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 purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
The exhibition space within Art Center Caravel is primarily a commercial gallery space used for its own annual program 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 meters available as a whole or in individual units, the largest hall of which is 62 square meters, (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.
Meet The Team
SVETA AZERNIKOVA /
EXECUTIVE ART DIRECTOR
Spending more than 30 years in a fast-paced megapolis city environment and working in fashion, PR and journalistic industries Sveta has been finding her heart on the beautiful Madeira island for the past 10 years now. Working at the gallery is a unique chance for her personally and for the art life on the island in general. Her experience helps her to combine the best of the city living on a small island. It helps to enrich her island life and share her insights with the local culture and art development. ♥
CEFYN EMBLING-EVANS /
CONSULTANT ART CURATOR
Cefyn is responsible for organizing and designing all the art exhibitions, writing curatorial and critical essays, overseeing stock catalog, and Fine and Decorative art evaluation.
In the beginning a collector for some years, he turned gallerist and art dealer initially as a method of upgrading his private collection. It is the discovery of artworks that have been overlooked and finding artists whose careers (new or mature) need a break of sunshine which drives him every day. "Ownership of art allows you to become part of its history".