Lisbon Studio/London Studio
Backed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Ar.Co establishes in 1989 an agreement with the Royal College of Art, London, with a view to creating at the Quinta de S. Miguel in Almada a short term internship/residence program. The initiative, called Lisbon Studio, brings to Ar.Co 21 students of several departments of RCA in 1990/91 (and ends up bringing another 200 until 1999). After Manuel Costa Cabral’s visit of RCA in 1991, the program is redimensioned in 1991/92 (with support from the Gulbenkian Foundation) to fit an actual exchange situation and 6 Ar.Co students go to RCA’s Photography, Sculpture, Jewellery and Painting departments. A selection of works by this first group is shown in 1992 at the Foundation’s Center for Modern Art. In 1993, Manuel Costa Cabral becomes “Honorary Fellow” at the Royal College.