Grants for Artistic Creation

Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Cinema and Cross-Disciplinary projects

Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Cinema and Cross-Disciplinary projects

Grants to support artists with unique and relevant artistic creation projects in the areas of Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Cinema and Cross-Disciplinary projects.


For individuals and Portuguese private non-profit institutions


Support will be granted for the execution of:

  • Projects for the creation of a work in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Cinema or Cross-Disciplinary projects, with a public presentation;
  • Projects that correspond to a part of the creative process in the areas referred above, without the obligation to present a finished work.

Candidates can apply for the following support levels: €4,000; €8,000; €12,000, and €16,000.

Eligibility requirements

  • National and foreign artist-authors can apply, in their individual capacity, or through private Portuguese non-profit organisations with which they collaborate in the implementation of the project. Foreign artists must reside in Portugal and be part of the Portuguese artistic community;

  • Projects must be initiated and executed between 1 July 2024 and 30 December 2026;

  • Each artist can only submit one application per year.

How to apply

  • Applications will only be accepted online and in Portuguese;

  • 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 (available in the Documents area);

  • Applications can only be submitted once all the mandatory fields of the form have been completed and the documentation required by the Regulation has been uploaded;

  • At the end, click on the “submit application” button. In order to prevent difficulties in submitting applications, avoid submitting your application in the last few days of the deadline.

Members of the Jury

Ana Pais is an Assistant Researcher (CEEC) in performing arts at ICNOVA, as well as a dramaturgist and curator. She is the author of the books O Discurso da Cumplicidade. Dramaturgias Contemporâneas (2004), Ritmos Afectivos nas Artes Performativas (2018), and Quem tem medo das emoções? (2022). Ana Pais also organized the anthology Performance in the Public Sphere (2017). She served as a theatre critic for the Portuguese newspapers Público (2003) and Expresso (2004). As a playwright, she has collaborated with theatre and dance creators in Portugal. Additionally, as a curator, she has conceptualized, coordinated, and produced various discursive curatorial events, including P! Performance in the Public Sphere (Lisbon, 10-14 April 2017).

André Dias (Lisbon, 1974) is a researcher, critic, and independent film programmer. He authored the blog Ainda não começámos a pensar (2005-2012), dedicated to exploring the relationship between cinema and thought. André holds a degree in Communication Sciences from NOVA FCSH and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cinema. He served as the technical coordinator of NOVA FCSH Film Creation Laboratory from 2000 to 2008 and founded the film production company Raiva (2001-2008), now known as Terratreme. André coordinated the film programme for the Estoril International Film Festival in 2012 and for Apordoc - Associação pelo Documentário in 2015. He has been teaching Sound and Image at the Higher School of Art and Design in Caldas da Rainha (ESAD.CR) since 2012, and Cinema at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (ESTC) since 2019.

Elizabete Paiva holds a master’s degree in Theatre Studies from FLUP. She has been the artistic director of Materiais Diversos since 2015. Elizabete regularly collaborates as a trainer and teacher with Forum Dança, the Portuguese Theatre and Cinema School (ESTC), Acesso Cultura, and the National Plan for the Arts (PNA). Her professional journey began in 1999 in production, and in 2003, she transitioned into artistic education as a collaborator with CENTA. From 2006 to 2014, Elizabete coordinated and programmed the A Oficina Educational Service. During this period, she created and edited the LURA newspaper, designed the Mais Dois Programme, and directed the Guimarães 2012 CEC Educational Service.

Filipa Oliveira has been the Visual Arts Programmer at Almada Town Hall since 2018, overseeing the artistic direction of Casa da Cerca, Galeria Municipal, and Convento dos Capuchos. Between 2015 and 2017, she served as the artistic director of the Eugénio de Almeida Forum in Évora. Filipa was an assistant curator at the 28th São Paulo Biennial in 2010, and in 2012, she was a guest curator of the Satellite project at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. In 2022, she co-curated the 4th edition of the Anozero Biennial of Contemporary Art in Coimbra with Elfi Turpin.

Mariana Liz (Lisbon, 1984) is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon and a researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies at the same institution. She completed her PhD at King's College London in 2012. Mariana is the author of various articles and monographs, and she has coordinated scientific volumes, including Realizadoras Portuguesas: Cinema no Feminino na Era Contemporânea (with Hilary Owen, 2023) and Educação para o Cinema em Portugal (2022).

Pedro Mendes holds a degree in Computer Engineering and is currently pursuing a postgraduate qualification in Cultural Management and Sustainability at the University of Coimbra. He serves as the director of the Coffeepaste platform. Between 2019 and June 2023, he collaborated with O Espaço do Tempo as an Artistic Advisor, participating as a jury member for O Espaço do Tempo Creation Scholarships and the Portuguese Performing Arts Platform. Additionally, he is a member of the jury for the Authors' Dance Awards (SPA) and the Revelation Award of the D. Maria II National Theater. Since 2022, he has been an independent expert collaborating with the General-Directorate of the Arts– Ministry of Culture (DGArtes) in the Sustained Support Programme and the Network of Portuguese Theater and Cinema.

Suzana Sousa (Luanda, 1981) is an independent curator, researcher, and writer. Currently a PhD candidate in the History department at the University of the Western Cape and a fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research. In 2022, she received the Ivan Karp Research Awards and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa research grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Recently, she curated the exhibition Construir o Tempo [Constructing Time] by the artist Mónica de Miranda and co-curated The Power of My Hands exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (France), part of Saison Africa 2020. The exhibition was also showcased in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 2022 and in Luanda (Angola) in April 2023.

Zia Soares (Bié, 1972) is a director and actress. Her most recent productions include O Riso dos Necrófagos, a co-production between Teatro GRIOT and Culturgest, which was awarded Best Play 2021-22 at the Premio Internazionale Teresa Pomodoro; Uma dança das florestas by Wole Soyinka, a co-production between Teatro GRIOT and São Luiz Teatro Municipal; and Fanun Ruin, a co-production between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and SO WING. She is a member of Teatro GRIOT as a director and actress, co-founder of the SO WING project, and an artist supported by apap – Feminist Futures, a project co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe Programme.

Updated on 15 january 2024

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