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Rua do Loureiro, next to São Bento station is being the stage of inspiration for the Art for Art movement, a transformation that has inspired residents, tourists, and especially young artists who have brought very original interventions, contributing to the "un-bricking" of the buildings.


New intervention opens on June 1st.


There are five interventions of this initiative promoted by Lionesa Group in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto in order to stop the oblivion of Rua do Loureiro. "While we consolidate and build the requalification project, we open and transform the walled and the street into a place for the exchange of ideas, cultures and memories," says Francisca Pedro Pinto, Director of Brand and Business Development at Lionesa Group.


The "Art for Art" project follows the Group's purchase of more than 10 buildings in this city artery, even before the start of the buildings' requalification works. 

Once crucial in the development of Porto's commerce, Rua do Loureiro now opens space for FBAUP students, giving them the opportunity to think about their active role, while facing the direct impact of this initiative on the physical and immaterial site, its relationship with the community and its visibility.


The movement's 3rd intervention will be presented on June 1st. Authored by Inês Amorim, art student, "Significant Form" represents the idea of a possible echo of the world, formalizing in the street a privileged place of observation and listening. Acting as a mirror, the "echo" of Rua do Loureiro is a metaphor of knowledge circulation, questioning and restlessness where the symbiosis of industrial and materiality becomes the basis of a dialogue that intends to exist with the surrounding space.


The #artepelaarte movement aims to encourage the use of art as an engine of regeneration. For this, a filter was created on Instagram, with the purpose of being used to photograph degraded and forgotten spaces or arteries of the cities with the aim of awakening the community to these problems. An invitation to stop the forgetfulness of the historic spaces and streets of cities often left to abandonment and degradation by giving them a new life, intervening with art. Through the filter created for this purpose and the hashtag #artepelaarte anyone can join the movement.


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The first artistic intervention, "Transformation", by Rafael Alves, reflects on the way spaces are changing, in a dialogue with materials and their temporality, where objects previously forgotten are recovered and given back to the community through art, as is intended with Rua do Loureiro itself.

"He who tells a Point, adds a Tale", 2nd intervention, is centered on the hypothetical formulation of a local myth, related to the area of Rua do Loureiro and the former Monastery, now São Bento Station.

Conceived by the students Ana Cardoso, Ana Leça, Ana Margarida Silva, Antónia Spengler, Clara Ginoulhac, Filipa Moreno and Mariana Maia Rocha, the intervention intends to highlight the condition of fact and myth, where both collaborate in the definition of attention and mediatism. The legend of the effigy of São Bento, interpreted in this intervention, is based on facts that may or may not have occurred in such a famous and secretive street as Rua do Loureiro. But what is the truth? Does an effigy really exist? Where has it been kept all this time? Can the people of Porto get to know it in the city's new cultural district?


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1st of June 

11:30 am - Beginning of the work “Significant Form” 

5:30 pm - Inauguration

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