Some of the most relevant residencies, projects and events organised by Córtex Frontal in 2019.

HABITAR, a residency programme for photographers
March 2019 

During the whole month of March, Córtex Frontal - artist residency  hosted a Photography residency, directed by Susana Paiva, where she mentored the participant´s projects in individual and group sessions.

At the same time, we open the doors to public events such as a photography exhibition, masterclasses by invited photographers, presentations of photography and performative projects, projection of a film cycle and the creation of a performative action by Susana Paiva whose debut was planned for August 2019 at Citemor Festival.
Photos: Córtex Frontal, Carmen Rivero.

photography exhibition “sedimento” by maria oliveira
March 2019 

Organized by Córtex Frontal at the Pousada de Arraiolos, with support from the Arraiolos Municipality. March 2018.

APRIL 2019 

April resident artists: Marijke Breuers and Heidi Friesen were showing their work in an Open Studio event.

APRIL 2019

The Córtex Frontal begun a partnership with the tapestry office Arte em Casa in which artists can learn the basis of Arraiolos embroidery with the goal of creating new approaches to it.
In order to improve the mobility of resident artists around Arraiolos, Évora district and Alentejo region, this year we started a partnership with the anthropologist Daniel Freixa, which will consist of study trips like this one: Arraiolos & rugs history approach and also visit the paintings by Dordio Gomes.

drawing on tiles workshop
APRIL 2019

In association with the Évora Sketchers and the Imagem Impressa office we organised an experimental workshop on drawing on tiles. We learned some techniques of drawing on fired and raw glazed tiles.
In the afternoon the Évora Sketchers group went to sketch in the old convent where the Pousada de Arraiolos is.
Photos: Córtex Frontal & Évora Sketchers

april 2019

This couple of artists were, for the second time, in residence at Córtex Frontal. This time they were mentoring a group in their study trip in Arraiolos and around where they were drawing, painting and printmaking.
Jennifer Ghormley, american artist and printmaker gave a printing workshop (Monotype and stencil techniques).
In partnership with Imagem Impressa.
Photos: Meredith Nemirov

Pensar a residência#1 PERIPHERY AND COMMUNITY
June 2019

Pensar a Residência #1 was a think tank, an invitation to listen and share diferente “shapes” of what could be an artist residency. We have the honour of receiving: Nuno Faria, Nuno Malato, Tomás Cunha Ferreira, Officina mundi - Joana Villaverde, Mariana Dias Coutinho- CLARA - Center for Rural Future; Jorge Gaspar e Ana Marín; Tiago Frois - Oficinas do Convento, Marta Maria Bastos Wengorovius- Escola Nómada da Arrábida;Mercedes Vidal-Abarca and Nuno Félix da Costa, Córtex Frontal - Residência de arte e investigação e Annelies Vantyghem.
Photos: Córtex Frontal and Annelies Vantyghem.

performance da toalha with marta wengorovius (um, dois e muitos)
june 2019

With Marta Wengorovius and guests.

Henriqueta, Angélica e Virgínia. Confluências (s)em Pessoa
a performance-fiction by grupo madura
june 2019

ANGÉLICA, HENRIQUETA e VIRGINIA, Confluências (s)em Pessoa, configura-se numa performance-ficção sobre a irmã do Poeta. Não pretende afirmar-se numa narrativa linear ou seguir códigos de representação; os sinais estão lá, à espera de quem os deseje seguir. Mas sem vínculos à leitura. A qualquer momento tudo se desfaz para partir à procura “de uma luz acesa dentro do nevoeiro do tempo”, citando Jorge de Sena.
Será sempre dela que se trata. Da Henriqueta, da Teca, da Henry. Todas elas, uma.

Concepção e Direcção:
Isabel Barbosa da Costa | Margarida Pinto Coelho
Ana Agapito
António Maria
Clara Rocha
Dídia Sousa
Helena Abreu
Helena Quinta
Ilda Corte-Real
Isabel Arbués
Isabel Dinis da Fonseca
Ivone Domingues
Luísa Manaças
Manuela Almeida
Petra Muskova
Sandra Silva
Apoio técnico: Cortex Frontal
Sonoplastia: Projecto MADURA
Figurinos: Clara Santiago
Cartaz: Sílvia Franco
Co-produção: Cortex Frontal e CDA Companhia de Actores
Apoios Institucionais: Câmara Municipal de Oeiras; União das Juntas de freguesia de Algés, Linda-A-Velha, Dafundo e cruz Quebrada; Câmara Municipal de Arraiolos
Apoios locais/Algés: Farmácia Nifo; Replaneta; Tralha Antiga

violin concert with jeanne côté at misericordia church
june 2019

Canadian violinist, Jeanne Côté, in residency in June 2019, offered a final concert to the town of Arraiolos at the Misericordia church, in collaboration with Joana Carrasqueira. Thanks to the Misericordia Church, Joana Carrasqueira, CMA.

JULY 2019

On 26th July we opened the house and showed July artist´s projects.
Kári Óskarsson (Poetry)
Valerie NG (Painting)
Julia Schellekens (Music)
Marcel Schellekens (Painting)


Josephine Mead is an Australian artist and writer. Working through photography, sculpture, installation and text, she is interested in personal notions of support. In 2019 she was awarded a Career Development Grant through the Australian Council for the Arts to attend Córtex Frontal residency.

During her time undertaking the Córtex Frontal residency, Josephine worked primarily through photography and writing, she positioned the embedded histories of the architecture of the house, and of the objects within the house, as metaphoric matter for self-examination.

september 2019

11 photographers from Stutgart (Germany) were in residency directed by Paulo dos Santos