The Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – G. I. Katsigra Museum, showing particular sensitivity towards young creators, takes the initiative, together with the Art Schools, to organize the institution as a practical gesture of support for the new generation of the place and strengthening the effort in the field of higher artistic education. The Academy of Fine Arts of Athens, the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina and the School of Fine Arts of the University of Western Macedonia in Florina are participating.
It is an artistic event of pan-Hellenic interest and brilliance, an institution that does not function simply as an “exhibition event”, but as a framework for artistic, educational and curatorial experimentation. The Biennale will be dedicated to Irini Katsigra, daughter of the benefactor of the city Georgios Katsigra, who passed away prematurely.
The organization includes two separate events, which have a common goal, the promotion and highlighting of the new art scene, offering a platform to young artists. The first and central art exhibition event concerns the realization of an art exhibition of young creators, graduates of the Schools of Fine Arts in the Art Gallery. The exhibition will be competitive and the six best entries will be awarded. The Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – G. I. Katsigra Museum wanting to support young creators will award three prizes and three commendations, which will be accompanied by a corresponding amount of money. The projects will be selected by an independent committee. Subsequently, the awarded works will be part of the Gallery’s Collection. A judging committee is made up of the directors of the three major contemporary art museums of Greece, i.e. the director of the National Gallery-Museum of Alexandros Soutsos, Ms. Syrago Tsiara, the director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Ms. Katerina Gregou and the director of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art- Collections of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Contemporary Art Mr. Thulis Misirloglou.
The second event concerns a conference with two thematic sections. The first theme has to do with artistic education in the Higher Educational Institutions of the country, with the aim of investigating contemporary practices and future challenges, and the second with contemporary artistic creation, the perspectives of graduates of Fine Arts Schools, institutions, agencies , support and promotion mechanisms for new creators.
The Biennale of Fine Arts Schools will be inaugurated at the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – G. I. Katsigra Museum, on Saturday, December 2, at 7.30 pm, and the conference will be held on Sunday, December 3. The exhibition will last until December 31.