OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE THE VISUAL ARTS MORE AVAILABLE TO THE MADEIRENSE PUBLIC AND VISITORS ALIKE, TO ENCOURAGE ART COLLECTING AS AN INTELLECTUAL PURSUIT BY PRESENTING A WIDE RANGE OF WORKS AVAILABLE FOR SALE FROM A STABLE OF RESPECTED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WORKING IN THE PLASTIC ARTS, TO BECOME A CATALYST AND CONDUIT FOR CULTURAL PROCESSES, AND TO BE A CULTURAL RESOURCE FOR BROADER AUDIENCES
Our key objective is to create an environment for the exchange of ideas and opinions, across the cultural spectrum, of those from absolutely differing disciplines, facilitating artists´ and audiences’ collaboration.
We strive to enrich the social culture of Madeira.
Our projects stimulate intelligent search, curiosity, and independent thinking. The Caravel Art Residency is a chance for talented people from around the world to focus on their artistic practice, developing their style and technique, and at the same time be inspired by the local community and unique setting and atmosphere that is Madeira.
Besides its programme of curated exhibitions, Art Centre Caravel organizes and holds competitions, workshops, seminars, public lectures and open-air field events for painters, sculptors, ceramicists and other creative people, within the nooks and crannies of this extraordinary island we know and love, providing an unequaled opportunity for intellectual tourism to engage with the environment to broaden its horizons with vivid impressions, furthered knowledge, in a relaxed atmosphere. Rebooting, awakening creativity, discovering new meaning in familiar processes, are the results aimed for in such projects, given opportunities for singles or family groups, visitors or residents alike
The exhibition space within Art Center Caravel is primarily a commercial gallery space used for its own annual programme of curated exhibitions, but is also available to hire to outside agencies and for private functions.
Currently the free-flowing space is spread over two floors consisting of up to five separate galleries, supplied on each floor with toilet facilities. Please be aware that at the current time access is by staircase only. Supplementary to the gallery spaces above, there is on the ground floor, with its own independent entrance, a specialist arts and craft shop (with disabled access and toilet facilities), and juice bar (currently under separate license).
Total area of galleries is approx. 130 square metres available as a whole or in individual units, the largest hall of which is 62 square metres, (see gallery photos for more information). Comprehensive hanging/suspension and track lighting systems are installed, with complimentary in-house secure WiFi throughout.
Our professional team of curatorial and/or PR staff are available to assist or fully manage your event.
Throughout the year Art Centre Caravel presents a series of curated exhibitions, both solo and collectives, of contemporary and modern art, sales from which have been dispatched to clients around the world. The Center currently represents over 20 local and international artists of repute, and 2019 sees its emerging online retail presence.
Alongside this, the Art Center team is engaged with consultation for private and commercial space interior design and decoration, supplying original and reproduction art works that inspire and complement modern and historic environments.
Central to its events programme is its annual Islands exhibition, details of which are available on its separate link (see above).
Alongside its annual program the Art Center activities include:
Examination and evaluation of art works and collections (including probate)
Sale of art works (especially paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography )
Professional art advisory services
Lectures, seminars, workshops, conference programming
Gallery and art works rentals
Participation in auctions and festivals
Publication of art catalogues and artists´ biographies
Art residency program
Photography and design services
Framing and curatorial advice and services
Storage and inventory of art works
Certification of art works
Art Center Caravel is centrally located in the historic city of Funchal, and is set amidst the artistic neighbourhood of Zona Velha, with entrances in Rua Santa Maria (famous for its artist-painted entrance doors) and adjacent to the seafront, facing the cable car station to Monte (Rua D.Carlos I). Multi-storey car parking, taxi rank, urban and inter-island buses are all available within 100 metres.
We believe that art has the intrinsic ability to change individual´s lives and society as a whole. Therefore Art Center Caravel invites children and adults, professional and amateur, to help change the world for the better!
Before the child is taught language he sings, before he is taught to write he draws, before he walks he dances. Art is fundamental to human experience from the earliest of ages. There is an artist hidden in each of us. We encourage everyone to come forward and explore their inner creativity… even you!
Madeira has often surprised the world – wines, climate, flora and fauna, football! – and gained its attention, deservedly so. This tradition is continuous, and has not ended with the ubiquity of its cultural inheritance. Now is the time for Madeira to be seen to develop as an artistic venue and allow its magic to work on a new generation of visiting artists already dulled by the globalization and homogeny of the world at large.
Join us… help make this happen… let us know how we can help you to participate in our wondrous adventure