18 a 21 de Maio 2019

Santo Tirso | Portugal

18 May – 15H00

Presentation of Proceedings “Public Art International Conference” (October 23 and 24, 2015)

Proposed by the Santo Tirso Municipality, the Art History Institute from Universidade Nova de Lisboa organized an international conference “Public Art: Place, Context, Participation”, that took place between October 23 and 24, 2015, at Santo Thyrso Factory. During the conference there was also an assessment of the activities developed since 1991 by the International Sculpture Symposia of Santo Tirso.

Proceedings release is presented by the conference coordinators – Margarida Brito Alves, Bernardo Pinto de Almeida and Catarina Rosendo

Speakers – Laura Castro and Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro


18 May – 19H30

Exhibition Fernando Casás – “Depois de Marte”

The visual artist Fernando Casás is considered one of the precursors of the movements of Art & Nature. Of Galician origin, he spent most of his life in Brazil where, since the 60’s, he developed an artwork that many times was ephemeral and connected to the passage of time through nature. His artwork presents itself as a constant dialog with Nature. After mars reflects his most intimate and minimalist side of his interventions in nature, as a result of the accumulation of materials that pushed the artist to search for a more purified and conceptual elaboration in which the materials and language used weren’t definite, they were expressive of the different concepts present in his work.


MAY 19 – 09H00 to 18H00



Archaeology – “Hanging by a thread

Since remote times we have dedicated ourselves to handicraft, has a means to pass the time and also because there was a need for it. Ceramic, wood, stone and rattan pieces were created. These materials were used to decorate houses and transporting things. In this workshop, kids are invited to become little craftsman, building their own baskets, that can even later store their own treasures.


Archaeology – “Emperor for a day

In ancient Greece and Rome, laurel wreaths were a symbol of great glory for whomever wore them: victorious generals or Olympic Games winners. Later, the emperor of Rome used the laurel wreath as higher symbol of the Empire. In this workshop, kids will have the opportunity to create their own crowns and become the Emperor for a day.


Sculpture – “Stocking the Sculpture

What could it be a stocking doing at the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture? Would it be possible to build a sculpture from it? During this day, our little sculptors will be able, with the help from grown-ups, to discover the possibility of making a sculpture with different materials from the ones we are used to. We are certain that imagination will come to our aid. Let’s get creative.


Theater for Kids – 15H00

The Important Things Dance” (ACE Teatro do Bolhão)


MAY 20/21 – 09H00 to 17H30

Archaeology and Sculpture Workshops for Schools


Archaeology – “Piece by Piece

A lot of artwork from the Roman Empire survived until these days. Some of them can be observed in the Museums, but others are exactly where they were found. That is the case of the beautiful mosaics found at the roman houses all over the country. For this reason, the participants of this activity can make their own mosaic, so that they will be able to take it with them, like a little piece of the museum itself.


Sculpture – “Hands on

At the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture we can find a lot of sculptures made from different materials: stone, iron, steel and wood. But what if the sculptors could use pasta? In this workshop participants will be able to build a sculpture with this unique material that comes in multiple shapes and sizes.

19 May – CONCERT 


Wim Mertens

Free admission