Underdogs is a cultural platform based in Lisbon, Portugal, that works with artists connected with the new languages of urban-inspired graphic and visual culture, helping establish a close relationship between creators and the city for the enjoyment of all. Established in 2010 and consolidated in its present form in 2013, the Underdogs project rests on three complementary areas: a Gallery with an innovative exhibitions programme; the production of original and affordable artist Editions; and a Public Art programme that aims at promoting art as an everyday experience, complemented with a scheme of guided tours and an educational service.
Opened in 2013, Underdogs Gallery is an innovative exhibition that works with some of the most renowned urban-inspired contemporary artists from around the world. Hosting several solo and group shows throughout the year, its programme is guided by the mission of creating opportunities for Portuguese and international artists, both established and upcoming talents, to develop work in Lisbon – in the city, with the city and for the city –, as well as promoting their work to the public, critics, and collectors. Its curatorial process is based on supporting research, experimentation and the production of innovative contemporary art. With an area of 388 sq. metres, the gallery's unique space is also a meeting point, where artists and the public can interact and learn together.
What has become commonly known as urban art we prefer to designate as new public art, because by promoting the development of art interventions in the urban context we believe to be essentially providing a public service. With the objective of establishing a privileged relationship between the artists we work with – many of whom started out in the very urban space –, the city of Lisbon and its inhabitants, the Underdogs Public Art Programme has been able, since 2013, to transform decisively the landscape of this city we live in and love so much for the benefit of all, helping to turn art into an everyday experience.
PUBLIC ART TOURS
A service of guided tours by minibus taking in the various art interventions created in Lisbon within the scope of the Underdogs' Public Art Programme by those who are in the know regarding the urban art scene. An intimate tour around the city presenting the mural interventions, techniques and the stories behind them.
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