A ARTE DA TERRA (ART OF THE LAND)

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Portuguese cultural heritage is vast and has been developed over the eight centuries of the country’s existence. This rich tradition is present in Portugal’s crafts with significant differences in the techniques and craftsmanship used in different regions.

The wealth of our traditional arts and crafts is for us unquestionable.

Since 1996 A Arte da Terra’s aim is to present a selection of high quality works combining tradition and modernity. This is a space where different generations and artistic currents coexist (artisans, sculptors, jewelers, designers).
After 10 years in Almada, in 2006 Arte da Terra moved to the historic centre of Lisbon to the old stables of the Cathedral – a space with a long history. It has now been transformed into a window for Portuguese culture aimed at the ” world ” who visits us.


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Exhibitions

Given our intention of showing some of the best arts and crafts work being done in Portugal to the press, to government institutions and the broader public, we started a set of thematic exhibits at the end of the 1990’s.

Due to interest on the part of the press and wider audience in selected topics – some of the exhibits have now become annual events such as the Sweet Heart Handkerchiefs in February (the first exhibit was done in 1999), Saint Anthony (part of Lisbon’s Saints Festivals since 2008) in June and the Nativity Scenes exhibition in December.

Motherhood, Barcelos Rooster (Galo de Barcelos), Barcelos Figurative Art, Puppetery, Lisbon Painted Tiles, Religious Imagery of Saint Mamede of Coronado and Fado are some of the other exhibit topics in A Arte da Terra.


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Government Entities

Because we have always been aware of the cultural dimension of our work, we have sought to share our activities with Government Entities responsible for cultural activities. Two of Portugal’s First Ladies Maria José Ritta (wife of the then President Jorge Sampaio) in 2001 and 2004; and Maria Cavaco Silva (wife of the current President, Anibal Cavaco Silva) in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 have been present at A Arte da Terra exhibitions as has Margarida Sousa Uva

Uva (wife of the then Prime Minister and current European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso in 2004.

Ministers for Culture Augusto Santos Silva (2002), Pedro Roseta (2002) and Isabel Pires de Lima (2006, 2007, 2008), Vice Ministers for Culture José Amaral Lopes (2003), Mário Vieira de Carvalho (2004) and Jorge Barreto Xavier (2012) among other officials linked to cultural activities in Portugal have also been our guests. In 2007, the official commemorations of the World Poetry Day were held at “A Arte da Terra” as suggested by the then Minister for Culture.


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Cultural Partnerships

The different exhibits undertaken in “Arte da Terra” have been the pretext for a number of high profile cultural and artistic partnerships. José Régio Museum and the Portalegre Municipal Museum, Barcelos Ceramic Museum, Estremoz Municipal Museum, Bread Museum of Seia, Santa Maria de Lamas Museum, Calheta Museum in Ilha de S. Jorge (Azores), Municipalities of Barcelos, Estremoz, Lisbon, Odemira, Trofa and Vila Verde, the Embassies of EU Member Countries in Lisbon and the Embassies of CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) Member Countries, Bordallo Pinheiro Ceramic Factory and AFID (Foundation for Difference) are some of the entities with whom “ Arte da Terra” has established important cultural partnerships.

On an individual level, “Arte da Terra” has partnered for its exhibits with fado singers Antonio Zambujo, Camané, Carlos do Carmo, Carminho, Cristina Branco, Katia Guerreiro, Mariza, Misia e Ricardo Ribeiro and the designers Anabela Baldaque, Filipe Faisca, Nuno Baltazar and Nuno Gama.

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