NU´ VEM Artist residency on the Pico Island

NU´ VEM Artist residency on the Pico Island

This international residency programme organised by the production company FREESAM is a opportunity with a limited capacity for artistic work in an unique environment. It draws on the founders’ many years of experience of working in the field of culture and the arts. Its main goal is to draw attention to the unique, dramatic, and well-preserved nature of the Azores and make it possible for artists across genres to draw inspiration for their work from the specific atmosphere of Pico Island.

The programme is designed for artists who are at least three years out from a school of arts and who have done at least two solo exhibitions or presentations. The residency consists of a one-month stay at Pico Island, during which a unique work of art will be created that reflects Czech-Portuguese relations, the Azores, and their importance in the international context, or whose contents supports protection of the environment of the Azores. The resident will leave the resulting work to FREESAM, which will then use it to present the Programme in the public space at the project venue.

The residency programme is located in the Terra do Pão village in the south of Pico Island in the Azores. Simple accommodation is provided in a renovated historical mill on a large private property on the shore of the Atlantic and at the foot of the Pico Volcano. An outdoor kitchen and bathrooms are available for residents. For work, there is a separate studio with running water. The property is located in a strictly protected nature reserve.

Given the type of accommodation and the challenging and frequently changing conditions, the Programme is not intended for artists who require a greater level of comfort and extensive production facilities. Improvisation and the ability to adapt are necessary prerequisites for successful completion of a stay.

The residency programme includes:

  • Simple accommodation in a renovated historic mill.
  • Round-trip airfare to and from the Azores.
  • A monthly allowance of EUR 1,000 per person or EUR 1,500 for an artistic couple.
  • A production budget of EUR 200.
  • Basic tools and equipment on site.
  • One paid whale and dolphin-watching trip.
  • Climb to the volcano.
  • The Selection Board reserves the right to reject any project without justifying its decision. The decision of the committee is final and cannot be appealed.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically via the online form.
  • The application deadline is February 15, 2024 inclusive. Applications sent after this date will not be accepted for the selection procedure.
  • Applicants must be available on March 16 in the morning CET for a possible video call.
  • The results of the Open call will be published no later than March 18, 2024 on
  • Successful applicants will be also informed by e-mail.

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