“Arquipélago” – an Azores Center for Contemporary Arts will open in 2015. The former alcohol distilling factory in Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, will be transformed into “Arquipélago” - Center for Contemporary Art that is scheduled to open in 2015.
The building, which dates to 1890, is being renovated to host the new “living center for the arts”- according with the Regional Secretary for Education, Science and Culture, Luiz Fagundes Duarte.
The “Arquipélago” will be not only a museum with exhibitions, but it will also have ateliers and working spaces for all kinds of artists. The idea is that artists from all over the world can come to the Azores and show their work in the different art fields, including sculpture, photography, music, dance or theater.
In the Center there will also be a performing arts space for concerts, conferences and workshops to promote discussion and thinking.
A commission of curators has been named to build a contemporary collection with works from the turn of the millennium up to today. The Center for Contemporary Arts is a 12 million euros investment, partially financed by European Union funds, and it will restore life an historic building.