WOOL | Covilhã Urban Art 2015
Being the direct result of two great passions shared between Lara Seixo Rodrigues, Pedro Seixo Rodrigues and Elisabet Carceller, one for Graffiti / Street Art and other for Covilhã and its history closely related with the textile industry, WOOL | Covilhã Urban Art (*), appeared in 2011 as the first event with these characteristics in Portugal.
Since its foundation, WOOL** set out to use several walls in the city historic center as a support for interventions of urban artists, with the aim of:
- pay tribute to the history of this city as a way of rediscovering its identity;
- awake the interest of the community for Culture and Contemporary Art;
- rehabilitate neglected urban areas through Art, making it accessible to all, in a clear act of democratization of Art and informal learning;
- involve the community in all interventions and actions, so that they take them as their own, as their heritage.
These goals promoted the design of a specific and unique format and modus operandi, that made possible (and still does) to introduce these new expressions of Contemporary Art as tools capable of great social, cultural, economic and urban transformations in a community.
After a force interlude of a year, WOOL returned in 2017 for its 4th EDITION***, with a format that presents itself as a mix between the two first editions. We brought to the city a group of 4 artists, 2 portuguese and 2 foreigners, which were invited to develop interventions in the urban space, once again inspired by the local identity.
The group of parallel activities expanded, with the conduct of LATA 65, an Urban Art workshop for seniors, a music concert by Noiserv, an Instameet and the presentation of two exhibitions. All of these referred actions and the current guided tours, movies and talks aim to promote more contact between WOOL (and other parallel projects), the artists and citizens.
* the name is a pun between the word WOOL and its near-homophone WALL.
** co-organized with Formas Efémeras
*** WOOL was distinguished with the EFFE label, promoted by EFFE Platform, initiated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level. The Label recipients represent 31 European countries and offer a wide range of genres and activities to their audiences. Through developing community and creativity within Europe, you and all your colleague festivals make Europe a better place.
Public Art Event
Covilhã (historic center), Portugal
Pantónio (Portugal) and Samina (Portugal)
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