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.

For all of October, the chairs have found a new home in the town hall of Saint Jean Pied de Port, surrounded by the paintings of Josette Dacosta. They will then leave for a new, as yet unknown destination.

The children of the ikastolas had worked all through the spring on these chairs, some in Josette Dacosta's studio and others in their school. The children's families provided the chairs - broken down objects whose next destination would otherwise have been the garbage dump. The children turned them into works of art, in a project conceived as participatory art and focusing on the themes of working together and recycling

In Ordizia, the chairs had been mounted in a pyramid in the lobby of the cultural centre, a magnificent 17th century mansion, much to the astonishment of the students of the music school and users of the municipal library, both located in this building.

But it was certainly for the pupils of the ikastola of Oztibarre that the surprise was the greatest.

They had worked for months on the project with their teachers and Josette Dacosta, but when they set off by bus on a school excursion one September morning they had no idea where they were going. Imagine their surprise when they found themselves confronted with the chairs that they had been painting, now transformed into a work of art!

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

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