PLMJ / AiR 351 Grant 2020

The PLMJ Foundation generously supports one artist in residence for a period of 3 months during 2020 at AiR 351´s headquarters in Cascais.

Artists from the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries) that live in Portugal at any stage of practice are invited to apply.

This is the 1st edition of the PLMJ / AiR 351 grant. Considering the current outbreak and its consequences its specific focus prioritizes the local artistic community.


AiR 351 is an independent international visual arts residency program located in Cascais, Lisbon region (Portugal).

AiR 351´s praxis follows a collaborative model and its team works closely with each resident on a highly supportive environment. Through institutional partnerships AiR 351´s activities encompass a variety of contexts such as museums, universities and art schools.

Due to the specific current circumstances PLMJ and AiR 351 have agreed to launch a thematic residency open call. This call seeks artists whose works address one or more of the following topics:

vulnerability, uncertainty, social solidarity, isolation/proximity, borders, crisis, vigilance, migration, refuge, social inequalities, protection, politics of movement and touch, virtuality.

Although connected to the current situation these topics can be considered in a broader and even metaphoric way and not being merely illustrative of reality.

Works (texts, images, objects) may or may not be recent and should make room for relating with the current turn.

The PLMJ / AiR 351 Grant 2020 recipient will benefit from

A fee of 1000 euros/month to cover accommodation and other living expenses. Besides that PLMJ will also cover the fees for the artist to be a member of AiR 351 during that period.
The possibility of integrating one work in the PLMJ Collection, to be agreed between the artist and PLMJ Foundation.
Access to an individual studio and to communal spaces at AiR 351´s headquarters.
AiR 351 general activities program: integration in the local artistic community, technical and curatorial assistance, possibility of working within AiR 351 partners network (namely art schools workshops), studio visits, open studios and public presentations, when possible.
AiR 351 do its best efforts to help the recipient finding suitable and affordable accommodation.

Application process

All applications documents must be included on the same file (1 document only, 10 MB max):
– Personal information (contacts)
– Letter of motivation including a brief description of current practice, statement of intent and goal of the residency (500 words max.);
– Curriculum Vitae;
– Portfolio
– Optional: letters of recommendation (3 max.)

Applications must be submitted via email to the following email address referring to the PLMJ / AiR 351 Grant 2020 open call:

Please keep in mind

– All materials of application should be written in English, once the Selection Committee is international.
– Only digital material is accepted;
– Candidates should be proficient in spoken and written English;
– Candidates should not be enrolled in another residency during the same period;
– After the residency (max. 1 month after the end date) both the artist and AiR 351 should send to PLMJ Foundation separate reports about the residency mentioning the activities developed.

Selection Process

First, there is a pre-selection by AiR 351 and its international Selection Committee. Then, the final decision is a joint responsibility of PLMJ Foundation and AiR 351.

Application deadline
May 24, 2020
The result will be announced to the recipient until June 15 2020
Inquiries should be sent to the following email: with the following subject: PLMJ / AIR 351 Grant 2020
Selection Committee
Nathalie Anglès, Sébastien Pluot, Delfim Sardo
PLMJ Foundation