“2020 ARTFEM Women Artists International Biennial of Macau”

will kick off on September 30th

at Albergue SCM

Press Release

2020 ARTFEM Women Artists International Biennial of Macau will kick off with an Opening Ceremony on September 30th, 2020 (Wednesday) at 6:30 pm at Albergue SCM and this year’s edition covers the theme of Natura, the Latin word for nature. ARTFEM 2020 is organized by Albergue SCM and sponsored by Macau Foundation and varies parties.  


As the only women artist international biennial, ARTFEM targets to contribute to a greater visibility of women artists in the contemporary world and to a (re)discovery of the art of women who have played a socially and culturally significant role, gearing local arts towards international standards and bringing more dynamic and plentiful artistic experiences to the public and tourists. The work by women artists is increasingly showcased internationally; other Biennales of the past also had the merit to expose the need for female institutional representation, even if these outstanding projects did not survive the test of time. ARTFEM is devoted to be an exception, by maintaining the project in a city renowned as the location of important international events.

Following the success of ARTFEM 2018, inaugurated on March 8th, 2018, International Women's Day at the Macau Museum of Art with over 100 works from established and emerging artists from the five Continents, ARTFEM 2020 features 142 works created between 2018 and 2020 by 98 women from 22 countries who are working actively as artists. Participating artists are from the People’s Republic of China (13), Portugal (16), Macau (31), Hong Kong (7), South Korea (2), Japan (1), Indonesia (3), France (3), Spain (1), Italy (3), Netherlands (1), United Kingdom (1), Germany (3), Sweden (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (3), United States (2), Canada (1), India (2), East Timor (1), Iran (1) and Australia (1). 

This multimedia show displays painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, drawings, silkscreen on diverse media, video and photography. The exhibition aims to bring to the fore urgent discourses on environment, including its protection or devastation, the relationship of humanity with nature, while containing a localizing “gaze” onto social aspects that result from its location in Macau SAR, the Pearl River Delta Region and the COVID-19 pandemic crisis that affected the world since December 2019. 


The curatorial team dispersed the show in the Macau Peninsula to allow a “biennale feeling” to its viewers, who wander around town while searching for artworks. While the curatorial intention considered occupying and intervening in the public space, the COVID-19 crisis has provoked that the exhibitions happens solely indoors.


ARTFEM’s curatorial team is comprised of Arch. Carlos Marreiros, President of ARTFEM Organizing Committee and Head Curator for this edition, and co-curated by China-based Angela Li, who brings a Chinese-focus; the Macau-based duo Alice Kok and James Chu, who selected local Macau artists as well as Hong Kong ones and Leonor Veiga, a Macau SAR Permanent Resident who curated, along with Carlos Marreiros the international selection of artists. In the meantime, renowned Chinese artist Xiang Jing and Macau artist Un Chi Iam are the Godmothers of 2020 ARTFEM.


 “2020 ARTFEM Women Artists International Biennial of Macau will open on September 30th until December 13th, 2020 and will be held in four separate art spaces in Macau, including Albergue SCM, Former Municipal Cattle Stable, Galeria Lisboa and Orient Foundation with a mix of seminars, workshops and tours, so to encourage participation of artists, public and tourists. The admission is free. 


For further information regarding the Biennale openings and related events, please refer

to the Biennale’s website, https://artfem.org or contact: 2852 2550 | 2852 3205,

e-mail: creativealbergue@gmail.com.


 “2020 ARTFEM Women Artists International Biennial of Macau”


Albergue SCM

Opening Ceremony:  

30/09/2020 (Wednesday) at 06:30pm


Duration of the Exhibition

09/30/2020 - 13/12/2020


Opening Hours

Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Exhibition Venue

Albergue SCM | A2 Gallery

Calçada da Igreja de São Lázaro 8 | Macau

Tel: (853) 2852 2550 | (853) 2852 3205 

Fax: (853) 2852 2719


Info: https://artfem.org/



Former Municipal Cattle Stable

Opening Ceremony:  

02/10/2020 (Friday) at 06:30pm


Duration of the Exhibition

02/10/2020 – 05/11/2020


Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 07:00pm

Closed on Monday


Exhibition Venue

Former Municipal Cattle Stable

87-97 Av. do Coronel Mesquita, Santo António, SAR MACAU, P.R.CHINA

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