The network aims to unite people who are dedicated to the development and promotion of their particular artistic practise and who are keen to collaborate with other members on projects and events presented by the network or the individual.

Create Portugal é uma rede para artistas e artesãos de várias nacionalidades que vivem em Portugal. A rede tem por objectivo unificar pessoas que se dedicam ao desenvolvimento e promoção da sua prática individual artística e para quem é entusiasta na colaboração com outros membros em projectos e eventos apresentados pela rede ou de forma individual.


Photo Exhibition, Sintra: 'As Pedras da Condessa'

I'm very happy to invite you to the opening of my exhibition of photographs 'As Pedras da Condessa' (The Countess's Stones) in Sintra, on Saturday, 4th of February at 18.00. If you can't manage that date, the exhibition runs until 10th of March (08.00 to 1900).

This exhibition of five large-format photographs focuses on a dramatic group of granite blocks, commonly known as the Pedras do Chalet, located alongside the Chalet of the Countess d'Edla, in the west of the Parque da Pena in Sintra. Here, between 1864-1869, King Ferdinand II and his second wife, Elise Hensler, Countess d'Edla established a haven for their new life together away from the bustle and business of the court. The Countess, actress, singer, lover of the arts and literature, played a key role in creating a garden around the chalet, full of trees and plants from the four corners of the earth. These huge stones are the most striking feature of this special and romantic setting. It is to these stones, and to the memories they evoke, that this exhibition is devoted - 'as Pedras da Condessa.'

The address is:
Espaço Edla
Rua Dr. Alfredo da Costa, nº.52
2710-523 Sintra
(parallel to the street with the Sintra train station)

Hope to see you there

Richard Hartnoll


ETCHING WORKSHOP - Casa do Celeiro, Colares

Next etching workshop is proposed for Feb. 18 or 19th depending on students' preference in Casa do Celeiro, Colares. If you are interested or know someone who is please have them get in touch. I am offering a 20% discount providing I have a minimum of 4 students (€40 instead of €50 for a 6hr workshop including lunch and materials except plates). Get in touch for further information and/or look at earlier post on same workshop. Mary St.George


Secluded and Romantic Retreat

Portugal Yurt Retreat -
Stay in a romantic Mongolian style yurt and take some time out from your busy life to focus on your creative practice. Bring your paints, brushes, sketch book and drawing materials and relax in the peace and tranquility of a small valley in Central Portugal.

Self catering or B&B, with other meals available upon request.


New MEMBER! Fiona Macleod

I would like to welcome new member artist, Fiona Macleod. You can see her inspiring paintings below and on her website. Fiona lives in the heart of central portugal in the most beautiful region of Sertã.



Davide Susca is an Italian artist who has lived and worked all over the world. He now lives in Cartaxo, where he runs a gourmet shop:
"Loja Mergulhar nas Cores" selling a variety of items from scented soaps to delicious chocolates and permanently displays his art. The shop is also available to other artists to display their work.

"Na nossa loja misturamos Arte, Aromas e SaboresTemos chocolates, compotas, chás, biscoitos, doces
licores, azeites, vinagres, especiarias, sabonetes, cabazes feitos à medida,prendas personalizadas

e Arte by David"

Rua da República Nº 23
2070-067 Cartaxo, Portugal


As a new member of Create Portugal, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Filomena and her art:

The work of Maria Filomena CANADAS is expressed through a method of works in relief made by gluing, assembly and painting. Different materials are recovered from nature, in the streets, flea-markets and day-to-day packaging. The choice is made taking into account their shape, texture and colour and the function of the object is detracted away from its context. This is an exciting story rehabilitated between the symbolic and emotional. Some objects are extraordinary because of their history and the hands that have come into contact with them.  The works of Maria Filomena intersect the past with the contemporary. It is an adventure that takes place through a metamorphosis of matter and colour.

O trabalho de Maria Filomena CANADAS exprime-se através de relevo por meio de colagem, montagem e pintura. Diferentes materiais são recuperados da natureza, nas ruas, nas velharias e das embalagens do dia a dia. A escolha é feita atendendo à sua forma, textura e cor e a função do objecto é desviada do seu contexto. Este é reabilitado numa história emocionante entre o simbólico e o emocional. Alguns objectos são extraordinários devido à sua história e às mãos que percorreram. Nas obras de Maria Filomena cruzam-se o passado e o contemporâneo. É uma aventura que se realiza por uma metamorfose entre matéria e cor."

Happy New Year!

Bom Ano Novo e Happy New Year 2012!

May I also WELCOME our newest members: 
 artists Maria Filomena Canadas, Davide Susca and Fátima Nina.