Art & Food Residency ‘Eating Between Tides’

Fully funded three-month international residency for collaborative projects between artists, chefs, youth, and the local community to create a menu that highlights global food system challenges and proposes innovative regenerative solutions for the future.


Artists and collectives, who are interested in sustainable and regenerative food practices. Applications will only be accepted in English.


The ‘Eating Between Tides’ residency programme supports collaborative art and food projects.

We are looking for individuals and collectives, preferably from diverse career and disciplinary backgrounds, who are critically exploring and researching new, sustainable, and flexible ways of eating in response to climate change and global pollution, towards a regenerative approach to feeding in urban environments – with a specific focus on the bioregion Mar da Palha (Tagus River) in Lisbon. 

This initiative, promoted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Lisbon Municipality, is part of the pilot project “Bauhaus of the Seas Sails,” funded by the Horizon Europe Programme.

Eligibility requirements

  • This open call is for artists and collectives, who are interested in sustainable and regenerative food practices;
  • We seek Art & Food led projects only, that create works in visual arts, art & food practices, cross-disciplinarity and community practices;
  • Each artist/ collective can only submit one application;  
  • Residency projects and public presentations must be executed until 14 December 2024;  
  • Candidates must be over 18 years old;
  • Fluent in Portuguese, and preferably also in English;
  • National and international artist-authors can apply, in their individual or collective capacity; 

The submitted project should span three-months and be carried out between September 10th and December 1st, 2024. While the exact starting date will be determined upon successful acceptance into the program, applicants must specify their preferred work schedule and approach in the application form.

Expected Outcomes 

During the residency period in 2024 the selected project is expected to:  

  • Develop an art project collaborating with a local chef and school to design a regenerative menu using ingredients from Mar da Palha, aiming to benefit the river ecosystem.
  • Participate in: at least one educational activity with the local community; public talks about the project; Testing of the regenerative menu in local schools and cultural institutions, namely at CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian’s restaurant; and, Public presentations at the end of residency.
  • Submit online a final report of the research.
  • Provide the process documentation.

Grant Conditions 

  • Financial support of 10.000€ should cover fees, expenses and production.
  • Access to dedicated workspaces with tools and materials for your project development, which include: studio space; kitchen laboratory spaces (both in private and community spaces); local public school where the candidate will participate in a co-creation process for building the regenerative menu; shipping container as a temporary Workspace and public programme space; Bio, Materials and Technology Research Laboratories; Specialized Libraries and Local Community Archives;
  • Benefit from guidance and support provided by experienced professionals in relevant fields for your project, namely support from: Chef at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian, who will serve as Associate Chef for the selected project; the local community through the “Food from the Block” community food project at Marvila Library; professionals specializing in sea-based materials at municipal laboratories and ITI/IST, including historians, anthropologists, and scientists; teams at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-TBA21. 
  • Access to natural sites throughout Mar da Palha (Tagus River) and nearby coastal areas;
  • Access to local resources and institutions;
  • Networking opportunities;
  • Accommodation is not included, but exceptions may apply.

How to apply?

  • Register to apply;   
  • Before submitting the application form, check all the eligibility criteria. We advise you to read the Call Conditions and the Frequently Asked Questions;  
  • Applications can only be submitted once all the mandatory fields of the form have been completed and uploaded the required documentation in English as PDF files according to the Call Condition:
    – CV (max. 2-pages A4)
    – Cover letter (max. 500 words);
    – Project proposal (max. 4-pages A4)
    – Portfolio (max. 10-pages in A4)
  • At the end, click on the “apply” button. To prevent difficulties in submitting applications, avoid submitting your application in the last few days before the deadline.   

Please note that not all residency and research locations are accessible to reduced mobility. For inquiries about accessibility and other topics, please contact us through this form.

Member of the Jury

The panel of juries consists of two independent members, André Magalhães and Filipa Ramos, along with representatives from various partner organisations, including the Lisbon Municipality, Instituto Superior Técnico, TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian.

Updated on 20 may 2024

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