Mata do Fontelo
POLDRA – Public Sculpture Project Viseu promotes site-specific contemporary public art/art in Public Space. POLDRA seeks works that propose new interpretation of the sites and spaces as well as encourage interaction between the viewer and the sites themselves. Through this dynamic, the works of art aspire to initiate connections that exist beyond the primary act of looking.
Launched in 2018, POLDRA has enriched the city of Viseu with an open-air public art route within a historic, urban Woods setting. With each annual edition grows a collection of long-term temporary interventions, maintained for periods of approximately two years, ensuring overlapping links between the new proposals and previous installations of each year, allowing for dialogue upon premise, sentiment, authorship and aesthetics.
Through an international Open Call with a significant focus on sculpture, POLDRA encourages proposals that both complement the existing collection as well as embody diverse views upon the public space(s) that are pre-selected for the Project.
Proposals submitted to this Open Call must be designed specifically for the Mata do Fontelo (Viseu, Portugal), and should reflect on the subject of Art in Public Space and be, themselves, a reflection of the focus and oeuvre of the creator (individual or collective) responsible for the proposal.
POLDRA’s Open Call 2021 Jury meeting took place late May and after confirming the necessary procedures, the Jurors deliberation is considered final.
POLDRA’s Team, would publicly and once more, like to thank all those who showed interest in the project and participated in the Open Call. We would like to thank for the time taken to address and show us your work, ideas and views for Fontelo and POLDRA.
We do hope that next year, we may once again receive your interest.
We would also like to announce that, this October, POLDRA will welcome the works proposed by Linfeng Zhou (“Little Choir in the Wild”) and Xinyi Wang (“4 Conversations”). Our public congratulation to both.
Hoping that 2022 may bring a new edition of the Open Call and that POLDRA may, once again, be of interest to You as artists and creators, it would be our pleasure to receive your proposals next year.
Get to know the full regulations here.
For the 2021 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, 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”; Ana Vasconcelos, Curator at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), and one artist present at a previous edition of POLDRA (Rui Sanches, Visual Artist).