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A new look at the sea in Figueira da Foz



From the Centro Cultural de Belém to Figueira da Foz, via the Forum d’Urbanisme et d’Architecture de Nice, the multimedia exhibition “The Sea is our Land” intends to map and present “the contradictions between land and sea, from the perspective of architecture, land use planning and landscape construction, a subject so relevant to society because it is the object of attention of a group of architects who have challenged the conventional limits of the discipline”. Inaugurated tomorrow (June 14), it is the result of a protocol between the Municipality of Figueira da Foz and the Centro Cultural de Belém and is curated by the architects Miguel Figueira and André Tavares.

In Figueira da Foz, this large installation will be open until May 29, 2024 and is divided between the Meeting Point, Praceta Ledesma Criado, and the Núcleo Museológico do Mar, in Buarcos, whose 20th anniversary is celebrated this year and where the “Núcleo do Bacalhau” will be open.

According to a note from the Municipality, “Taking as a starting point the physical contradictions and popular culture of Figueira da Foz beach, the exhibition covers a set of thought experiments, design and configuration of coastlines and their relationship with the dense dimension of the ocean. The sea assumes itself as a place, so it is necessary to invert the gaze on it, thinking about the construction of the land from its dynamics. This exhibition aims to contribute to a new culture of transforming the world”.

The Sea Is Our Land is a co-production of the Belém Cultural Center (CCB) and the Laboratory of Landscapes, Heritage and Territory (Lab2PT) of the University of Minho and also resulted in a book, with text by Miguel Figueira, which should be available in the exhibition spaces.

Described as “fully accessible and inclusive”, the exhibition comprises videos with sign language subtitles, room sheets with symbol writing and braille writing, leaflets in simplified writing, sensory experiences and audio guides.

Timetable| Meeting Point:

Daylight saving time:
June 14 to September 16, 2023
Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 7pm

Winter schedule:
September 16, 2023 to May 29, 2024
Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Schedule | Sea Museum Center

Winter schedule (October 1 to June 30)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Open last Saturday of the month, 2pm-7pm, with guided tour at 3pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays

Summer time (July 1 to September 30)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Saturdays, from 2pm to 7pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Free entry
Guided tours for groups subject to prior booking:



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