Since 2017, ArtWorks hosts an artistic residency program called No Entulho Artistic Residencies. This project is committed to rethinking the subject according to two different logics: the support of artists and the creation of solutions for a more sustainable production. According to these premises, surplus matter regains an active position in the production cycle, preventing its fate as waste.

The No Entulho Artistic Residencies have a clear focus on production and are geared towards emerging artists. Their main goal is the exploration of rubble: raw materials in constant mutation that are intersected by artists with the gesture of their practice.

In this context, our facilities provide unique studio conditions, combining two production periods – artistic and industrial – and the experience of a place that is characterized by its rurality and the different industries. A fundamental part of the residencies is the result of the symbiosis between these two worlds, which for a certain period of time will share the same space and use the same means and materials, although with different intentions and purposes.

The residencies are structured in programmatic cycles that boost an exploratory environment which is the outcome of a creative symbiosis between empirical and artistic knowledge. In the interest of a more resilient practice, through which opportunities for equal access to resources are fostered, these residencies accompany the development of ArtWorks, asserting itself as one of the central hinges of the organization.

In addition to supporting emerging artists – by offering them every means of production as well as a space for experimentation – the artistic residencies aim to strengthen the participation of the working community in the development of projects of an artistic nature, encouraging the share of empirical, artistic and other experiences.


Rubble is a raw matter in constant mutation that artists intersect with the gesture of their practice. It is composed of industrial surplus material, the technical knowledge of those who operate them and the equipment and processes inherent to this relationship.

The waste or unusable material from the production of different manufacturing sectors can be found in the factory’s production lines or waste treatment plants:

Glass – steel – aluminum – iron – fiberglass – textile – wood and chipboard – cardboard – dirt – tires – rubber – stone – plastics (pvc, pp, pe) – cork – screed mixes – ceramics – cement, among others.

The existing equipment and processes are available to the resident who can operate them directly or with the help of the technical team:

Welding equipment – saws – drills – angle grinders – disc cutting machine – plasma cutting – chamfering machine – suction cups – easels – packaging material – carpentry material – equipment associated with handling – metals (cnc, bending machine, calender, drilling machine, tigue welding, among others) – other equipment (vacuum machine, forklifts, crane, emery, suction machine, packaging machine, pallet trucks, among others) – motorization and electronics department – recording equipment of sound and image.

Technical support will be provided during the residency for the definition of production and manufacture solutions, apprenticeship of execution techniques and process coordination:

Blacksmiths – electricians – technical personnel specialized in glass and window frames – programmers – curators – architects – designers – engineers – technical support from partner entities.