The Centro de Arte Oliva is a place for contact, knowledge and interpretation of the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is the only institution in the country working regularly with contemporary art and raw/outsider art. In developing its mission it starts from the understanding that art is a complex and challenging field, in permanent revision and expansion and, as such, the programming is based on exhibitions and projects that can generate new interpretations to the art stories under construction. Through its structured activity in exhibition projects, educational program and collaborative initiatives, it seeks to make everyone’s relationship with the arts vital, accessible and participatory.

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Featured Exhibitions

The program of Centro de Arte Oliva is based on temporary exhibitions of the two collections on deposit.

© Paulo Cunha Martins

Collection Arte Moderna e Contemporânea Norlinda e José Lima

© Paulo Cunha Martins

Collection Arte Bruta/Outsider Treger Saint Silvestre

© Dinis Santos

Temporary Exhibition «Jaime: “vi uma cadela minha com lobos” », 2022

© Dinis Santos

Temporary Exhibition “O Efeito do Observador”, 2022

© Dinis Santos

Temporary Exhibition “EUREKA!”, 2022

© Dinis Santos

Temporary Exhibition “Trabalho Capital”, 2020

© Dinis Santos

Temporary Exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: A Serenidade da Loucura”, 2018

© Dinis Santos

R2/ Fabrico Suspenso: Itinerários de trabalho (2020)


Centro de Arte Oliva [Art Center of Oliva] is located in the former premises of the extinct metallurgical factory Oliva, in a building that housed the foundry warehouses and general services. The architectural project was made in 1960 by the studio ARS Arquitectos from Porto. Part of these buildings was subject to an extensive plan of rehabilitation and conversion into a cultural project, which opened in 2013. The rehabilitation project was signed by architects Maria João Leite and Joaquim Milheiro, at the time technicians of the Planning Division of the Municipality of São João da Madeira.

© Dinis Santos


A.R.S. Arquitectos (AAVV)
A.R.S. Arquitectos (AAVV)
Fernando da Cunha Leão
Fernando da Cunha Leão
Fernando Campos
Fernando Campos

Architect member of the group ODAM [Organization of Modern Architects].

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  • Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am to 12h30pm
  • Tuesdays to Sundays: 2pm to 5h30pm

Closed on Mondays
Closed on January 1, Easter Sunday and December 25

Ticket Tariff


  • General 2€


How to Arrive

  • point

    Rua da Fundição, 240
    3700-119 S. João da Madeira
    GPS: Latitude: 40° 54′ 20.048″ N Longitude: 8° 29′ 48.271″ W

  • bus

    From Porto, bus station at Campo 24 de Agosto