Let us start by our name: AiR is the name code for Artist-in-Residence and 351 is the country´s locator.
Our activities started in late 2016, with the artist-in-residence Gary Hill. Since then the organization has hosted international artists and curators. Its studio based professional development program anchors itself on the thriving local art scene and stretches over a national and international network.

Our team provides regular curatorial expertise and highly skilled technical assistance, consolidating the production of new works. Through institutional partnerships, AiR 351´s activities encompass a variety of contexts such as museums, universities and art schools. Its main purpose is to generate critical mass while furthering artistic projects and exchanges. AiR 351 is a space of confluence, dialogue and critical thinking.

The organization relies on the expertise of an international Strategic Advisory Board, from a diversity of cultural backgrounds and also on the assistance of an external and rotating International Selection Committee.

AiR 351´s headquarters are located in a charismatic building, Escola Monumento D. Luiz I, a former primary school, which was fully renovated by the municipality for this purpose. There are six individual studios and residents may also share common spaces such as a kitchen, a small library and the school yard. Here, spontaneous gatherings and planned meetings occur. The quiet setting and the proximity to the ocean make it a privileged retreat to think and create while having an easy access to Lisbon, either by car or train (30-45 min away), which is 5 mins walking distance. In the surroundings there is a park (Parque Marechal Carmona), beautiful cliffs in walking or biking distance (Guincho), and a variety of nice places where to eat just around the corner.

Many times a residency at AiR 351 is just the beginning of a long term engagement with the AiR 351 and local community that extends in manifold ramifications. If you wish to know more about us you can also read our residents Testimonials here.


—to build a stimulating atmosphere towards unfolding the creative and research processes;
—to enhance production and dissemination of contemporary art;
—to stimulate experimentation and exchange;
—to strengthen the internationalization of art professionals;
—to contribute to artistic professional development;
—to work in collaboration with national and international individuals, communities and organizations, namely art schools, universities, museums and art centers.


Façade © Nicholas Knight
Façade © Nicholas Knight
Façade © Nicholas Knight
Façade © Nicholas Knight
Common spaces © Nicholas Knight
Common spaces © Nicholas Knight
Studio space © Nicholas Knight
Studio space © Nicholas Knight
Surroundings @ Rui Dias Monteiro
Surroundings @ Rui Dias Monteiro
Surroundings @ Rui Dias Monteiro
Surroundings @ Rui Dias Monteiro
Surroundings @ Rui Dias Monteiro


Luis Campos e Cunha

Founder and Chairman
Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Luís has a long professional career in the areas of economics and management (Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal, Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics, and Finance Minister). Nevertheless, Luís has always maintained a close relationship with the world of contemporary art: he was Vice-Chairman of the Serralves Foundation and Vice- President of Centro Cultural de Belém Foundation. In the early 80s he studied painting and art history at Columbia University (NY), while taking a PhD in Economics. In 2016 Luís received the Grã-Cruz of the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique from the President of the Republic of Portugal as a recognition of his public service.

Luisa Especial

Founder and Artistic Director
Luísa Especial has regularly collaborated as an independent curator and researcher with several artists and with institutions such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Contemporary Photography Collection /Novo Banco, MAAT, Culturgest, Serralves Museum, Berardo Museum, among others. Recently, Luísa curated Diogo Bolota´s exhibition Defeito Desfeito at QuARTel de Abrantes (w/ book publication), Katarina Policikova exhibition Souvenirs of Fire at Museu de História Natural de Lisboa and co-curated Gary Hill´s exhibition Linguistic Spill at the Boiler Hall and Second Nature at MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and at the Kreeger Museum in Washington (w/ catalogue publication). She is the Editorial Coordinator and Text Editor for Photography, a User ́s Manual, an extensive publication on Portuguese Contemporary Photography (ed. Delfim Sardo, Documenta). In the past, she has organized projects, implemented partnerships and supported the artists in residence while working in non-profit organizations such as Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn) and Carpe Diem Art and Research. Luisa holds a PhD in Art Sociology, a master’s degree in Curating Studies and a degree in Art History and benefited from grants from the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia for the development of both theses. Luísa is a member of the Portuguese section of AICA – International Association of Art Critics.

Heitor Fonseca

Production Manager
Visual artist with public activity since 1991, Heitor works since 1994 as assistant setting up exhibitions in the context of the visual arts as a freelancer. He was set up assistant of exhibitions at Culturgest between 2004 and 2017 regularly and collaborated with other institutions, among them the  Museu de Arte Antiga (MNAA), Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (MNAC), Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (MAAT), Fundação Carmona e Costa, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Chiado 8 and MUHKA (Antwerp). Additionally, Heitor has experience as direct assistant to visual artists such as Carlos Roque, Rui Toscano, Marta Alvim and Alexandre Estrela, in the execution of national and international exhibition projects. Heitor holds a degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

Matúš Pisarčík

Matúš Pisarčík is a photographer and visual artist. He finished his bachelor's degree at Silesian University in Opava at the department of Audio-Visual Arts (2015 – 2018). Pisarčík also studied Film and Media Arts at Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School in Katowice (2017 – 2018). He finished his Master's degree at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava at the Department of Intermedia (2018 – 2020). He exhibited at the Hotdock project space or the Kunsthalle Bratislava. He predominantly works with video, text, but above all with the medium of photography. Pisarčík works contain found objects (talismans) important to him, which together tell stories about identity, inclusiveness, instability, time, and memory. In 2019 Pisarčík worked as Gallery Supervisor for Opava Cultural Organization. Between 2019 – 2020 worked as a Mediator of Art in Kunsthalle Bratislava. In 2019 started working as Cinematographer & Video Editing for the Slovak contemporary platform Artyoucaneat.sk and between 2020 – 2021 worked as an intern for Artyčok.TV in Prague.

Cátia Ramos

Cátia Ramos studied photography at Ar.Co - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual (2016-2018). She has always been interested in analogue photography and all the processes behind it, including the alternative ones. She is about to finish her bachelor's degree in programming and cultural production at Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha (ESAD). Cátia participated in the exhibition "Plastic Ways of Seeing", of Social Art Practices in December 2020 in ESAD and curated the exhibition "Dancer-Danger" in Caldas da Rainha and Óbidos in Galeria NovaOgiva, Centro de Artes: Espaço da Concas, Atelier 6, Museu Leopoldo de Almeida. She is very curious about the world of curating.



— Luís Campos e Cunha
— João Martins Claro
— José António Girão

Cristina Pereira Gaspar, Assistant to the Board


— Isabel Carlos (PT), Independent Curator (Portugal)

— Nathalie Anglès (FR/USA), Executive Director and Founder of Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn

— Sébastien Pluot (FR), Curator, Co-Director of Art by Translation program


— Adam Budak (Czech Republic), Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Art, Prague

— António Gomes de Pinho (PT), Collector, President of Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation, Lisbon

— António Homem (USA), Collector, Director of Sonnabend Collection, New York
— Isabel Carlos (PT), Independent Curator
— Delfim Sardo (PT), Curator, Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém Board Member(Portugal)

— James Lingwood (UK), Co-Director of ArtAngel, London

— José Pedro Croft (PT), Artist

— Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas (BR), Collector, Founding Member of Patronage of Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid

— Narelle Jubelin (AUS), Artist

— Pablo Berástegui (ES), Salut au Monde
— Suzanne Cotter (UK), MUDAM Director, Luxembourg

— Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi (Nigeria), MoMA

Other Founding Members

— Alexandre Abrantes, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

— Inês Mourão, Director of the Cooperativa Comunicação e Cultura (CCC) in Torres Vedras, AiR 351 Board Member

— Matilde Ferreira de Almeida, Managing Director of SPARK Arts Consulting

— Marta Alvarez, Cultural Producer

— João Salgueiro, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova SBE

— José António Girão, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova SBE

— Mário Rui Porta, Lawyer, AiR 351 Board Member

— Nuno Filipe Valentim, Architect


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