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
Covilhã (historic center), Portugal
Sebas Velasco (Spain), Douglas Pereira (Brazil), Kruella d’Enfer (Portugal) and Mário Belém (Portugal)
creative collage by Margarida Girão (Portugal)
session of short films under the theme: Art and Activism
Timeless | Visions about WOOL
Tó Trips & João Doce (Portugal)
oriented by organization element
oriented by actress Joana Poejo (Portugal)
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
Concert: Tó Trips & João Doce