There is an ongoing application process. Applications are regularly reviewed by an independent international committee. Besides this permanent call and relying on the generous support of grant sponsors AiR 351 launches other calls for fully sponsored residencies. AiR 351 works actively to increase these initiatives, knowing that these are crucial for art practitioners.


Ellie Ga

FLAD / AiR 351 grant recipient 2019, artist
(…) The four months I spent at AIR351 was deeply stimulating and productive.
My overwhelmingly positive experience in Portugal is thanks to the kindness, diligence and curiosity of spirt at AIR351. Luisa Especial, the co-director of AIR351 arranged meetings, pursued research inquiries on my behalf and in general engaged in my artistic practice through regular studio visits and meetings. She introduced me to artists and kept me up to date on cultural events in Lisbon. In addition, she accompanied me to meetings when translation was needed.
I have participated in numerous international residency programs in the past twenty years and my experience at AIR351 has been by far the most productive, inspiring and well-intentioned. The FLAD fellowship enabled me to develop my work and make new connections with the artistic community in Lisbon. I know I will continue to reap the benefits of this fellowship in the years to come.

Ozge Topçu

Gulbenkian / AiR 351 grant recipient 2019, artist
From beginning of residency period, I was perfectly guided to find place to stay and informed how to supply my logistic needs by the residency management who are Luis Campos e Cunha, Luisa Especial and Heitor Fonseca.
I found the chance of interacting with the other residents in the whole residency. In my term, the current artists were Michael John Whelan (Berlin), Gabriel Machado (Rio de Janeiro), Annabelle Moreau (Sicily), Henrique Pavao (Lisbon), Katarína Poliačiková (Slovakia), Nidaa Aboulhosn (US). I also interacted with former residents who are Luisa Jacinto and Sara Bichão.
In May, the busiest art month of Lisbon, I have joined several planned art event trips by Luis Campos e Cunha and Luisa Especial, such as FEA Lisboa, ARCO Fair, EDP Artist Awards and I was introduced to art professionals in Lisbon.
I participated to the Open Studio 2019 AIR 351 in 7th of June with my work in progress (Terrarian, 2019) and big scale work proposal maquettes (Sky Passage, 2019). I have met great number of art professionals and artists in international and local scale in that event. (…)
After all those developments, I am happy to say that I decided to be an artist based Lisbon for this term of my life. (…) Particularly I am thankful to all AIR 351 family for they have shown great effort to make all these opportunities available for me and gave me this encouragement to create the circle to engage with the professionals around them generously.


curator, 2018
My residency at AIR351 happened in a moment of my life when I needed to conduct some research on the recent Portuguese colonial war. 
AIR351’s team welcomed me with outstanding generosity and support for contacting people and places. 
It’s location, outside of the big city allowed me to be more focus and the effervescence of the opening day showed the interest people have in such an initiative. 
Finally, a curator’s residency is such a rare possibility that I encourage my colleagues to apply to it because it is also a great opportunity to be introduced to the Portuguese art scene and its relationship with its former colonies.


Gulbenkian / AiR 351 grant recipient 2018, artist
(…) I find it important to mention that the AiR team was very understanding and supportive in terms of my artistic research as well as production possibilities. All my – sometimes very specific – needs, questions and investigations were met and supported with a great enthusiasm and devotion. Besides my creative process I also enjoyed the activities that were organized as a part of the residency program; visits at local workshops, collections and artists studios.
Taking into account all components: the working space, location, atmosphere, program and production support, I have to say that the AiR 351 was, so far, my best a-i-r experience.
I believe that the connections I made during my residency will bring new professional opportunities and there will be a chance to present the results of my work in Lisbon in the next year.


artist (partnership with Artworks), 2019
I had the opportunity to work at AIR 351 during the summer months, and found it to be a good working experience. The residency is located at an old reformed school at Cascais, a small town by the sea, in a 45-minute commute from Lisbon by train. For me it provided a peaceful environment to produce work, and it is close enough to the city to be able to live or visit, and be connected with its cultural life which is quite rich. During the residency I worked closely with Luisa Especial, curator and organizer of many helpful meetings with artists and curators, along with organizing trips to museums shows and collections. Heitor Fonseca, artist with expert workmanship, who helped me construct all sorts of things for my projects. And Luis Campos Cunha, producer and host of pleasant networking reunions. Overall It was an enjoyable experience, Cascais is a beautiful peaceful town and I was able to go for a swim when I was feeling overworked.


artist, 2019
(…) I took accommodation in Barrio Alto in Lisbon and I used to take the train to Cascais every morning. What seems in the first place to be a long ride, developed in a time to contemplate and think; experiences that are quite hard to have those days in our speed-up society.
My time in the studio and the interaction and exchange with the director and the other artists taking place in the program, as well as the visiting curators that the director periodically invited will always be remembered as one of the highlights of my time in Lisbon and Cascais. I was able to research and develop, in a complete concentrate time, many works and projects (like an exhibition for Paris with Yvon Lambert, a book with a local publisher, a series of real-time activities that I had the chance to show for a specific project initiated by AiR351 and many other more...) helped by the production manager at the site, always able to provide help and intriguing solutions to my daring wishes for sculptural works.
I would here like to remember the periodical lunches with the artists, director and president in the orchard adjacent to the studios, providing cohesive and happy moments, never to be forgotten. I have been in residency program in New York, Dublin, Berlin, Shanghai, Paris and other venues, but AiR351 in Cascais and the valuable crew have left a tangible trace in my work.


artist, 2018—2019
I was in residency at AiR351 in Cascais for a year (April 2018-april2019)
The residency exceeded all my expectations. It provided me, on the one hand, with an unusually broad and luminous space to concentrate on my work and, on the other hand, put in contact with many national and international artists and curators of great awareness in our field.
Luísa Especial, the artistic director, is a wonderful person to whom I have become a personal friend. Luísa is a tactful presence, very attentive to each resident – and to each one’s moment and needs. Tireless in her will to make the most out of the residency for each one while keep great breathing space, Luísa is the most available and willing director I’ve witnessed operate. Luís Campos e Cunha, the chairman, is a very accessible, receptive and a friendly presence. Heitor Fonseca, the production director of the residency, is an incredible support for working artists thinking of possible ways of making things and has an expertise in highly rigorous thoughtful production making – be it the works or display solutions. The commitment, goodwill and generosity of this team are unforgettable.
The peace of the place and the closeness to Lisbon were very important. There were books to randomly find and peruse every day. I could go to see the sea. Get to know the other participating artists and visitors – artists, curators, programmers and professionals enriched my experience inestimably. Taking part in the residency in a dilated time also allowed relationships between peers to develop from random closeness to complicities build conscious and generously.
I had many (non-compulsory) visitors to my studio. Some meetings unfolded in taking part in exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. I participated in two Open Studios even

Nicholas Knight

artist, FLAD / AIR 351 grant recipient 2020
(…) Luisa and Heitor made an initial studio visit to discuss in more detail my existing work and my intentions for the residency. I was struck right away by their patience and attentiveness. We spent almost three hours deeply engaged in the conversation.
(…) Heitor also provided invaluable support in the production of a sculpture that I conceived while at AiR. He sourced the materials and applied his meticulous craftsmanship as we worked together to realize “Keyboard”, an old computer keyboard with all the keys removed other than the spacebar, which then had plaster poured into the empty spaces that remained.
(…) I wrote over 40 songs (including a drawing for each one), made the Keyboard sculpture, did the performance in January, and also made a couple of short video works. (…) It has been five weeks since my residency concluded. That is not really enough time to process the scope of everything, but I can say it was one of the most positive art experiences I’ve ever had. The conditions at the studio are superb, due to the house itself, the community of artists gathered there, the impressive and dependable capabilities of Heitor, the incredible intellectual and professional support of Luisa, and the lively and keen presence of Luis.
Finally, one quality takes clear precedence above all others, and that is the freedom that I felt to pursue my artistic objectives. (...) But for now I can say without reservation that this experience of deeply supported freedom was the central factor in how well things went. For that I am extremely grateful to AiR 351 and FLAD.