MAAT - Museu de Arte, Tecnologia e Tecnologia

Our work in Architecture, Design, and in Fashion includes exhibitions, seminars, workshops, collaborative projects, educational initiatives and specialists’ visits to the UK in conjunction with our colleagues and partners in Portugal. Our specialist team based in London also offer advice and information about the very latest trends in contemporary practice from the UK. 

Our work encompasses major partnerships with internationally renowned organisations such as:

However, we also work with small organisations and individual designers and architects: supporting professional development and developing entrepreneurship. 

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MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Semiconductor Installation – British artists

The Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) is a new cultural proposal for the city of Lisbon. A museum that combines three fields in a space for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. An innovative project that brings together a new building, designed by the architect Amanda Levete, and the Tejo Power Station, an example of Portuguese industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country.

MAAT reflects the desire to present national and international exhibitions with contributions from contemporary artists, architects and thinkers. Contemplating great themes and current trends, the programming will also present diverse curatorial views on the EDP Foundation’s Art Collection.

On 05 October 2016 the new building was open to the public with the first part of the Utopia/Distopia project, a new work by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, conceived especially for the space. On this occasion, visitors were able to see the exhibition The World of Charles and Ray Eames, organised by the Barbican in London, as well as one of the exhibitions from the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The British Council worked in collaboration with MAAT to bring Semiconductor's installation. The artists delivered a Masterclass on 05 October at 15.00 in the Video Room at MAAT free to the public. For more information on the work of the artists see

More information on the MAAT Museum programme:

2016: Competition: Imagine fashion of the future!

Participants had to think of a fashion object (clothes, jewellery, or accessory) that could be improved or amped up with some technology. Contestants originally sent in a short text, illustration or video. Those selected went on to attend Masterclasses, and the winners went to London to visit various ateliers and studios.

Britain at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Since 1991 the British Council has commissioned the British entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale. Since its inception, the Biennale has given a vital international platform to architectural practice and the key issues of society and space that are implicit. In 2012, the British Pavilion hosted Venice Takeaway, which presented the work of 10 architectural teams examining work from around the world, while in 2010 under the direction of MUF, the Pavilion presented an exhibition Villa Frankenstein.

Credits: photography

©Lara Torres 2011

video still from fashion film 'An impossible wardrobe for the invisible' 

Concept and art-direction: Lara Torres | Co-direction: Pedro Fortes
Camera: Pedro fortes | Performer: Joana Areal 

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