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

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Our mission

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.


POLDRA’s Open Call 2020 Jury meeting took place late June 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.
The Jury has selected the works proposed by Jazmin Charalambous (GBR) – “Carpet of the Rock” – and Signe Ferguson (USA) & Thanasis Ikonomou (GRC/CAN) – “Misplaced Measure” – to be part of the POLDRA – Public Sculpture Project Viseu, from October this year onward. Congratulations to the authors.
Those works will be joining the existing works at Fontelo and two new works by Rui Sanches (PRT) and Kiluanji Kia Henda (AGO).


Get to know the full regulations here.


The Jury was 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)