“Sardine” exhibition enters final stretch at Portimão museum

Portimão’s popular sardine painting exhibition ‘O Cardume’ (The Shoal) is entering its final stretch at the local museum, where it will remain on display until September 28.

Brought to life by artists, public figures and local residents, the exhibition features over 70 paintings of the “humble sardine”, the fish which is so deeply rooted in the town’s history.

Among the contributors are political TV commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and PS leader António Costa, as well as local mayoress Isilda Gomes.

The exhibition had already been on display at numerous venues, including Portimão’s municipal market and the Riverside and Jupiter hotels.

Entrance at the museum is free. The exhibition can be visited on Tuesday between 2.30pm and 6pm, and Wednesday to Sunday between 10am to 6pm.

Part of the proceeds of the sold paintings will go towards local associations such as Portimão’s volunteer firefighters, the Barlavento blood donors association, Portinado and Grato.

The project is organised by art gallery Galeria XXI, which is also turning the walls of an old fish cannery in front of its gallery into an impressive sardine mural.

While it is not yet completed, it can already be seen on Rua Dom Carlos 1, not far from Portimão’s court building.