Casa da Imagem (House of Image) (CI-FML) is an artistic and educational centre, where media and visual literacy can be learned and explored by the community. CI-FML is part of a Foundation, Fundação Manuel Leão, a private, non-profit entity with public interest status, and is, therefore, committed in pursuing its goals and mandate. The Foundation organises its activities and initiatives in Vila Nova de Gaia since 1996 and its main purpose is the promotion of public good through the educational, cultural, artistic and socio-charitable domains. It was from the intersection of the two central pillars of the Fundação Manuel Leão, education and art, that Casa da Imagem emerged in 2011, offering a space of education and artistic activities, initiatives and endeavours.
The main goal of CI-FML is to build a space for learning and sharing experiences through images. The concept of image presents itself as the ground in which our way of doing things can meet our need to affirm ourselves as persons, our relationship with others and with the world around us. CI-FML aims to create access to art and culture for the population that lives apart from the main city centres and has the goal to develop projects that address social matters that are and can be manifested through images (media and visual literacy).
CI-FML promotes activities based on sharing and practices that favour constant experimentation and the discovery of means, technologies and reflections that come to life through objects/actions. Learning takes place when we adopt an attitude of discovery, of exploration and deconstruction, of cooperation, of creating and sharing individual perceptions.
LATIS – ARTS, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL INNOVATION LABORATORY focuses on research, development and application of artistic practices and cultural experiences that respond to multiple community demands (economic, social and environmental), in order to foster the construction of more inclusive, participatory and sustainable communities, always engaging multiple local agents. For the last few years has developed impact evaluation tools in order to analyse the social impact that cultural and artistic projects have within communities.
Fundamental Rights and Citizenship – legal literacy through image and arts researches and develops tools to foment legal literacy on human rights through a multidisciplinary approach. The main aim of this permanent residency is to foster a culture of rights and citizenship for youth, starting from pre-school children, crossing art and image as vehicles to promote and achieve legal literacy in the aforementioned domains. This is an ongoing collaboration.
Artist Educator. Educational background in Arts (Fine Arts graduation– Sculpture & Master in Contemporary Artistic Practices) and Education (Master in Teaching of Visual Arts).
Has been working and researching as an art educator since the year 2000, both in non-formal contexts, with local communities or museums, and in formal contexts, in close relation with schools, their teachers, students, staff and families, through arts based projects. Since 2011, started to develop the Casa da Imagem [House of Image] project, and more recently, its Museum. Researcher at CEAA-ESAP. Her main field of research is focused on the mediation process of people/communities relating to arts, education and museology.
Artist Educator. Educational background in Arts (Fine Arts graduation– Painting & Master in Art Multimedia) and Education (Master in Teaching of Visual Arts). Teacher of Visual Arts and of Photography (2003-2010) in several schools and in all years of the pre-university education, from the First Elementary School to the Secondary and Professional Education. Worked as assistant with several Portuguese artists in Portugal. Researcher at CEAA-ESAP. Individual and collaborative work in the art field of video and performance. Since 2011, started to develop the Casa da Imagem [House of Image] project, and more recently, its Museum.
Educational background in Economics, a PhD in Economic Sciences (Université Paris1-Panthéon Sorbonne), with the title ‘The evaluation of the social impacts of culture: Culture, Arts and Development’, a Master’s in Arts Management (City University London), and a specialisation in Creativity and Urban Political Strategies (Barcelona University). She has been working as a cultural manager consultant, consultant on the third sector, an urban regeneration developer (culture led regeneration) and guest lecturer. Her main field of research is focused on exploring and measuring the social outcomes produced by cultural experiences.
Is a legal researcher and consultant in the fields of Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, and EU law. She holds a master’s degree in international Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a specialisation degree in European Union Law. Alexandra is part of the European Platform of Learning Mobility (EPLM) and is a member of their Steering Group. With the EPLM, Alexandra has coordinated different researches mostly focusing on the social impact of learning mobility. Additionally, Alexandra collaborates as researcher in different projects with the Portuguese Youth Council (‘CNJ’) related to the youth field and with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as coordinator in the Online Learning and Education pillar, where she coordinates the academic partnership on Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding (MA), teaches and develops research.