Pies, ¿para qué los quiero, si tengo alas para volar? (Frida Kahlo).

The São Rafael Galleries are a company based in the European Union that shares common priorities for 2021-2024, namely with regard to the European goal of achieving a Europe prepared for the digital age, which is why we are a company with a main digital focus. We want to ensure that, regardless of any health crisis that may arise, we are active agents in culture, with the conviction of ensuring a thriving cultural and creative economy at the service of people.

We recognize the urgent need for reconstruction of the cultural sector and we constitute ourselves as agents capable of financing, through the Art Angels project, to which 10% of our profits revert, as well as enabling and leveraging this reconstruction. In this context, we have established strategic partnerships in the cultural subsectors at an international level, which not only strengthen the role of European culture in the world but also aim to promote equal rights and opportunities. These are common priorities that we will continue to work on over the next biennium.

The São Rafael Galleries also defend the growing role of the business community in supporting the strategic implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, as a company in the culture sector founded by two women entrepreneurs, we have a close relationship with the 5th SDG goal, which is to achieve equality gender and empowering women. Our position in the market allows us to enhance the visibility of female artists in the art market, offering greater representation and promoting their empowerment through base technologies, media partnerships and contributing to the percentage of artworks on exhibition by woman artists walk in an increasing direction for equality, opening a breach in the patriarchal tendency of the art market. 

The 9th SDG goal is also close to us, as it aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The São Rafael Galleries are a virtualized infrastructure, innovative in Portugal, which focuses on quality, trust, sustainability and resilience. We were born from a modernized vision of what is a contemporary cultural infrastructure with greater efficiency in the use of resources and greater adoption of technologies so that Culture and professionals in the sector find in São Rafael Galleries a vehicle for the development of cultural economies and creative domains. As a company based in a developed country, we extend our collaborations to developing countries, namely to African countries, recognizing the high creative capacity and quality of the African artists, reinforcing our active role in promoting the cultural industry in an inclusive and merit-based way.

As the creative industry is a high value-added sector, it is essential for uis to focus on the sector and ensure that artists can market their work safely and securely, as well as achieve higher levels of productivity through modernization, technology and innovation, in close relationship with the 8th SDG goal that’s based on promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Based on these ideals, we hoist the flag that Art is a human investment and we assume this commitment on a lasting basis.

In the Art Angels project we work on two levels. The first in guaranteeing access to culture, of quality and acquittal. For this reason, the Art Angels provides free access to all immersive contemporary exhibitions regularly promoted by São Rafael Galleries and also other cultural dynamism initiatives for communities such as the international performing arts fair.

Then also, at a second level, we reinforce the importance of patronage and culture for building a future, which is why we also support other non-profit projects and initiatives, such as the Afternoon Angels of the Cape Town Ikamva Labantu, a project that affirms the importance of education and art to children and young people from communities at risk, opening a space for the projection of futures. If you have a cultural or social impact project, don’t hesitate to contact us via email The future is forever and we build it together!

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