FLAD’s Visual Arts Course is back. After a successful first edition, which took place in Archipelago – Center of Contemporary Arts, on the Island of São Miguel, Azores, and was completed with the exhibition “chave na serradura”, in 2023 Loulé will receive this initiative for young artists working in the areas of drawing, painting and installation / sculpture. Applications are open until February 28, 2023.

This FLAD initiative consists of an eight-week advanced artistic training program, in which a group of up to 10 artists aged 25 to 35 will have the opportunity to develop individual tutored work, with invited teachers who will train during each of the 8 weeks of this course.

The course will take place between September 15 and November 19, 2023 and will be essentially practical, with a full-time workshop activity, accompanied by renowned teachers, who will stimulate critical thinking and individual imagery and collaborative work. At the end of the course, the artists will have the opportunity to present the work developed in a dedicated exhibition.

The Municipality of Loulé will be our institutional partner in this program, which will take place in Gama Lobo Palace. Accommodation is included, as well as a production grant of €400 per artist for the works to be produced during the course.

In addition to the invited teachers, the visual arts course also has the tutoring of artist Catarina Botelho and an executive producer.

Who can apply?

Individual applications will be accepted according to the following requirements:

  • Portuguese nationality or a resident in Portugal for more than 5 years;
  • Age between 25 and 35 years;
  • Letter of recommendation (up to 3000 characters);
  • Motivation letter (up to 1500 characters);
  • Submit an artistic biography with personal data, artistic training, exhibitions held (digital document in .pdf);
  • Make available download link portfolio with a maximum of 20 images of works in digital format;
  • Have full availability between September 15 and November 19, 2023 during working days in a period of 7 hours daily;

The application must be submitted in a specific online form, available through the online application system at the following link: https://flad.secure.force.com/CandidaturaMain?language=pt_PT


  • The jury will make an initial selection of up to 30 candidates;
  • Individual interviews with selected candidates;
  • Final selection up to 10 candidates.

The selected artists must sign a contract in which they state their intent to comply with the program and the schedule (no absences are allowed unless due to force-largeness).
As part of the course, there will also be a set of three mandatory sessions that will be open to the general public. The calendar of these lessons will be made known before the start of the course.


  • Applications: December 12, 2022 to February 28, 2023;
  • Results: until April 14, 2023;

Work schedule:

  • Gabriela Albergaria – September 18-23;
  • Rommulo Conceição – September 25-30;
  • Week of experimental production and complementary activities – October 2-7;
  • Sonja Thomsen – October 9-14;
  • Démian Flores – October 16-21;
  • tbc – October 23-28;
  • Week of experimental production and complementary activities – October 30 to November 4;
  • Amy Yoes – November 6-11;
  • Week of assembly and opening of the exhibition – November 13-18

We advise you to read the notice of this contest (available at this link), where you can find all the details about the VISUAL ARTS COURSE FLAD 2023.

For further clarification stemming from this contest, please contact luz.fernandes@flad.pt