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Antonio Contador and Carla Cruz, Finding Money, 2011-12. Carla Cruz, 105 GPB in scratch cards. Courtesy of the artist.

Antonio Contador and Carla Cruz, Finding Money, 2012-13. Carla Cruz and Antonio Contador, London Front. Courtesy of the artists.

Antonio Contador and Carla Cruz, Finding Money, 2010-11. Carla Cruz, Afternoon Tea for Two at Milestone Hotel, Kensington, London. Courtesy of the artist.

Gasworks and Open School East are co-hosting a residency by Portuguese artists Antonio Contador and Carla Cruz, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. This partnership enables the artists to spend 6 months working in a shared studio at Open School East, an experimental and self-directed artists’ space that focuses on professional development and the exchange of ideas.

During their residency, Antonio and Carla will explore the questions and problems that arise when money is found on the street. Continuing a project they started in 2012, they will unpack the social and political repercussions of this everyday occurrence in collaboration with experts from various fields, such as numismatics, economy, geography and osteopathy. Their research will result in a series of public events at Open School East focusing on how these specialists and others interpret the issues of value, honesty and privatisation at stake in finding or misplacing money.

Located in a former library and community centre in De Beauvoir Town, East London, Open School East brings together a free study programme for emerging artists with public projects and events that facilitate interactions between artists, local residents and audiences from further afield. Open School East was founded in 2013 in response to spiralling tuition fees and student debt, and a climate of increasing bureaucracy in arts education. It was instituted as a space for artistic learning that is experimental, versatile and highly collaborative.


Antonio Contador was born in Vitry-sur-Seine (France). He graduated in 1997 (ISCTE/Lisbon), then became a sociologist and a lecturer before resigning a few years later to start an artistic career and undertake a PhD in Aesthetics (Sorbonne/Paris I). His recent exhibitions include Matérias Baixás/Baixás Matter, (performance in three parts and an epilogue/installation), Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, cur.: Estelle Nabeyrat, 2014; Sam (play in IV movements, w/ Julie Béna), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, cur.: Agnès Violeau/Sébastien Faucon, 2014; Finding Money (installation, w/Carla Cruz), Galerie Karima Célestin, Marseille, cur.: Caroline Hancock, 2013; S, (performance w/Julie Béna), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, 2013. Rien de ce qu’on a pu te dire - Taxonomy of love letters, (performance), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, cur.: Agnès Violeau, 2013.


Carla Cruz grew up in Portugal and now lives in between London and Porto. She has a PhD in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent projects include initiating the Walthamstow Performing Arts Collective in London 2014; Finding Money (installation w/ Antonio Contador), Galerie Karima Célestin, Marseille, France. (cur.: Caroline Hancock), 2013; Rastilho, a project for ReaKt Views and Processes, Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture, Portugal (cur.: Gabriela Vaz Pinheiro), 2012, which culminated in the genesis of a community cultural centre: RASTILHO; All My Independent Women, a feminist exhibition project initiated in 2005, instantiated last at the Women’s Art Library/Make, London.