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Fontelo Wood (Viseu, Portugal)
New Deadline: 26th of April 2020

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The deadline for submissions has ended. Results coming soon.

Having reached the deadline for POLDRA’s 2020 Open Call, we would like to thank all of you for the interest shown in the project, especially during this complex period that – we are aware – has limited to a large extent, some of the more technical issues.
Even so, there were 101 submissions, representing 38 different countries covering 4 continents!

The next step will be sending the proposals to the Jury members hoping that by mid-June there may be a final decision regarding which of the proposed works will be joining the Fontelo Woods Public Sculpture Circuit – POLDRA in the upcoming month of October 2020.

We will communicate the decision by e-mail and also at the project’s website.

Once again, our Thank you.
Until soon,
the POLDRA Team


POLDRA – Public Sculpture Project Viseu, envisions to develop contemporary public art/art in public space proposals – with a significant focus on sculpture – created for selected spaces (site-specific) reinventing and reinterpreting them; while encouraging interactions between the visitors and the sites themselves. Through this dynamic, the work of art will be the kickstarter of a relation that it is hoped can exist beyond the act of looking.

POLDRA thus intend to contribute to the creation of an open sky, public art circuit. Each edition will bring about a dimension of long duration temporary creations, with a minimum of 3 proposals that will be maintained for a period of approximately 2 years, in this way ensuring the intertwining between each year’s proposals and executions with the ones from following editions of POLDRA, thus allowing a dialogue between authorships, visions, concepts and premises.

Each year, through an Open Call, POLDRA also encourages the presentation of proposals that complementing the existing collection, allow for supplemental and diverse looks and practices upon the public spaces that are selected as grounds for the Project.

The proposals that may be presented through this Open Call, must be specifically conceived for the Fontelo Wood’s (Viseu, Portugal) and must embody consistent thinking concerning Public Art/Art in Public Spaces as well as reflect the body of work of the creator’s (individual or collective) perspective regarding the topic.


Get to know the full regulations here.


For the 2020 Edition, the Jury will be composed by a member of POLDRA’s Organizing Committee (João Dias, POLDRA’s Artistic Director), one member in representation of the Municipality of Viseu (Jorge Sobrado, Councilman responsible for Culture and Tourism), three reputed personal­ities with experience and merit in the field of contemporary creation (Emília Ferreira, Director of the Portuguese National Museum of Contemporary Art; Stella Ioannou, Co-Director of the festival “Sculpture in the City”; Penelope Curtis, Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Museum), and one artist present at a previous edition of POLDRA (Miguel Palma, Visual Artist).

Fontelo Wood, Viseu. Portugal. (40.656334, -7.900189)