We call our collective “IMBAS”, an ancient Irish word that means "inspiration,” because sparking creativity is at the core of our work. IMBAS is a non-profit cultural cooperative solely focused on creating a community centred around inspiring interest in the arts. IMBAS offers students of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds a place to discover life through artistic expression. Across multiple disciplines, we hold space for cultivating growth. We currently have five different creative facets: music, language, mental and physical health, art, and yoga. We are constantly striving to expand and diversify in service of creative expression. We aim to achieve multigenerational passion and fulfilment in people of all abilities, ages, and cultures. IMBAS invites the community to come together in fostering the talent of our neighbours. We welcome ideas and creators that add value and inspiration to this growing cooperative.
Founded as a non-profit in 2022 by Erica Mulcahy, in collaboration with benefactor Seyda San, who envisioned creating a space for art and culture in Portugal and saw the value to the community in Erica's potential to deliver their combined vision. Our overall mission is to create an educational environment for our students to express creativity and personal development, celebrate artistic expression and to create an inspiring community to be a part of.
Located in Cascais the space is designed to inspire. In a villa tucked away in the neighborhood of Cobre, we have designed an open and light space for our students to feel comfortable fostering their talent. The building holds space for a yoga studio, language classroom, art studio, and multiple music rooms for both private and group lessons.