O Espaço do Tempo, located at the Convento da Saudação in Montemor-o-Novo, is a cross – disciplinary structure that supports numerous national and international creators. Our main activity is an extensive program of artistic residencies in the areas of theater, dance, performance, music, visual arts as well as the arts in general, essentially focused on emerging contemporary creation. In the current year more than 100 artistic projects and around 600 artists will be in our spaces.
Over the 21 years of its existence O Espaço do Tempo was present in the development of countless Portuguese creators, also extending its activities to the internationalization of Portuguese artists, organizing, every two years, the Portuguese Platform for Performing Arts, one of the most important dissemination events of Portuguese creation, a meeting point for dozens of national and international programers.
We are also engaged in advanced peer to peer training, organizing regularly meetings, seminars and international residencies, such as Colina, Looping and TryAngle, all recognized with grants from the European Commission and collaborating with very active international partners.
Finally, and aware that a decentralized artistic project is not possible without the corresponding socio-cultural vector, Espaço do Tempo has developed, since the beginning of its activities, an intense relationship with the human fabric of its region, regularly promoting projects with schools, associations, as well as an extensive calendar of performances, seminars, workshops and training, using our BlackBox and, lately, our facilities at the Magina Workshop.
However, two years ago, after the collapse of one of the vaulted ceilings of our mother space, the Convento da Saudação, and due to the lack of security conditions, Espaço do Tempo was forced to change its facilities. At this moment, and after renovation works, Espaço do Tempo occupies the old installations of Oficina Magina, an emblematic industrial building in the center of Montemor. We plan to occupy these facilities during the period of time that the requalification of Convento da Saudação will take place. We have also opened a new residence area in the countryside, in the beautiful farm Freixo do Meio, a Portuguese reference in biological farming.
We strongly believe in promoting the values of culture, democratic practices and a vigorous reflection and praxis on environmental sustainability, in the framework of our community.
Espaço do Tempo received the Gulbenkian Knowledge Prize in 2018 and celebrates, in 2021, 21 years of existence.