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 program of curated exhibitions, Art Center 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.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 

Pablo Picasso 
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ARTE.M is our non-profit cultural and artistic association located in Funchal on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira.

It is dedicated to the promotion of culture & cultural education, artistic expression and raising awareness of the richness of Madeira history and undiscovered arts. The mission is creating the conditions for the harmonious development of personality, well-being, self-expression, lifelong learning, and continuous improvement.



The exhibition space within Art Center Caravel is primarily a commercial gallery space used for its own program of curated and non-curated art exhibitions. The space is also available to hire outside agencies and for similar activities.

The free-flowing area is spread over two floors consisting of up to five separate gallery spaces, supplied on each floor with toilet facilities. Access is by staircase only.

The 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. Comprehensive hanging/suspension and track lighting systems are installed, with complimentary in-house secure WiFi throughout.

We invite you to contact us for more information for organizing any cultural events in our creative space.

Meet The Team



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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. ♥



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Cefyn Embling-Evans (b.1954), currently the archivist and historian for the Anglican church and British Cemetery in Madeira, as well as the consultant art curator for Art Center Caravel, retired to Madeira from the UK in 2009 after successful careers in education and Fine Art Evaluation, making several appearances on British television as an antiquarian expert. A collector from an early age, in 1996 he opened his first art gallery in Petworth, West Sussex before enjoying the role of commercial manager of Pallant House Museum and Gallery in Chichester. He graduated from Southampton (Solent) University with a 1st class honors degree in Fine and Decorative Art Valuation in 2004 before managing provincial Hampshire auction rooms and relocating his 20th-century art & design dealership to Columbia Road, London.

He is passionate about the central importance of history and cultural patrimony and extols the virtues of giving as much emphasis to the breadth of learning as to the depth of understanding.