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artist residency

Pico island, Azores

Pico island, Azores, middle of the Atlantic Ocean, vulcanic mountain, prestine lagoons, hundreds of shades of green with flowers perking from every orface, natural sea-pools, whales and dolphins and birds at viewing distance, caves and trails to explore, dark lava fields, over 300 craters visible at climbing the 2351 metre-high mountain... an artist paradise.

Come spend a week, a month or a life-time in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The purpose of the MiratecArts Artist Residency is to provide an ideal retreat style project space for creative people to connect and build on their creativity while continuing their artistic journey. Emerging and established artists, curators and writers with an identified project and a commitment to concentrated work are encouraged to apply.

We suggest the best months for residency be from January to March (if you like brisk, winter weather on an island) or April to June for temperate climate. In January you can participate in the Mountain Pico Festival (arts festival with programming themed around mountains), and in June you can participate in the Azores Fringe Festival (open access international arts festival).

Stay in a traditional stone-house, a hostel, motel residential or even a 4-star hotel. There are many different type of accomodation at a range of prices. Before booking your stay, please make sure you get our feedback on the location. We may be able to find you a simple space (limited time 3-5 days) if you give back to the community with na art project, lead workshops, etc., connecting to one of MiratecArts festival events. Use our simple studio spaces and nature to inspire you to create. Perfect for en plein air painting projects. Learn about local culture and traditions. Develop your work. Be a part of community.

MiratecArts artistic-director, Terry Costa, will also provide guidance and host events and tourism opportunities. You can visit neighbouring islands of Faial and São Jorge by boat on a day-trip, or plan to stay longer. If you have any questions to not hesitate to ask via info@mirateca.com

TRAVEL: Azores islands are acessible by direct flights from Lisbon, Boston, Toronto with SATA / Azores Airlines.

ACCOMODATIONS: choose your preference of traditional stone house, a room in local islanders home, a motel room, a hostel or even a 4-star hotel.

FOOD: Being a vegetarian used to be difficult on the island, but now there are many more opportunities for such folk. Supermarkets exist on the island. Many restaurants will welcome you and even build a meal around your specificities. Local food is amazing but it may be a little bit on the fatty/heavy side of meats and fish.

MiratecArts has been a host to writers, musicians, dancers, visual artists and much more. We have created now the "Madalena Public Art Routeroute" in the village of Madalena with some of the work created.

MIRATECARTS is a not-for-profit artist-run organization created to enhance individual, team and organizational productivity in the arts world. MiratecArts produces, promotes and presents artists, shows and events encompassing all artistic disciplines. MiratecArts was founded in 2002 in Vancouver-Canada and moved to Azores, Portugal in 2012 starting a new organization. It manages the Montanha Pico Festival, Azores Fringe Festival, Cordas World Music Festival, AnimaPIX, and the online platforms DiscoverAzores.eu for azorean artists and artistaslusos.net for luso-descendants and portuguese living abroad, incentivating investment in Portugal with their art.


SPECIAL EVENT: En Plein Air Pico - June 2018

MiratecArts is supporting artists wishing to visit and work in Pico island. We have various programs throughout the year. For 2018, we are planning a specific program for PLEIN AIR painters; between 21 and 30th of june, for the low cost registration of 200€ / 250USD, our artistic director will provide a welcome dinner, a talk presentation about the island and the two neighbouring islands visitable for the day, take you to at least 5 locations (one per day) for you to explore and paint, and give you open-access to the MiratecArts Galeria Costa, a 20,000 square metre land (1Km walk from one end to the other) amidst vinyards, bush, local forest and coastal line.

You may also wish to come any other time of the year, but our organization is planning these dates as we find that sometimes it is great to be in a group. Also, end of your stay we have potential to do an event exhibiting your work in the center of the main town of Madalena.

Lets talk. Let´s plan. Let´s do arts on the highest peak of the mid-Atlantic North Ridge, Pico island (PIX airport reachable by www.sata.pt)

If still interested, let´s continue the dialogue. Send email with your information or links to website as well as your questions; we can also suggested places for accomodations, etc. info@mirateca.com



Pico island (PIX airport) is only accessible by SATA / Azores Airlines and costs fluctuate; direct flights from Lisbon are available, and with only one-stop layover you can also reach us from many European cities and North America: Toronto and Boston SATA


check out photos of our past projects in Pico island


If interested, please make contact introducing yourself and your idea or plan: info@mirateca.com
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