Artistic Area

Visual Arts

Paulo Moreira


Rua dos Clérigos 44
4050-204 Porto


+ 351 221 126 850


INSTITUTO is a focal point for various forms of cultural expression. It is situated in a restored warehouse on Rua dos Clérigos, in the heart of Porto. The original building was designed in the 1950s by the renowned architect and engineer Júlio de Brito, who was also responsible for significant projects in the vicinity such as the Teatro Rivoli, Café Aviz, and Confeitaria Ateneia. The site was initially occupied by the pharmaceutical warehouses of the Instituto Pasteur, comprising a unique collection of small industrial premises, in addition to two annexes and a spacious courtyard. In 2017, architect Paulo Moreira purchased the building and opened a studio there in 2018 after a modest and careful restoration. INSTITUTO is conceived as an interdisciplinary extension of the studio, assuming an autonomous program and management. The informality of the space and the desire to address pressing issues in today's society encourage the creation and exploration of new contemporary discourses. Within the scope of the residency programme, are especially appreciated proposals related to architecture, spatial practices, criticism, urban culture and post-colonialism, with a tangible public and social impact.



Architects, artists, researchers (individuals or small teams; Portuguese or international), in all fields.


Proposal with bio/CV and sinopsis of the project to develop. Works related to architectural, urban and social issues are specially appreciated.



Offering a series of rooms with different characteristics and facets, the building is available for residencies and cultural events. There are a hall and courtyard venue; workrooms for individual or small teams; a studio suitable for art and research residencies, and a project room for exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Additional info


• Studio with 47,5m2
• Room with double bed
• Bathroom (with shower)
• Fully equipped kitchenette
• Iron and ironing board
• Fan/ Heater
• Living room with desks, chairs, lamps, bookcase and sofa bed
• Independent access from the courtyard


• Space with 30 m²
• Bright room for receptions and informal gatherings
• Modular tables available, which can be configured in different ways
• Direct access to the courtyard, kitchen and toilets

Project Room

• Room with 35 m²
• Good natural light, with the option of darkening the room for projections
• Desks, chairs, plinths and projector available


• Exterior space with 70 m²
• Adaptable to various types of outdoor activities
• Direct access to the hall, kitchen and toilets
• Night lighting, electrical connection, furniture available.


 4000€-6000€ - In Residence grant / Porto City Council