studio space, storage room, kitchen, and toilet. In addition to the above, you’ll have access to the building’s vegetable and fruit garden where produce is shared with artists during harvest periods.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Video projector, screen, video camera, 1 laptop computer (for communal use), dark room, a keyboard for musicians, and some basic paint supplies. You will have access to office facilities including printer and scanner.

ADDITIONAL SPACES (dependent on availability): Gois Cultural Centre – 285-seat theatre space with a projector, sound system, backstage facilities and exhibition space in Gois Town Centre. We also have access to a number of other spaces in the area and we are happy to work with artists on finding alternative space to present work.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation and studios are located in Bordeiro, Gois. Artists are provided with space in a gender neutral shared living quarters: shared 6-bed dorm, bathroom (based outside of the building), storage room, shared kitchen and dining/living area. Residents also have access to outdoor space, balcony, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi connection, a bike for local travel (the residency is loc15-minute minute cycle from Gois village center), weekly cleaning service, and info-pack (sent before arrival). Participants are responsible for covering their daily expenses, including food, visa, travel costs to and from the residency and any additional materials needed to complete their work.
Please note that our studios and spaces are not currently wheelchair accessible.

PRESENTATION OF ARTISTS’ WORK: All artists staying in residence are encouraged and welcome to share the outcome of their residency through a performance, exhibition, workshop, or open rehearsal for the local audience of Gois, however, this is not compulsory. We are also happy to provide feedback on work. Additional performances or exhibitions can be arranged in the neighboring villages or the nearest city, Coimbra if sufficient notice is given. Artists should inform RV at least one month in advance to allow for preparation of these events.

COST: 100 euros per week. Residencies are offered from 2 weeks – 2 months. A 40% deposit will be required shortly after acceptance of residency offer to hold your place. Full payments should be made one month before participants’ arrival through bank transfer or PayPal – please note artists are responsible for covering any transfer charges.

ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA: A sufficient level of English is required.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old – there is no upper age limit for the program. No academic requirements are needed, but if applicants do not have a Bachelor’s degree/equivalent training, they should have had an equal amount of independent work experience.

APPLICATIONS: Please complete the enclosed Application Form and send your application to This should be accompanied by an updated CV, and portfolio (maximum of ten works).

Organisers of residency programme are happy to give advice to successful participants’ applying for grants to cover travel expenses – see our Financial Support for Artists section.

* Note: if you are a small group (6+) and interested in applying or are interested in developing a project, please get in touch to discuss your project needs as it may be possible to find alternative accommodation depending on availability.

Here is what past residents have to say:

“I felt very supported by both the organisers and the volunteers here at RV. They made me feel very welcomed from the start until the end of my residency. The artist accommodation is very spacious and comfortable, The studio spaces are light, quite and ample space” Sandy Sigala, Canada – Film Maker

“Everyone here is extremely helpful, generous and friendly. I felt so welcomed. All of the work for my final performance couldn’t have been done without the help of the team. The studio spaces worked perfectly for me. The spaces are big enough even for people whose work is movement based – great spaces” Andrius Mulokas, Lithuania – Dancer and Performance Artist