SYMPOSIUMS

UPCOMING EVENTS 2014

We are looking forward to announce the upcoming events in Zvartava this summer! More information, including the dates, themes, fees of the masterclass and the symposium will follow shortly. Stay tuned for great news and follow us on our webpage www.symposiums.lv, as well as Facebook page www.facebook.com/symposiums.lv. Cheers!



OPENING OF THE SYMPOSIUM "MASCULINE AND FEMININE CERAMICS" SYMPOSIUM

“Creativity mecca” invites everyone to the opening of the exhibition “Masculine and feminine ceramics” – a one day show of the works created during the Symposium “Masculine and feminine ceramics". Works will be presented in the Floating Arts Center "Beta Novuss" on AB Dam at 17:00 o’clock on the 12th of August, 2013.

Symposium took place from the 2nd–12th of August, 2013 in Zvartava manor with participation of artists from Belgium, Russia, France, Germany, Finland, Lithuania and Latvia.



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RIP, PETERIS...

Today in the morning of the 2nd of August, 2013 - the first day of the Symposium "Masculine and feminine ceramics" - Peteris Martinsons went away along the light road to see and feel how much we love him and will miss him... Rest in peace, Peteris. We already miss you.



OPENING OF THE "LITHOPHANE" MASTERCLASS EXHIBITION


“Creativity mecca” invites everyone to the opening of the exhibition “Lithophanes” – a display of the works created during the “Lithophanes” Masterclass led by artist Ilona Romule. The opening will take plase in Riga Porcelain Museum at 17:00 o’clock on the 31st of July, 2013.

Masterclass took place from the 21st–31st of July, 2013 in Zvartava manor with participation of artists from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Wales, Switzerland, Italy and the United States.

Ilona Romule is one of very few artists in the world, which today works in the technique of lithophane, creating three-dimensional porcelain objects, which reveal extraordinary relief effects. Artists participating in the workshop had an exclusive opportunity to acquire this unique porcelain technique, starting with the casting of plaster forms for the lithophanes.

The technique was known in Europe at the beginning of the 19th and some historians believe that the inspiration for the idea came from China plates that were as thin as the sheet of paper with different reliefs of landscapes and ornaments. However, over time the lithophane technique has been undeservedly forgotten. In the 21st century lithophane is experiencing rebirth, largely due to the development of technologies and the use of exquisite materials and pure shapes in art and design objects.

"Lithophanes created for the exhibition reflect not only each artist's personal style, but also the freedom one’s thought and inexhaustibility one’s fantasy," says Ilona Romule, admitting that "the works displayed in the exhibition are the best possible works that could be created within one week. There were lots of tears when the capricious China porcelain showed it’s nature during the drying process. Every work is created from the depths of one’s heart and we welcome everybody to evaluate our success!”.

The Lithophane masterclass was organized by “Creativity mecca” with the support of “ITA Consultant” Ltd. and State Culture Capital Foundation.



OPENING OF THE SYMPOSIUM "MEDITATION LIGHT" EXHIBITION

We are proud to announce that on the 20th of July, 2013 at 10PM in Cesis, Cesis Medieval Castle Park will be the opening of the exhibition of the largescale ceramics and light objects/ sculptures from Lode factory bricks - works created during the Symposium "Meditation Light". Our invited artists have done a great job and all artworks are stunning! Be present and we will be ready to share the magics of meditation light! Entrance is free.   



NORDIC CULTURE POINT GRANT AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS FROM LITHUANIA, ESTONIA AND NORDIC COUNTRIES!


Nordic Culture Point offers mobility support for professional artists from Lithuania, Estonia and Nordic countries who wish to apply for participation at Zvartava 2013 summer ceramic events- Masterclass Litophania with Ilona Romule and Symposium with Masters: masculine and feminine in ceramics with Ilona Romule and Peteris Martinsons.

The grant covers the expenses up to 10 days stay in a form of fixed per diem of 70 EUR per day. The grant also supports travel costs from 200 – 1800 EUR, depending on the artist’s country of permanent residence (from the country of permanent residence to Latvia).

You are more than welcome to apply for the grant in order to support your participation. In case we can help you in the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Deadline for submitting the online grant application is 24 April, 2013. The application form is available here: http://applications.kknord.org/user/register.php.

For more information, please, see the webpage of Nordic Culture Point. http://www.kulturkontaktnord.org/lang-en/forms-of-funding/nordic-baltic-mobility-programme-for-culture.

If you are applying for the grant, you still need to register for the Masterclass or the Symposium via our official website http://www.symposiums.lv/. The application form for the Masterclass is available under the "Fee" section of the particular event, as the applications will be reviewed on first to come, first to serve base. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at creativitymecca@gmail.com or linda.rasenbauma@ita.lv!


GREETINGS FROM PETERIS MARTINSONS!

Preparation for the Symposium and the Masterclass is picking up speed. However, speeding up cannot be related to the one of our beloved invited artists. Deep reflection in art and the practice of everyday life is what characterizes Peteris the best! Join us in the Symposium "Masculine and feminine ceramics" in Zvartava this summer and meet Peteris in person. Happiness is true only when shared!



VIDEO ON HAND MADE LITHOPHANES

Here is a video of Hannah Blackwell from her exhibition in the Blair Museum of Lithophanes. Here Hannah talks about the hand made lithophanes. Now, with modern 3D printers lithophane creation is within the reach of any artists, however, the artistic value of the hand made lithophanes to be created during the “Lithophane masterclass” is incomparable due to the artists’ own ideas shaped into fine porcelain and the hard work devoted for creation of unique artworks. 



MONEY PRIZES FOR BEST ARTWORKS CREATED DURING THE "MASCULINE AND FEMININE CERAMICS" SYMPOSIUM!

We are happy to announce that we have established 3 money prizes for the best works created during the Symposium “Masculine and feminine ceramics”. Symposium masters - Ilona Romule and Peteris Martinsons - together with each Symposium participant will select one of the created artworks to be dedicated for the symposium exhibition and afterwards to be left at disposal of Symposium organizers. From all selected artworks for the exhibition, Symposium masters will take the decision on 3 best works to be awarded with following money prizes – 250 EUR for the 1st place, 200 EUR for the 2nd place and 150 EUR for the 3rd best artwork.



APPLICATION FOR THE SYMPOSIUM "MEDITATION LIGHT" IS OPEN!

We sincerely invite artists to apply for the symposium "Mediation Light" which is an opportunity to create permanent light objects/ sculptures for Cesis Medieval Castle Park.

Please, fill in the APPLICATION FORM and send your creative CV, as well as 3-5 photos of your works to e-mail ilze.bumbiere@ita.lv.

More information under the webpage section "Meditation light 12-21 Jul 2013".



MATERIALS ON LITHOPHANE

Please, visit the Blair Museum of Lithophanes webpage for materials on Litophane technique.



APPLICATION FOR LITHOPHANE MASTERCLASS AND SYMPOSIUM ON MASCULINE AND FEMININE CERAMICS IS OPEN!

Application for the Lithophane masterclass and the Symposium is OPEN! Please, apply through the links provided under "Fee" sections. If you are willing to participate in both events, please, fill out both application forms!

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