WOOL | Covilhã Urban Art 2019

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.

For the 6th EDITION*** of WOOL, once again we brought to Covilhã a group of 4 artists, 2 portuguese and 2 foreigners. Sebas Velasco (Spain), Douglas Pereira (Brazil), Kruella d’Enfer (Portugal) and Mário Belém (Portugal) were invited to develop interventions in the historic center, once again inspired by the local identity, which we consider to be everything that makes this place unique: traditions, songs, gastronomy, personalities, history, fauna and flora, etc.

The group of parallel activities presented: 2 sessions of an creative collage workshop conducted by Margarida Girão at the secondary school and open to the public, music concert by Tó Trips & joão Doce and the presentation of an exhibition ‘Timeless | Visions about WOOL’. All of these referred actions and the current guided tours and staged visit, 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 once again distinguished with the EFFE label: facilitated 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. "Your festival received the following feedback from the International Jury and Hub Experts: It is considered by experts a thoughtful approach to the region's industrial heritage: celebrates it on giving it a new meaning and a new value in a post-industrial context. Although still working on a small scale, this festival has already shown artistic and community-involvement potential. However, experts suggest further development for European and international engagement."

Public Art Event

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Location

Covilhã (historic center), Portugal


Artists

Sebas Velasco (Spain), Douglas Pereira (Brazil), Kruella d’Enfer (Portugal) and Mário Belém (Portugal)

Workshop

creative collage by Margarida Girão (Portugal)

Movies

session of short films under the theme: Art and Activism

Exhibition

Timeless | Visions about WOOL

Concert

Tó Trips & João Doce (Portugal)

Guided Tours

oriented by organization element

Staged Visit

oriented by actress Joana Poejo (Portugal)


Artwork created

4

Artist: Sebas Velasco (Hoy es el Futuro)

Original photos by Jose Afterol (Covilhã)

Artist: Douglas Pereira (O Observatório)

Artist: Mário Belém (Fonte das 3 bicas)

Artist: Kruella d’Enfer (Vista para a Serra)

Exhibition: Timeless | Visions about WOOL

Workshop: creative collage by Margarida Girão at ESCM

Workshop: creative collage by Margarida Girão open to public

Staged Visit: oriented by actress Joana Poejo

Guided Tours

Concert: Tó Trips & João Doce

Date 2019 | 1 - 10 june


Photo Credit: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues (welcome to artists and guided tours), Gonçalo Xavier Cody and Jose Afterol (originals Sebas Velasco)

Video Credit: Vasco Mendes and Mariana Vasconcelos


On the Map


AVE | Advertising Value Equivalency € 194.823 (€ 178.261 national + € 16.562 international)


Press highlights

Público P3 _ ‘WOOL regressa à Covilhã para dar mais core e vida ao interior’

Diário de Notícias _ ‘Festival WOOL – Covilhã Arte Urbana 2019 realiza-se entre 01 e 10 de junho’

O Interior _ ‘WOOL Festival: Arte Urbana invade a Covilhã’

Jornal do Fundão _ ‘WOOL: a arte toma conta das paredes da Covilhã’

Fórum Covilhã _ ‘WOOL: o festival que dá cor às ruas da Covilhã’