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artist residency

Pico island, Azores

Come spend a week, a month or even up to 3 months, or a year, 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, or motel. There are many different type of accomodation partners at acessible prices. We may be able to find you a simple space for free (limited time) if you give back to the community with na art project, lead workshops, etc. Use our simple studio spaces and nature to inspire you to create. 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 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 Airline.

ACCOMODATIONS: choose your preference of traditional stone house, a room in local islanders home, a motel room, a hostel.

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 "murals route" in the village of Madalena with some of the work created.

MIRATECARTS is an 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, the Murals Route in Madalena, DiscoverAzores platform of azorean artists and Atlantes that incentivates luso-descendants and portuguese living abroad to invest in Portugal with their art.



500€ per month is living well on the island, therefore you can create a much cheaper stay with us in Pico island.

airline costs fluctuate; direct flights from Lisbon, Toronto and Boston with SATA


check out photos of our past projects in Pico island


If interested, please make contact introducing yourself to info@mirateca.com
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