WOOL | Covilhã Urban Art 2017
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 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
Covilhã (historic center), Portugal
Bosoletti (Argentina), Doa Oa (Spain), Halfstudio (Portugal) and Third (Portugal)
LATA 65 | urban art workshop for seniors (Portugal)
‘Sky’s the limit’ by Jérôme Thomas (France)
‘Wool Meets Roubaix #1’ and ‘Wool Pieces’
oriented by organization element
Artist: Bosoletti (Arrebatamento) | Photo: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues
Artists: Halfstudio (Cidade flor + Em ti mora o meu amor + Amor) | Photo: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues
Artist: Artists: Halfstudio (Cidade neve) | Photo: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues
Artist: Doa Oa (Indigofera Tinctoria + Rubia Tinctorium) | Photo: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues
Artist: Third (Coração) | Photo: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues
Workshop: Lata 65 | Urban Art Workshop for Seniors | Photo: Tiago Pinheira