Following the guidelines of the Portuguese Government to reduce the evolution and epidemiological spread of the new COVID-19, the direction of OSSO Associação Cultural, decided to suspend all public activities until April 30th, in order to reduce the risks of exposure and contagion.
To this extent, OSSO´s artistic residencies space in São Gregório, Caldas da Rainha, will not receive for now, and until new information, artists external to the collective in order to meet the preventive measures necessary to contain the virus. The OSSO team will remain active in the development of its creation and research projects internally, and is currently rethinking the models of public action with the community that welcomes and surrounds us.
This is undoubtedly a moment of great fragility and uncertainty for many artists and cultural agents, due to the impact that the cancellation of shows, exhibitions, conferences and residences, have on their lives. In this context, we alert the general public to the fact that most of these artists and technicians are self-employed and in this situation are directly affected by the cancellations of their shows and other presentations or work commitments. The statement of the Portuguese Government of March 12th, and the following approval of a new Decree-Law with exceptional measures for Independent Workers, leaves for now an important note in the fight against precariousness that lies ahead.
Here is the link to Decreto-Lei no. 10-A / 2020 that “Establishes exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus – COVID 19”
Regarding information on the outbreak of COVID-19 and the preventive and hygiene measures to follow, we advise you to consult the website of the Direção Geral de Saúde.
This period will surely be overcome, we hope that this moment will be lived with calm and serenity. We hope to be able to return to our regular artistic activity and share our programming as soon as possible.
OSSO Direction | March 16th 2020
Due to the current pandemic situation both OPEN CALL residencies (Creation and Research) will see their implementation periods postponed on a date to be agreed from the second half of 2020 and depending on the epidemiological development.
Also due to the current situation, we decided to extend the OPEN CALL opening period for Creative Artistic Residencies, remaining open until March 31. The results will be communicated on April 15th and candidates will be contacted at that time.
The result of the OPEN CALL for Research Artistic Residencies, will come out on the agreed date, and the pre-selected candidates will be contacted by email in order to exchange relevant information on this matter.
OSSO’S PUBLIC ACTIVITIES
All of our circulation activities scheduled for the next two months have been canceled, and their rescheduling with the host structures is yet to be defined.
IN RESIDENCE and PROGRAMMING
All activities that take place in OSSO, projects in residence and programming are canceled until April 30th and will be scheduled on a date to be defined.