HANGAR organizes an artistic residencies programme, developed from the experience of coordinating the Triangle Workshop residency programme in Portugal, since 2010. The HANGAR Residencies Programme gives artists not living in Portugal the opportunity to live and work in Lisbon for a period of 1 to 3 months.

Together with HANGAR Exhibitions and Participation Programme these international residencies encourage dialogue, exchange and experimentation. They are non prescriptive and process-based, allowing visiting artists to develop projects in response to their new environment, or to conduct research benefiting from Lisbon’s resources.

The Residencies Programme will be firmly established in the Lisbon arts scene, promoting diverse cultures and practices through international and experimental projects. Work in progress is displayed during an open studio at which audiences have an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work.

1. Exchange

Visiting artists stay between one to three months alongside a group of Lisbon based artists working in a wide variety of media. Visiting artists are encouraged to make links with other artists, organisations, students and arts professionals in Lisbon to encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.

2. Development of Practice

Outside of ordinary constraints such as day jobs, commissions and exhibition deadlines, residencies offer artists the time, space and resources to experiment with their work and try new approaches. Through looking at Lisbon’s art scene and being in a new context, artists can take away ideas and viewpoints that will inform the development of their practice. While we do not provide full-time artistic assistance, the Residencies Programme offers a strong level of administrative and creative support. HANGAR’residencies staff are keen to discuss work in progress and assist in sourcing materials, offering local knowledge, contacts and creative input.

3. Open Studios

Residencies may culminate in an Open Studio where the artists show the work produced during their time in Lisbon. Open Studios focus on process and feedback as they often present work in progress and encourage interaction and dialogue between artists and the audience. Open Studios are organized between the artist and Hangar team, in a case-by-case basis.

4. Education and Outreach

Depending on the experience, practice and interests of the visiting artists, HANGAR Participation Coordinator can work with them to design and conduct an education and outreach project with local community groups. Please click here for further information on previous Participation Programme activity.

5. Facilities

The Residencies Programme is open to artists working in all disciplines, however one must note HANGAR has restricted facilities. HANGAR has 7 room-studios for residency, 4 of them with private bathroom and kitchen facilities and 3 with shared bathrooms and a shared area to prepare and have meals with minimum kitchen appliances. No studio equipment is provided, but Hangar has some multimedia equipment to share and 24h hour wireless internet. There is a shared light-room (consumables not included). Hangar has contacts with organisations in Lisbon (photography darkrooms, video editing and print making facilities) that can provide equipment and services for visiting artists at reduced rates. Studios include basic furnishings (desk and chair). Access to office equipment (photocopiers, computers for email and internet) are available upon request during office hours. Hangar currently arranges for all resident artists to live in the building where the studios are located.

6. Apply

This residency format depends on funding available and the selection procedure for the visiting art residency is by invitation only or through an open call with a juri selection. For the host residencies the artist has to find their own sponsor in their country to cover the expenses. This residency format accepts spontaneous application. Hangar can give support in the grant application process.

For further information on applying to any of our residencies please contact: residency[at]