Saco da Baixa

Isto é PARTIS & Art for Change

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This exhibition showcases the work carried out under the Saco da Baixa project, between guest artists and a group of women over the age of 55 who live in the historical centre of Coimbra.

The Saco da Baixa [Downtown Bag] project uses the arts and creativity as vehicles of connection, self-awareness and appreciation of the individual and group.

The feminine archetypes and the representation thereof were moulded using textile sculpture and felting techniques, in a process of personal and transpersonal transformation involving conceptual thinking, manual work and collaborative effort in the construction of the sculptures.

The combination of textiles and sound arts seeks to awaken and add the sense of hearing, which is key in collaborative creations. The ecological potential of creative processes is also demonstrated through the reuse of materials.

Photo © Telma Arzileiro

More info about the project


Artistic Director

Catarina Pires

Guest artists

Ana Rita de Albuquerque – Oficina Lanolina
Henrique Fernandes – Oficina Montrafalante e Sonoscopia
Gustavo Costa – Oficina Montrafalante e Sonoscopia
Lisa Simpson – Agente Costura
Telma Arzileiro – Oficina EU retrato
Sofia Reis – Oficina EU retrato


gOld Ladies – colectivo artístico / Saco da Baixa:
Catarina Gabriel, Elisabete Leitão, Fernanda Vieira, Isabel Silva, Isabel Teles, Licínia Matias, Luísa Velasco, Maria Luísa Neto Parra, Maria Fernandes, Maria Ferreira, Mariellen Brugemann, Paula Cunha, Teresa Dias da Silva, Roxanne Negreiros

Graphic Design

Apostrophe & Slash


Telma Arzileiro


Zhang Qinzhe

Supported by

Direcção-Geral das Artes / República Portuguesa – Ministério da Cultura


Atlas – People like us
União de Freguesias de Coimbra
Casa da Esquina
Rádio Universidade de Coimbra
Jornal Mundus
Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação UC
Faculdade de Economia UC
Ageing Coimbra


Atelier D. Glória Vilão
Café A Brasileira
Convento São Francisco
José António Mendes Neto
Tipografia Nocamil

Supported by

An initiative by

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.

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