Árvore – Cooperativa de Atividades Artísticas CRL, is a cultural cooperative recognized by the Portuguese State as a private organization of public utility. It was founded in 1963 by artists, writers, architects and intellectuals interested in creating new conditions for cultural production and dissemination, in a free and independent manner.
Árvore’s purpose is the production, dissemination and commercialization of artistic and editorial works and the training and information of members and the general public in the area of visual arts, art studies and other areas of creation and knowledge. In addition, Árvore also aims to enter into contact with other, national or foreign, organizations, with a view to artistic and cultural exchange; to create, organize and direct ateliers, classes, exhibitions or work teams within the artistic activity. In this sense, Árvore has grown with a plural and diverse cultural activity: conferences, lectures and conversations, exhibitions in Portugal and abroad, symposiums, workshops and free courses, competitions, awards, books, graphic work and multiple editions.
Headquartered since its creation in the historic area of Porto, the Passeio das Virtudes, in a building built by José Pinto de Meireles in 1763, enjoying a privileged view over the Douro river, the building was acquired by the Cooperative in 1989.