The Creative Residencies program is an opportunity to live and work in the town of Messejana for a period of up to three months.

Buinho has three houses, each offering single and double bedrooms, shared and private studios, as well as shared living facilities. Yet, each house has a very distinct ambience and characteristics.


The “FabLab house” has a contemporary, open space concept, with the studio in the main house and the workshop in the backyard. The whole interior was redesigned and rebuilt in 2015.


Sao Joao house is an XIX century shepherd’s house, remodelled in 2019 to offer a unique charm. It is located in the street of the museum, on top of a hill, offering from its garden a unique view over Messejana. It’s studios with high white walls and quiet environment offer the perfect setting for visual artists and writers.


Joaquina’s house was our latest achievement and finding. It is a completely rebuilt one-person apartment that offers a private studio and accommodation to a resident looking for more quietness and privacy. It is located just 300 meters from Messejana’s central square, in a very central and typical section of the historic center.

Buinho also acts as a local intermediary, offering its residents the possibility to use and exhibit their works in other spaces in the town.

Buinho organises two types of residencies:

Visiting residents

Visiting residents are people that are invited directly by Buinho association. They don’t have to apply. The fees for visiting residents are paid through external funding.

They work with the community or help with the development of internal projects and/or products.

Spontaneous Application

Any person can apply through a Spontaneous Application. Residents that are entering Buinho through a Spontaneous Application pay a weekly or a monthly fee.

The fee helps with the maintenance costs of Buinho.

How to Apply

Applicants should send an email to with the following information:

  • A brief description of the work you intend to create during your residency and your reasons for applying
  • Biography / CV
  • Small portfolio in PDF format or a link to portfolio site
  • The dates which you intend to stay

The selection will be done by the Buinho’s curatorial committee. We will take in consideration the creative´s portfolio and biography, the motivation, the viability of the proposal and its adaptation to available resources.


In Buinho we differentiate the value of the residency fees according to the characteristics of the accommodation. By differentiating the fees we are establishing a more fair criterion between residents, and also enabling those with fewer incomes to come to Buinho.

As of May 2023, the monthly fee is the following:

1. São João larger bedroom with private bathroom and shared studio – 900€;
2. São João other two bedrooms with shared bathroom and shared studio – 800€;
3. Joaquina’s House (the whole house for just one resident) – 1000€;
4. Casa da Avó two bedrooms with shared bathroom and private studios – 900€

An accompanying person has a 50% discount but has to share the accommodation.

The minimum duration of each residency is two weeks and the maximum is two months. Residencies should start either on the 1st or on the 15th of each month. Please note that after the acceptance into the Creative Residency program, we will ask for an initial deposit of 50% of the total value of the stay. The rest of the value is to be paid during the first week of residency.

Fees include the private bedroom, use of all shared spaces, the studio and workshop facilities, and all of the available equipment. Buinho will issue a receipt and send a formal acceptance letter if requested.

Cancellation requests with a full reimbursement of the deposit should be made by writing within 5 months before the start of the period of stay. All other cancellations will not result in the refund. Deposits are non-refundable and residency dates are non-transferable.

For more information please download the Creative Residency Guidelines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


A selection of projects developed by our creative residents.