Transforming a familiar object into a work of art

May 23, 2019

A bunch of old chairs: each with four feet, a seat, a back, some maybe with armrests. They enjoyed a long life, until the day when they seemed to be worn out

But is this really the end, or can it be the start of a new life and a new purpose? That’s what is being explored in this artistic project with the children of a local school in the Basque valley of Oztibarre.

Consider it is "participatory art", focusing on the themes of collaboration and recovery. The idea is to give a new life to old chairs by transforming them into "objets d'art". Thanks to the imagination of the children, these chairs will be reborn as elements in a multi-coloured installation.

As a first step, the children's families were asked to see if they had any old chairs in their attics that could be used for the project. Then the chairs were brought the school, where the children learned to appreciate their form and function. Using plaster strips and paints made from pigments mixed with water and egg yolk, they painted the chairs to give them a new fresh and cheerful look.

Once this process is finished, the chairs will be stacked on top of each other to form a colourful pyramid. It will be "the metamorphosis of the chair".

The pyramid of chairs returns to Saint Jean Pied de Port

October 01, 2019

The pyramid made of recycled chairs painted by school children from the ikastolas of Baigorri, Donibane Garazi, Sohüta/Chéraute and Oztibarre has returned to Saint Jean Pied de Port after spending a month in Ordizia (Gipuzkoa) as part of an exhibition of paintings by Josette Dacosta.

Blanca Ortiga works as artist in residence at the Centro Huarte

May 21, 2019

Blanca Ortiga (Hornos de Moncalvillo, La Rioja, 1984) participated last year in the competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize. She is working until June 30 with another artist, Miguel Alejos (Valencia, 1995), as artist in residence in the Habitación exhibition space of the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Huarte (Navarre).

Introducing art to children through play

March 20, 2019

One of the principal objectives of our association is to introduce children to the process of artistic creation. In our current exhibition of paintings by Christine Etchevers, as in all our exhibitions, we are organising visits for school groups.

Irati Inoriza and Natacha Sansoz present their project

February 14, 2019

Irati Inoriza (Balmaseda, 1992) and Natacha Sansoz (Carcassonne, 1981), the two artists chosen in the Itzal Aktiboa 2018 prize contest for a six-week residency at the Huarte Contemporary Art Centre, will present their work in progress to the public on Friday 15 February and Saturday 16 February.

Maite Pinto wins the 2018 Itzal Aktiboa Prize

October 05, 2018

Maite Pinto (Logroño, 1993) has been chosen as winner of the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for her project entitled "The Kindness of Strangers". Based on the experience of 4,000 Basque children who were sent to England in May 1937 as refugees from the Spanish Civil War, her series of aquatint etchings gives a moving account of a historical event that is highly relevant in today’s world.

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