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26th April
to 14th July
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Design Residencies in Portugal Summer 2024

26th April to 14th July
Introducing the Design Residency in Castelo Branco – a Design Dept initiative to cultivate your design practice at Portugal's Creative Factory. Apply for one of six places in a month-long experience in June - July 2024. Open to L6 + L7 Design Students studying Textiles, Illustration, Craft & Product
This activity is brought to you in partnership with the Careers Service and Rise

Castelo Branco, a region in Portugal renowned for its textile heritage, shares a special bond with Manchester through a friendship agreement. Supported by Castelo Branco municipality FÁBRICA DA CRIATIVIDADE, Man Met Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the UK Government Turing Fund, this residency programme is a product of this enduring relationship.

The Design Residency in Castelo Branco offers a fresh approach to fostering Design Practice at the Creative Factory in Portugal. Six Design Department students will embark on a one-month full-time residency in July 2024, focusing on developing their practice and building networks in Castelo Branco.

Each resident will produce a body of creative work, including a reflective report for exhibition in the Vertical Gallery MMU in Autumn 2024, contributing to the gallery’s international profile. Residents will have access to the factory’s co-working studio space and resources, providing them with the necessary time, space, freedom, and financial support to concentrate on developing their work post-graduation.


· Residency Dates: 17th June – 14th July 2024

· Deadline for Applications:  Wed 1st May by 12 Midday

· Online Briefing Session: Fri 26th April 11 am -12 pm here



Please submit your CV & Expression of Interest (max 300 words) by midday on Wednesday 1st May 2024. 

In your 300-word expression of interest, please include the following: 





·      A brief statement outlining your interest in this opportunity and how this experience will impact your future.

·      Outline your current practice and skills and how you would develop your work on this residency

·      Explain how the Turing Scheme funding would enable you to develop professional skills and graduate attributes  (See further advice below).

·      Include X2 images of your work

·      Save your file as a PDF and upload it to the application form

Include X2 images of your work



Prepare your CV to upload to the application form, including the name and contact details of a professional referee – your course tutor. (Please note we will only contact your referees if your application is shortlisted for an interview).


What happens next?

If you are accepted onto the shortlist, you will receive an email.

Short-listed candidates who have been accepted to be considered will then be invited for a conversation with members of the Design team as part of the formal selection process for this opportunity. This is a mandatory part of the selection process. 

If you are successful, we will then support you through the steps needed to take up the opportunity. 

As part of the selection, we will consider the following: 

·      Your 300-word Expression of Interest document & CV

·      Your Engagement with your programme of study (including any grades to date)

·      Whether you would be eligible for additional Turing Scheme funding 

Further advice for your expression of interest:

Students who study abroad develop a skill set that is valued by employers. Some skills and qualities are useful to develop to facilitate a successful experience. 

1.    Motivation: By living abroad, you will be taken outside of your comfort zone and may face a range of different challenges during your residency abroad journey. Key skills and qualities include resilience, organisation, flexibility, and patience. A positive attitude and commitment to success is important. To be selected for this programme, you need to demonstrate commitment to getting the most out of your experience. You will experience a different way of life whilst overseas, and you will need to deal with this with a positive attitude and pragmatism, whilst taking responsibility for your success. You will need to be a self-motivated and proactive individual with a collaborative and mature approach to your work and others.

2.    Developing yourself: Taking part in a residency abroad provides a great opportunity to develop yourself personally, culturally, and academically. What will you do to make the most of your experience to achieve your residency abroad goals? How will Turing Scheme funding help you to achieve your goals

and aid your commitment to your creative development and artistic ambition toward creating relevant work for the autumn exhibition 2024.

Key Skills…Self-resilience, organisation, flexibility, and patience

Please click on the following link to proceed with your application: Apply Here.


Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Develop...yourself personally, culturally, and academically
  • Commit... your time to forging new networks and friendships in the factory's co-working studio space
  • Focus...on developing an engaging body of work and creative report during the residency
  • Build ambition...with time, space, freedom, and financial support to concentrate on your studio practice
  • Showcase...your residency work in the Vertical Gallery Autumn 2024
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • personal_video 11:00 to 12:00 on 26/04/24 - Takes place online
    Online Briefing Session
  • call_split 26/04/24 to 01/05/24
    Expression of Interest
    Please submit your expression of interest (max 300 words) by midday on Wednesday 1st May 2024.
  • place 17/06/24 to 14/07/24 - Castello Branco
    Residency Dates