This week we will introduce you to an ancient tradition from Portugal with influences from all over the world wrapped up into a new package!


In 2015, Joana came up with a project during her master degree of Arts & Design in Public Space. This project got the name «Preencher Vazios» (filling up the empty spaces).

It started as a project to create more awareness about those façades of houses in cities like Porto and Lisbon. Mainly the empty spaces left behind due to an increasing loss of those azulejos, the typical ceramic tiles. The preservation of those tiles, of which some are already more than a 100y old is one of the pillars that have launched this project.

But this artistic intervention also aims to draw attention to the smaller details surrounding us all in our everyday lives. And to amaze the people passing by with something new and something different from their usual routes. Not only the patterns and the colours – that resemble the existing tiles – but also the small fragments of Portuguese poetry aim to awaken our senses.


Besides the whole historical aspect as well as the dynamics that further evolve the use of materials and tradition, Preencher vazios organizes workshops to do-it-yourself and stimulate an azulejo-movement! Check out her online media to follow up on the next intervention !


Thank you Joana for your words to introduce us into your tiles-world as well as in creating possibilities to design our own tiles and support this old tradition !! For anyone interested in supporting this project as well as in creating or buying any gadget (from totebags to little booklets to personalized azulejos…) you can contact her directly:


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If you got any picture collected from her pieces, share it with us using our #lisbonstreetarttours  ; )

© pics by Joana Abreu (Preencher Vazios)


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