Maria Oliveira.


Ci.CLO, in partnership with Évora City Council, Figueira da Foz City Council, Loulé City Council, Mértola City Council, Setúbal City Council and EDIA, has launched an Open Call for Sustentar, 6 grants for the development of new visual arts projects. Each grant corresponds to a project that was or is being implemented by each partner in the social and / or environmental field.


Sustentar targets national and foreign artists living in Portugal who use photography and video as means of expression.


The project comprises 4 markers over a period of 2 years, which interconnect and complement each other: open call, training, residencies and travelling exhibition.

Grants and Artists

Évora City Council - Elisa Azevedo

POCITYF - Positive Energy Blocks. Building a self-sustaining and environmentally friendly city

POCITYF is a smart city-oriented project that foresees the integration of innovative energy systems to make them more self-sustainable and environmentally friendly. This project’s major goal is to deliver a set of Positive Energy Blocks – in a limited geographic area where average local renewable generation is greater than its consumption.

The Municipality of Évora is the designated Portuguese pilot city for this experimental project with potential for replication nationally and internationally. The Positive Energy Blocks project is intended to transform the urban fabric of the city, focusing on historically protected areas, and create more sustainable, healthy and accessible places.

Figueira da Foz City Council - Maria Oliveira

Museological Center of Salt. Enhancing the “Salina do Corredor da Cobra” as a natural and cultural heritage

Salt exploration has always played a decisive role in the local economy of Figueira da Foz - the oldest references to this activity, as well as to Morraceira Island, date back to 1166. Recognizing the natural and cultural potential of salt as a development lever of the territory, the municipality acquired the “Salina do Corredor da Cobra”, in order to promote the reactivation and continuous maintenance of saline activity.

The Museological Center of Salt was established in 2007, as an information, education and awareness center to preserve a traditional activity and a natural product. It focuses on the interpretation, valorisation and dissemination of unique testimonies related to the county's salt flats.

This cultural and environmental complex includes a Salt Warehouse, a Pedestrian Route through the salt, a River Route through the Mondego River estuary and a bird observatory, asserting itself as a privileged place to enjoy a great fauna and landscape richness.

Loulé City Council - Nuno Barroso

Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira Geopark: Protecting and valuing a 350 million year old history

The geodiversity of the aspiring Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira Geopark dates back 350 million years, when the Algarve mountain range began to be “drawn”, marked by the gravavaks and the clay schist. But history is not only recorded on rocks: this territory has had human habitation inhabited since Prehistory, at least 20,000 years ago.

Against the background of the involvement of local communities, the Municipality of Loulé is committed to enhance this natural and cultural heritage. This project is designed to promote knowledge about the territory through the creation of synergies between cultural, environmental, social, scientific, educational and tourist activities, ensuring the conditions for sustainable development and solidly based on a green and socially balanced economy.

Mértola City Council - Evgenia Emets

Agroecological transition: Tackling climate change using syntropic agriculture

In Mértola, climate change is a close reality: the municipality has been struggling with extreme drought for three years. The adaptation to this scenario of severe water scarcity is based on tests for an agroecological transition, through the planning and implementation of a Demonstrative and Experimental Park in the Perimeter Forest of Mértola.

In this context, the implementation of syntropic agriculture techniques stands out. It is based on the creation of a stratified system in which the forest mixes with agriculture and the soil protected by the shade of the larger trees allows the growth of the various species. This technique enhances the regeneration of soils, which become more humid, and promotes the absorption of water from the atmosphere.

The implementation of a Local Food Network is underway simultaneously, which aims at a more sustainable food future based on the consumption of local products. There is already a network of local horticultural and fruit producers based on agro-ecological practices.

In terms of raising awareness and involving the community, pedagogical and practical actions have been developed, including the elementary school, with the creation of five syntropic gardens.

Setúbal City Council - Margarida Reis Pereira

Setúbal Preserves Grito do Povo and Pescadores neighborhoods: Minimizing social vulnerabilities while preserving identity and memories

Outside the city center and marked by unemployment and social exclusion, the districts of Grito do Povo (People’s Cry) and Pescadores (Fishermen) are home to around 580 families, mainly linked to fishing and the canning industry.

In order to minimize social vulnerabilities in these historic neighborhoods in the area of ​​the Anunciada, Setúbal Preserves has been initiated, a project that brings together a set of intervention strategies capable of enhancing the appropriation of public spaces by residents and the consequent construction of the neighborhoods' intergenerational identity and the preservation of its memories.

The creation of urban art routes are an example of valuing the place and its people, where history and culture go hand in hand. This and other interventions are just the beginning of a process of transforming neighborhoods and the quality of life of its residents - a first step in building spaces for the future.

EDIA - Samuel Mountford

Alqueva: Boosting the adaptation of the Montados cultural landscape to climate change

The impact of climate change on Portuguese society, economy and ecosystems has been felt, with particular gravity, in the south of the country. In this region, between 1955 and 2005, the average annual precipitation decreased about 190mm, while the temperature increase reached 1.3ºC.

EDIA participates in LIFE Montado-Adapt and Alqueva contributes to promoting the resilience of this territory. The project aims to mitigate the consequences of climate change in the Montados cultural landscape in Portugal and Spain, improving their economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Based on the premise that it is not possible to achieve sustainability with management systems that do not contemplate climate change, LIFE Montado-Adapt supports the implementation of the Integrated Land Use (ILU) in the regions of Alentejo, Extremadura and Andalusia. As it is a system based on adapting to current climatic conditions, its strategies for crop diversification, both agricultural and forestry, promote an increase in the productive capacity of properties and, at the same time, contribute to the reduction of territorial and demographic desertification.

The Coitadinha Homestead, in Barrancos, is the first demonstrative area of ​​this project, in which the first ILU is being implemented. It is in this cultural and highly biodiverse landscape that artistic work will be developed.


Sustentar aims to support the production of a series of projects that focus on experimental initiatives currently being implemented in Portugal that respond to the ecological and social challenges we now face. Sustentar is intended to promote and highlight good practices and relevant trends in the context of ecological, social and economic sustainability, to encourage a more active, resilient and responsible citizenship in the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage.

More specifically, through Sustentar, we aim to:

  • Create an art project platform with sustainability as its thematic axis, that contributes to a greater critical awareness about the ecological and social vulnerabilities we face;
  • Develop a space for experiences that intersect art, politics, ecology, society and education and stimulates constructive dialogues between artistic and civic principles;
  • Value innovative and experimental initiatives related to sustainability practices that are being implemented in Portugal. Identify themes and factors that value the territory of each municipality in terms of natural and cultural heritage;
  • Identify themes and factors that value the national territory in terms of natural and cultural heritage;
  • Promote awareness of the local community and society in general about ecological knowledge, conservation of natural, cultural and social ecosystems as elements that enhance the territory. Disseminate artistic production and initiatives carried in this project at national and international levels;
  • Design and disseminate artistic production and initiatives carried out within the scope of this project at national and international levels.
Maria Oliveira.
Elisa Azevedo.
Nuno Barroso.
Elisa Azevedo, Artist Residence in Évora.
Samuel Mountford, Artist Residence in Parque de Natureza de Noudar.