Platform of Arts and Creativity in Guimarães

Municipality of Guimarães
Objetivos clave de la medida:

The Platform of Arts and Creativity is an infrastructural project of transformation of the Old Market in Guimarães, a multifunctional space dedicated to artistic activity, cultural, economic and social. This equipment will host a series of skills and areas dedicated to three major program areas. Guimarães was European Capital of Culture in 2012.

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The buildings that make up the Municipal Market and the space defined by them, commonly referred to as “the square”, a name inherited from market square are, as a unit, characteristic elements of the urban landscape of the city of Guimarães. The grounds of the old municipal market boasted a privileged and very central location with excellent accesses, very close to the Toural Square and the historic center.

The program provided a clear concept and defined the objectives intended to achieve with this infrastructure, listing a series of skills and spaces that constitute the functional program for both the new and the existing buildings, as well as the adjacent plots of land. For this purpose three major program areas were defined:

-Art Center, which houses a permanent collection, in this case the Collection of José Guimarães, temporary exhibition area, a multipurpose space for additional activities, performances and shows, in addition to a series of complementary services. The exhibition area gets the name of the artist José de Guimarães, born in the city, which then deposits a large group of the most important parts of the three collections that has constituted fifty years ago - African Tribal Art, Archaeological Art Chinese and Pre-Columbian Art (Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica) - and works of the artist's own authorship. The Center is composed of 13 exhibition halls, a store, a cafeteria, a conference room and a black box.

-Creative Labs are business support for the reception, installation of activities and incubation of projects related to creative industries, focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, allowing the development of business projects.
-Workshops to Support Emerging Creativity, consisting of workspaces and creative vocation for young creators in various areas of activity, hoping to develop projects on a temporary basis, boosting a contagious creative momentum throughout the Platform of Arts.


Resultados esperados a través de la implementación de la medida:

It provides the city with the effective acquisition of a singular and qualified public space, with dynamic and appealing activities and spaces of socialization and community life.

With this project, the transformation of the marketplace into a multifunctional space dedicated to artistic, economic, cultural and social activities within the scope of European Capital of Culture 2012, allowed for the physical and functional reintegration into the urban fabric, to become a reality and so, to recover one key area of ​​the city space. In addition, the operation extended to adjacent plots, enabling the regeneration of the interior space of the block, which was completely uncharacterized, as a result of its occupation by a marble processing industry.

Finally, the intent to recover the existing building on the eastern side, trying to promote the installation of additional commercial activities that could enhance the creation of a space with a broad scope in regards to multidisciplinary cultural activities.

The whole structure, according to the program, would complement the existing equipment in the city, as well as those which were under development within the European Capital of Culture.


13 Exhibition Halls

Conference Room - Capacity - Pax: 80 in audience

Possibilities of use: conferences, work meetings, training acyions, product launches, etc. 


Blak Box - Capacity-pax: 198

Possibilities of use: shows, conferences.


5 Workshops


12 Laboratories


Restaurant, book store, parking 

Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida:

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Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)