FAQ


WHAT IS LETTERHEADS?

It’s a 44-year old international gathering of sign painting and lettering artists from around the globe who meet once a year to exchange techniques and experiences. If you want to know more about the Letterheads history check this.

WHY IN PORTO THIS TIME?

To promote the signpainting community and help bring back to Portuguese streets the appeal of hand painted signs.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BECOME A LETTERHEAD?

There is no formal membership structure – anyone with an interest in lettering and signs is already a Letterhead. A meet such as this one is an opportunity to connect with other like minded individuals, learn a lot, and have plenty of fun doing it. Read more about the movement here.

HOW MUCH IS THE TICKET? WHAT IT GIVES ACCESS TO?

To be able to paint and attend workshop you need a ticket. You can get one and have more information here.

IS LETTERHEADS OPEN FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Yes. Saturday and Sunday (03/08 and 04/08), entrance to the public areas of the event will be open for the general public with guided tours. Free entrance.

WHEN IS IT?

From 1st to 4th of August 2019, with an opening gathering for ticket holders on the evening of July 31st. Details of the opening party to be disclosed closer to the event.

Schedule 

Check-in every day starts at 09:00, except Sunday (04/08) when check-in is starts at 10:00.

  • Thursday 01/08 from 09:00 - 19:00

  • Friday 02/08 from 09:00 - 19:00

  • Saturday 03/08 from 09:00 - 19:00

  • Sunday 04/08 from 10:00 - 17:00

WHERE IS IT?

ESAD - Escola Superior de Artes e Design

Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian, 4460-268, Matosinhos, Portugal.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

  • Metro: Closest station is Estádio do Mar on the A line(Senhor de Matosinhos). From there is a 1 minute walk. The metro ticket price depend on how many “zones” you cross. We advise you to buy a 3 zone ticket, which should go for around 2 euros.

  • Taxi/Uber: Taxis and Ubers are fairly cheap in Porto. Your best bet Is to use an app to order a cab or Uber for you. Prices from cabs picked off the street the will depend on the meter. From downtown Porto to the venue a cab/Uber drive should cost you between 8 to 12 euros.

  • We recommend using Google Maps for getting around Porto.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO PORTO LETTERHEADS 2019?

As Mark Oatis says, ‘Bring something to show, trade or demonstrate… or at least, bring your kit and be prepared to get your hands “dirty”’.

Do Bring

  • Your brushes and kit, as though you were going on a job.

  • Piece(s) for the auction. Can be Porto Letterheads themed, but this isn’t a requirement.

  • Any work-in-progress that you’d like to continue with at the meet (we’ll have a mixture of acrylic, wooden and paper panels in a variety of sizes for everyone).

Don’t Bring

  • Enamel, or other flammable paints (we’ll be providing these).

  • Solvents and other flammable liquids.

  • Pets.

WHAT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE NEARBY?

At the venue you can find a cafeteria and a art supply store. Located just outside the venue there is also an ATM.

5 minutes walking from the venue is a shopping mall (Norte Shopping) in which you can find anything you might need.

HOW DO I USE MY PHONE IN PORTUGAL?

Vodafone has a kiosk right in the exit of the airport they have 5gb SIM that runs for around 15 euros.

WHERE CAN I STAY?

The Letterheads event venue is located close to Estádio do Mar station. Since this region is pretty much residential, we are advising people to stay either in downtown Porto or Matosinhos.

In Porto the ideal location for you to stay would be close enough to the Metro. The best stations to be based around are Carolina Michaelis, Lapa, Trindade or Bolhão stations since you want to be close enough to where everything happens when you come back from the meet. Being the oldest part of town, there will be plenty of hills, cobblestones and since buildings might have up to 200 years many places won’t have elevators.

In Matosinhos, the closest to Matosinhos Sul station the better. You will be 5 min from the beach. What else to say? Many newer buildings here (ELEVATORS YES!), no hills and a lots of restaurants.

WHAT HASHTAG SHOULD I USE?

We encourage people to tag us in social media posts about the meet with #portoletterheads and @portoletterheads.

DOES THE EVENT HAS AN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?

Yes! You can find us here.

WOULD I BE ABLE TO PURchase SUPPLIES AT LETTERHEADS EVENT?

YES! A.S.Handover will be running a shop on site if you do forget anything, or want to add to your existing kit.

CAN I BRING MY SPOUSE/PARTNER?

Yes, ticket holders can request a guest-pass, that includes lunch for 4 days and a guest goodie-bag.

We ask of guests not to stay in the classrooms or panel jam area, as they can bump into someone or something. However they are free to roam around the rest of the venue, the outside area, cafeteria and exhibition.

You can request a guest-pass contacting us at hello@portoletterheads.com

FURTHER QUESTIONS

Please contact us via hello@portoletterheads.com