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".

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.

Eluska Zabalo wins the Nautilus Lanzarote Prize

Septembre 17, 2018

Nautilus Lanzarote has chosen Eluska Zabalo for a two-week artist residency in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) next year, in the context of its partnership with the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for young artists in the Basque Country.

Nautilus Lanzarote runs an apartment hotel complex in Lanzarote committed to ensuring accessibility for handicapped visitors, protection of the environment and...

SEVEN ARTISTS CHOSEN AS FINALISTS FOR THE ITZAL AKTIBOA PRIZE

Septembre 04, 2018

Seven artists chosen as finalists in the competition for the Itzal aktiboa Contemporary Art Prize 2018 - Taxio Ardanaz, Luis Olaso, Maite Pinto, Miriam Isasi, María Jiménez Moreno, Thomas Loyatho and Léa Vessot - will present their work in a collective exhibition during the month of October in the Prison des Évêques in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Selected from among...

Nautilus Lanzarote backs young artists by supporting the Itzal aktiboa prize contest

June 27, 2018

Nautilus Lanzarote is once again joining Itzal aktiboa to support and encourage young artists by offering a two-week artistic residency in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) in the context of the competition for this year's Itzal aktiboa contemporary art prize.

The competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for Young Talent in Contemporary Art 2018 is being organised by Itzal aktiboa in...

A prize of 2,000 euros and two artistic residencies in Navarre

April 07, 2018

In association with the Basque Cultural Institute and the Centre for Contemporary Art of Huarte (Navarre), we are organising the competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for Young Talent in Contemporary Art 2018.

A cash prize of 2,000 euros will be awarded to the winner, and two artists will be invited to participate in artistic residencies at the Centre for Contemporary Art of...

Marythé Avella talks about her use of Basque symbols in her painting

March 01, 2018

Marythé Avella will speak about her approach to painting and her use of Basque symboles in her work in a talk entitled « UN REGARD D’ARTISTE SUR LES LINTEAUX BASQUES » at 6.30 p.m. on Friday March 9 2018, on the occasion of the inauguration of her exhibition “Etxe ikurretarik … Les linteaux nous parlent”.

The exhibition can be visited at the Town Hall, from Monday to...

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