Galeria Presença was established in Oporto, in 1995 under the direction of Maria de Belém Sampaio. In 1998, the gallery moved from its original venue to Rua Miguel Bombarda, being one of the first galleries making part of what it was to be the art block of Miguel Bombarda, where most galleries of contemporary art are still concentrated. Galeria Presença is devoted to the representation of its artists within the national and international scope. The gallery – with over 20 years of continued practice – has endeavoured to introduce the work of Portuguese and foreign artists in different stages of their artistic career, from emerging artists to well-established ones, through its dynamic exhibition programming at its Oporto’s premises. Amongst the long list of artists that have exhibited at Presença, we may mention a few such as: Helena Almeida, Ana Hatherly, Joana Vasconcelos, António Palolo, Zhang Huan, Catherine Opie, John Baldessari, Richard Prince, Jorge Queiróz, Cristina Iglesias, Miroslaw Balka, Jack Pierson, Sean Landers, etc.