COMA projects

COMA represents a new artistic collective with its operation base in Portugal, having Mail Art as “background”.

  One of the reasons for its creation, due to the fact that the Mail Art movement is still very murky in portuguese territory, its participants and assets represent a very small niche of players.
  COMA aims to be a cultural emancipatory diffuser on the portuguese Mail Art scene, clarifying and approaching artists, curious and laymen to this art that has its origins in the 60s.
  As a collective, COMA's main functions, in addition to raising awareness of this artistic expression, are:

1 - Promote the artistic practice regardless of age, education, area, philosophical, religious and ethnicity of each individual.

2 - Organizing cultural events and exhibitions, thus underpinning national and international projects.

3 - Maintain an Universal network of contacts  between Mail Artists,providing their postal addresses and artistic virtual spaces, if authorized by them.

4 - Decoding the historical background and chronology of Mail Art in Portugal, establishing a database for future members reference and general public.

5 - Connect with different International Mail Art platforms, and creating cultural partnerships with the same.
 Briefly, COMA will be the place of present and future portuguese Mail Artists, that will establish a cordial, friendly and uninhibited dialogue among all mail art "lovers".

Helder Coelho Dias ( COMA president )

Location: PORTUGAL
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2017

Take1 - Film and Mail Art? (new mail art call)

"Take1 - Film and Mail Art?" is the 1st Mail Art project proposed and published by the portuguese COMA collective and corresponds to a New Mail Art Call, for more informations please go here:

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Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on June 10, 2013 at 12:12pm

THE BULL, MAN AND THE MYTH " exhibition and having a small particularity, a playful space was designed for little ones, where they can draw their post cards and place them on the small Mail Box.

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on June 8, 2013 at 11:34pm

It's with great pleasure that i would like to show you the first picture of the internationl MAIL ART exhibition " THE BULL, MAN AND THE MYTH " , before the official opening, that i'm curating here in Portugal at the Village of Salvaterra de Magos during the 2013 Festivities, that START today, they are related with the Charter (Foral) celebrations that D. Manuel granted on 1507, to D. Nuno (grandson of king D. Duarte). This festivities attract thousand of people to this region of Portugal, and are well known by:

- Running of the bulls in the main avenue

- International folk festival

- Traditional gastronomy

- Other cultural events and music

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on March 12, 2013 at 5:04pm

The bull in A GRELHA, Portuguese restaurant in Brussels

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on February 19, 2013 at 9:15pm

Delirios de grandeza: Gato preto que sao imaginados para ser touro!

Pastel on envelope

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on February 17, 2013 at 11:48pm
Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on February 16, 2013 at 8:32pm

Greetings from Portugal,

COMA mail art collective, would like to invite you to be part of the second Mail Art Call
organize by us, here is the information for this new event:


" From pre historic age, man has demonstrated profound admiration for the animal kingdom,
and It has been represented in Rock Art. This interest is directly in relation to hunting,
an activity from which man obtained part of its sustenance.
The bull being an animal of great being and bravery, belonging to the astrological wheel of
the zodiac, is a good example of this veneration and respect, being rooted in the Lusitania
culture( Portugal and Spain) through the “Festa Brava”, with many admirers and opposes.
Independently of the role that the animal may have in man’s life, in many archaic and
present civilizations, it is considered to be a divine manifestation, also associated with
the mythological concepts.
The myth of the Minotaur is maybe the most well-known which represents a man consumed by
his own desires. In essence this corresponds to our interior conflict between our human
and animal instincts.
This Mail art Call has as its main objective to explore the triplicate between the bull,
man and the myth."

DEADLINE: June 4, 2013

All works must be sent by normal post (snail mail) with postage STAMPS to:

"COMA- The Bull, Man and the Myth"
Helder Coelho Dias
Rua Felicidade Páscoa, nº 48
2100-519 Fajarda (Coruche)


p.s. I wish that the event becomes a big sucess, then I am counting
with your participation..., thanks.

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on January 18, 2013 at 10:51pm
This are some pictures from the opening of the FIRST Mail Art Exibithion organized by the portuguese COMA collective, with the theme "TAKE1-Cinema e Mail Art?", on the great space that is "CABANA DOS PARODIANTES", located in Salvaterra de Magos, PORTUGAL, and had a special presence of the Portuguese filmmaker Lauro António. The same will be open to the public during the month of January and February 2013, and had the participation of 80 mail artists from 26 countrys, thanks to all :)

Helder Coelho Dias (COMA president)
Fernando Andrade

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on January 15, 2013 at 8:41pm



-January and February 2013

-Cabana dos Parodiantes (Salvaterra de Magos) PORTUGAL

Thanks for your participation !

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on December 31, 2012 at 5:55pm

The exhibition to the Mail Art Call - Take 1-Cinema e Mail Art?! will be realized very soon, the exhibition place was change from Lisbon to CABANA DOS PARODIANTES (coffee-gallery) in Salvaterra de Magos, PORTUGAL

Comment by Helder Coelho Dias on November 7, 2012 at 11:08pm
We would like to thanks to all participants on the first COMA Mail Art Project "TAKE1-CINEMA E MAIL ART?, we are looking now for a place to set up the exhibition in Lisbon..., soon will be given news from the same.
p.s. The site/blog of this project is now update, you can see there the last works we received.

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