Terra Creative is an ongoing residencies programme, part of Terra’s active structural foundation, and central to our mission of catalysing innovation.
Comporta Weather Station
Terra has commissioned and is currently producing the Comporta Weather Station, which is to be located in the village of Carvalhal. It is meant to capture glimpses of regions’ flora and fauna and to study how the ecosystem is influenced and affected by the weather.
Collaborating with designers, musicians, sound-designers and poets, we are interested in understanding how creative disciplines can address the issue of climate change in unexpected ways.
This project is part of the World Weather Network.
The Day Opens My Eyes
In November 2022 Rafael de Oliveira did the first Terra Creative residency. He spent several days immersed in the specific ecosystem of the Comporta area, registering a kaleidoscope of images with his camera. He edited some of the images later, and left others untouched, following his own approach to this artistic discipline and his “vision of the world through photography."
Terra presented part of his work and research in an exhibition in Carvalhal entitled The Day Opens My Eyes, under the art direction of José Cabaço, which opened on 12 August 2023.
Fazer Bem Programme
Fazer Bem is one of Terrafoundation's first programmes, and its main objective is to promote the social inclusion of women by way of educational and training actions in the areas of design and crafts, contributing to their sustainability and economic independence.
It aims at gender equality and female empowerment. It is also about introducing creativity and design as elements of innovation through the use of natural and sustainable materials, stimulating the creation of artifacts with their own identity and cultural values.
Terra opens our activities to the surrounding community as a basic operational tenet, and educational services are among our primary calls.Know more
Research & Creation
Innovation is part of Terra’s identity: we celebrate it, we cultivate it, we facilitate it. At the same time, we know that the past may hold clues to solutions we’ll need to thrive in the future. The culture sector is an incubator and testing field for innovative ideas to address the most complex challenges we face. Therefore, holding the space and offering the impetus for research and creation across the culture sector is one of Terrafoundation’s most important functions.
Everything we do depends upon the integrity of our relationships in the web of our own ecosystem.Know more
It is driven by the conviction that living culture is the path to deep and lasting transformation for the collective good.
In the face of increasingly urgent concerns about the effects of climate change, which include social injustice and economic disparity, Terrafoundation sees culture - the fourth pillar of sustainability - as a central tool in the work of redesigning radical new solutions for a dynamic social, economic, cultural and environmental ecosystem.
Our perspective is based on ecology. We are curious about the relationships between living organisms - humans and otherwise - and their environments, and we are committed to understanding and protecting the vital connections among us all. Rooted in Portugal, Terrafoundation is a catalyst for change without borders.
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