The Minister of Culture, Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, congratulated last Friday (July 20) the Cultural Association O Espaço do Tempo, and its founder, Rui Horta, for the 2016 Gulbenkian Prize in the area of Knowledge.
The 18-year-old entity, based in Montemor-o-Novo, Convent of the Greeting, “has developed a work of local impact and a strong connection to the community.”
A work that “has been using culture as a fundamental tool for the development and growth of the values of the territory and its communities,” he adds, about the entity that received the award.
At the national level, with monetary prizes of 50 thousand euros each, the project “Is One Home, Lisbon Housing First” by the association Crescer Na Maior (Cohesion category) and the Coopérnico cooperative (Sustainability category) were also honored.
The british non-governmental organization Article 19, in defense of freedom of expression, has won the international prize, which is subject to human rights issues (€ 100,000).
“Over the years, it has also been affirmed as an important center of residence and international experimentation, hosting hundreds of artists every year and contributing to the dynamism of the cultural sector and its audiences, through a cross-fertilization between culture, research and education”. the responsible for the tutelage of the culture on the O Espaço do Tempo.
The distinction now attributed “recognizes the work of the structure in the area of Culture and, more broadly, in the area of Knowledge,” the minister said in the statement.
In turn, on Thursday, choreographer Rui Horta, artistic director of the cultural association, considered the “incredible” choice, and attributed “a great significance” to the Gulbenkian Knowledge Prize with which the structure was distinguished.
“We are happy because, every now and then, we always try to make innovative projects and move forward a little more, because we believe in this. So when you suddenly wake up and have a prize of these, it’s incredible. And coming from the Gulbenkian Foundation, even better, “said Rui Horta.
The association, currently with a permanent structure of nine people, is always “enthusiastic” with the collaborations with the community, whether “a show from the University of Montemor, which has given great joy to do”, or “work in school for of reading “or a project in a Lisbon school for the” learning of dance by kids from difficult neighborhoods “.
Created in 2000, Espaço do Tempo is a multidisciplinary center of residence and artistic experimentation, which has six equipped studios, as well as an auditorium, and annually hosts around 400 artists.