PENHA SCO is a production and artistic diffusion cooperative based in a former 450m² textile factory in Penha de França, Lisbon. The headquarters has 6 workshops, a 100m2 gallery, a black-box for rehearsals and presentations and a common area consisting of a kitchen and exhibition space, photographic laboratory, workshop and terrace. Throughout 2019 and 2020, we offer a large number of people, free of charge or through conscious collaboration, access to more than 100 events - exhibitions, performances, projections, concerts, courses and seminars - that have programmed an agenda

quarterly, with thematic cycles of "open curatorship".

Since its conception, the PENHA SCO is supported by a fixed team of cooperators and seeks to generate meetings through art and all its layers of expansion, with dialogues and debates on issues that devastate our times and the people who structure the space: friends, partners and visitors.

Each trimester they occur, in the different spaces of PENHA SCO, residencies, creation cycles,

meetings, exhibitions, performances, projections and concerts that fill our agenda with the cycles of "open curatorship".

These cycles work in the following way: after a choice among themes, a program is set up based on projects proposed by the cooperators, developed by people we believe in; from this new proposals arise from the public and from artists, producers and other people around us and, if there is dialogue with the issues present in the pre-defined theme, they are incorporated into the agenda of the trimester (so "open curatorship").

Our Team:

Artur Pispalhas

Post-graduated in Sound Art (Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa), graduated in Sound (Escola Superior de Artes e Design - Caldas da Rainha) and technician in Music Management and Production (Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação). He worked in structures like Karnart (sound design), Gulbenkian (stage lighting) and Chapitô (technical direction). He works as sound/lighting designer and technical director in collaboration with several artists/collectives and as musician in his own creations.

Joana Levi

Brazilian performer, director and dramaturge. She has lived in Lisbon since 2017. She has a degree in Philosophy/USP and a Master in Philosophy-Esthetics/FCSH-UNL. In the last 10 years she has dedicated herself to experimental and collaborative projects that forge a scene crossed by different languages (from performance to theatre, from dance to philosophical thought) and that evoke tension relations of the centre-periphery type expressed in urban, (post) colonial and gender contexts and conflicts.

Jorge Barata

The eternal search for things, that go and go beyond him, that continue. Musician, Cultural producer and actor by training(artistic studies, performing arts - IDS/FLUL), involved in artistic collectivities since 2016. Seeks reformation of thought through the vehicle of culture. Part constituent of this search since 2012, on a stage, which more recently has inhabited in more exclusive ways in a musical and sharing path.

Julia Salem

Born in São Paulo/BR and graduated in Communication of the Body Arts/PUC-SP, she is a dance and performance artist since 2007. Resident in Portugal for 4 years, she holds a master's degree in Communication and Arts/FCSH-UNL. As a creator, she dedicates herself to interdisciplinary artistic projects, art-education and politics of coexistence through art. As a researcher, she researches the themes of instability, wandering and play, as means to foster a participatory art that articulates thought, affection and relationality.

Maribel Mendes Sobreira

Architect, with post-graduation in Urban Heritage at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2007), Master in Philosophy at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, with a dissertation on "Architecture and Philosophy" (2016); PhD student in philosophy at the same faculty. She has published articles in the area of reflection on architecture, urban heritage and art theory, designs and guides activities to raise awareness of the arts and architecture, collaborates with the Berardo Collection Museum since 2007 and MAAT since 2020. Co-founder of the FACA Collective.

Rafael Efraim Alves

Nurse, cultural and social activist. Master in Geriatrics and Gerontology (University of Aveiro), Specialization in Health Policies and Medical Knowledge (IPPS-ISCTE), Cultural director at Ateneu de Coimbra 2006-2008, founded and participated in several traditional music groups, co-producer of the community festival "Sons da Fraga Dura", producer of the film "Pelos Trilhos do Andarilho" by GEFAC, cooperative founder of the social solidarity Via Hominis. He currently works at the Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa at the Geriatric Psychiatry Service.

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Rua Neves Ferreira, 10A, Penha de França.   C.P. 1170-274 / Lisboa / Portugal








Rua Neves Ferreira, 10A, Penha de França – C.P. 1170-274 / Lisboa / Portugal

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