Applications for the Visual Arts Course in the Azores 2022 are now open. Until February 15, artists from the visual arts areas, aged between 25 and 35 years, will be able to apply for this advanced artistic training program that will take place in the Archipelago – Center of Contemporary Arts, in São Miguel – Azores.

The course will take place over eight weeks (35 hours/week) with the presence of invited teachers, of which two are individual tutored work weeks. The weeks of classes will be guided by artists and visual arts theorists. Apart from the invited teachers, the Visual Arts Course also has the tutoring of the artist Catarina Botelho and the executive producer Diana Diegues.

Since the course is essentially practical, with a full-time studio activity, the teachers’ function is to stimulate critical thinking and individual imagination and collaborative work.

The course will take place in the Archipelago – Center of Contemporary Arts, in Ribeira Grande, São Miguel – Azores, between 23 May and 15 July 2022. Accommodation and air transport (if necessary) are included, as well as a production scholarship of € 400.00 per artist for the works to be produced in the context of the course.

Artists of Portuguese nationality or foreign artists residing in Portugal for more than five years, from the areas of Visual Arts, who have had at least one individual exhibition, and aged between 25 and 35 years, may apply for this program.

The Visual Arts Course is a FLAD initiative, organized in collaboration with Arquipélago – Center of Contemporary Arts.

Work Calendar:

  • Directed by Gabriela Albergaria – May 23-28
  • Directed by Sonja Thomsen – May 30 to June 3
  • Directed by Ana Mendes – June 6-11
  • Intermediate week of production and research – June 13-17
  • Guided by Démian Flores – June 20-25
  • Directed by Amy Yoes – June 27 to July 2
  • Directed by Robin Rhode – July 4-9
  • Exhibition assembly week – July 9-15
  • Inauguration of the exhibition in the Archipelago – July 15


Individual applications will be accepted according to the following requirements:

  • Have Portuguese nationality or be resident in Portugal for more than 5 years;
  • Age between 25 and 35 years;
  • Display a letter of recommendation (up to 3000 characters);
  • Present a motivation letter (up to 1500 characters);
  • Present an artistic biography with personal data, artistic training, exhibitions held (digital document in .pdf);
  • Present portfolio with a maximum of 20 images of works in digital format (.pdf), max. 3 MBytes;
  • Have full availability between May 23 and July 15, 2022 during working days in a period of 7 hours daily;

The application must be submitted in its own form, available through the online application system, at the following link:

Selection process

  • The jury will select up to 30 candidates;
  • Individual interviews will be conducted with the selected candidates;
  • Final selection of up to 9 candidates.

The selected artists must sign a contract in which they undertake to comply with the program and the schedule (no absences are admitted unless due to force major – illness or mourning).

The jury’s decision is sovereign and cannot be appealed.


Applications may be made between January 4 and February 15

The results will be known by March 15, 2022


It will be necessary to pay 350 euros of security, which will be returned to the artist on condition that he completes the course according to the regulations.

We advise you to consult the regulation of the contest (Notice – Course of Visual Arts Azores 2022), where you can find all the details about the application. Any question relating to the course or the application process, you can contact us for