Luis Campos e Cunha, Founder and Chairman
Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Luís has a long professional career in the areas of economics and management (Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal, Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics, and Finance Minister). Nevertheless, Luís has always maintained a close relationship with the world of contemporary art: he was Vice-Chairman of the Serralves Foundation and Vice- President of Centro Cultural de Belém Foundation. In the early 80s he studied painting and art history at Columbia University (NY), while taking a PhD in Economics. In 2016 Luís received the Grã-Cruz of the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique from the President of the Republic of Portugal as a recognition of his public service.


Luisa Especial, Founder and Artistic Director
Independent curator and researcher, Luísa has collaborated in that capacity with the following institutions: the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Contemporary Photography Collection /Novo Banco, Culturgest, Serralves Museum, Berardo Museum, Guimarães Capital of Culture, among others. In 2016 Luísa co-curated the exhibition Second Nature at MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) . In 2015 she was the Editorial Coordinator and Text Editor for Photography, a User ́s Manual, an extensive publication on Portuguese Contemporary Photography. In the past, she has organized projects, implemented partnerships and supported the artists in residence while working in non profit organizations such as Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn) and Carpe Diem Art and Research. Luisa holds a PhD in Art Sociology, a master’s degree in Curating Studies and a degree in Art History and benefited from two grants from the FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e para a Tecnologia for the development of both thesis. Luisa is a member of the Portuguese section of AICA – International Association of Art Critics.


Heitor Fonseca, Production Manager

Visual artist with public activity since 1991, Heitor works since 1994 as assistant setting up exhibitions in the context of the visual arts as a freelancer. He was set up assistant of exhibitions at Culturgest between 2004 and 2017 regularly and collaborated with other institutions, among them the  Museu de Arte Antiga (MNAA), Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (MNAC), Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (MAAT), Fundação Carmona e Costa, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Chiado 8 and MUHKA (Antwerp). Additionally, Heitor has experience as direct assistant to visual artists such as Carlos Roque, Rui Toscano, Marta Alvim and Alexandre Estrela, in the execution of national and international exhibition projects. Heitor holds a degree in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.


Other Founding Members:
— Alexandre Abrantes, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa
— Inês Mourão, Director of the Cooperativa Comunicação e Cultura (CCC) in Torres Vedras, AiR 351 Board Member
— Matilde Ferreira de Almeida, Managing Director of SPARK Arts Consulting
— Marta Alvarez, Cultural Producer
— João Salgueiro, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova SBE
— José António Girão, Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova SBE
— Mário Rui Porta, Lawyer, AiR 351 Board Member
— Nuno Filipe Valentim, Architect


Strategic Board
— Adam Budak (Czech Republic), Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Art, Prague
— António Gomes de Pinho (PT), Collector, President of Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Foundation, Lisbon
— António Homem (USA), Collector, Director of Sonnabend Collection, New York
— Isabel Carlos (PT), Independent Curator
— James Lingwood (UK), Co-Director of ArtAngel, London
— José Pedro Croft (PT), Artist
— Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas (BR), Collector, Founding Member of Patronage of Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid
— Narelle Jubelin (AUS), Artist
— Pablo Berástegui (ES), Art Projects Manager, Director of the ECOC San Sebastián 2016
— Suzanne Cotter (UK), Director of Serralves Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
— Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi (Nigeria), African Art Curator, African Art Curator, Cleveland Museum of Art


Selection Committee
— Delfim Sardo (PT), Visual Arts Curator, Culturgest, Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Portugal)
— Nathalie Anglès (FR/USA), Executive Director and Founder of Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn
— Sébastien Pluot (FR), Co-Director of Art by Translation program


Sponsors Board
AIR 351 Sponsors Board is formed by companies, individuals and institutions that support AiR 351 and closely follow the development of the project.


Leading Sponsor





Through institutional partnerships, AiR 351´s activities encompass a variety of contexts such as museums, universities and art schools. Cascais Municipality provides AiR 351 headquarters in Cascais. AiR 351 is part of the Bairro dos Museus (Cascais Museum Quarter).




Institutional Partners



Cascais Municipality provides AiR 351 headquarters in Cascais.






Program Partners





Each year there will be one exhibition entitled “AIR 351 presents…” at the MAAT with works from resident(s) from AIR 351 and curated by both organizations.


Art by Translation
A program dedicated to art research directed by Maud Jacquin (FR) and Sébastien Pluot (FR). This collaborative network connects AiR 351 to leading international cultural institutions and involves the development of research, exhibitions and joint publications.

In an industrial context Artworks develops artistic residencies with the remains from materials used in the factory (glass, iron, steel, aluminium). AIR 351 and Artworks have joined forces towards allowing exchanges of residents and resources.

AiR 351 and ESAD.CR/IPLeiria have established an agreement for mutual collaboration for cultural, educational and technical initiatives encompassing the artistic community of ESAD.CR/IPLeiria and AiR 351 residents.

support us!

AiR 351 Residency Association is a non-profit. Your company may sponsor AiR 351 through financial support or in-kind support. All support is of great value. We develop customized sponsor proposals in order to meet the needs of each company and to strengthen the positioning of each sponsor. Besides the advantages in terms of visibility, sponsors may enjoy corporate tax benefits.


In 2015 AIR 351 received the status of Cultural Interest by the Secretary of State of Culture – Portuguese Government and therefore benefits for donations under the law of Sponsorship.