The Foundation MIC International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, which houses the world’s largest collection of ceramic art, and the ISIA of Faenza, a leading center of higher education, specialization and research in the field of design have signed in June 2021 an agreement with a view to implementing a new synergy, which integrates the various aspects of research and training, production and enhancement of the ceramic object, encouraging innovation and updating processes in the field of Creative Cultural Industries.

The two parties undertake to collaborate, in accordance with their respective institutional aims, through the use of their own intellectual, technical, museum and administrative-managerial resources, for the realisation of joint projects to enhance the historical and contemporary cultural heritage of ceramic art. The collaboration agreement will last for three years and may be renewed for an equal period of time.

With this in mind, the first week of the Summer School (12 – 16 July, the others will be held from 26 to 30 July, from 2 to 6 and from 24 to 28 August) has just started, organised as part of the European project Cerdee and in collaboration with ISIA Faenza with the aim of promoting creative ceramic training. This is a series of workshops held in the educational laboratories of the MIC, together with four contemporary artists selected at the last edition of the Premio Faenza (under 35) and the Future Lights in Ceramics competition. The Summer School is aimed in particular at young ceramic entrepreneurs and students.

The convention affirms once again the importance of the necessary relationship between research, creativity, project, production, promotion and enhancement of ceramic objects and design.

For Claudia Casali, director of the MIC of Faenza, “the Isia of Faenza is one of the most interesting creative realities of our territory, and not only. It was therefore easy to dialogue with common aims linked to the ceramic basin that connects us on different levels, from the rich heritage to education. In recent years we have launched many projects with positive feedback, including European ones, not least the Summer Schools which are starting right now and see students and artists in our educational workshops. The agreement confirms this virtuous dialogue so that this effective synergy can continue with new objectives and new project dynamics”.

For Giovanna Cassese, President of ISIA Faenza, “the agreement is the result of a precise cultural policy and puts into system a long-standing relationship between the ISIA and the MIC. Today, after the pandemic, new scenarios are opening up and new challenges are looming for training institutions and museums, the relationship between training and conservation, between creativity and the enhancement of heritage cannot but be ever closer, sides of the same coin. The common goal is to spread the culture of design and focus on Made in Italy and the genius loci of ceramics, understood in its international relations. There are many joint projects in progress and in the near future, starting with the workshops with international artists in which our students are taking part this summer as part of the European project CERDEE, as well as the organisation of a conference and then of a second level international master’s degree in ceramic design”.

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