POLDRA – Public Sculpture Project Viseu, envisions to develop contemporary public art/art in public space proposals – with a significant focus on sculpture – created for selected spaces (site-specific) reinventing and reinterpreting them; while encouraging interactions between the visitors and the sites themselves. Through this dynamic, the work of art will be the kickstarter of a relation that it is hoped can exist beyond the act of looking.
POLDRA thus intend to contribute to the creation of an open sky, public art circuit. Each edition will bring about a dimension of long duration temporary creations, with a minimum of 3 proposals that will be maintained for a period of approximately 2 years, in this way ensuring the intertwining between each year’s proposals and executions with the ones from following editions of POLDRA, thus allowing a dialogue between authorships, visions, concepts and premises.
Each year, through an Open Call, POLDRA also encourages the presentation of proposals that complementing the existing collection, allow for supplemental and diverse looks and practices upon the public spaces that are selected as grounds for the Project.
The proposals that may be presented through this Open Call, must be specifically conceived for the Fontelo Wood’s (Viseu, Portugal) and must embody consistent thinking concerning Public Art/Art in Public Spaces as well as reflect the body of work of the creator’s (individual or collective) perspective regarding the topic.
The 2019 Open Call by POLDRA – Public Sculpture Project Viseu, which was open to proposals from March 1st to April 7th, and aimed at the development of art in public space, received a total of 44 applications from 3 continents, totaling 17 countries (Azerbaijan, England, Chile, Dinarmarca, Holland, Spain, Guatemala, Switzerland, Turkey, China, USA, Israel, Brazil, Ukraine, Italy, Scotland and Germany).
The Jury selected two works to be implemented during this second year of POLDRA. The proposals “LITHOS” by Natalia Bezerra (USA) & Kaitlin Ferguson (Scotland), and “Pedra Viva” by the Portuguese artist Liliana Velho, will be the first to be part of the Mata do Fontelo Public Sculpture Circuit, via the Open Call process POLDRA established.
To the authors, due and sincere congratulations and to all those who have submitted their proposals, our Thank You.
From the 12th October onward, at Mata do Fontelo, these and the 3 new invitation pieces for POLDRA will be available for all those interested.
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The Jury was constituted by an element of the Organization (João Dias, Artistic Director of POLDRA), an element representing the City Council of Viseu (Jorge Sobrado, Councilman for Culture and Tourism), two personalities of recognized experience and merit, within Contemporary Art (Emilia Ferreira, Director of the Portuguese National Museum of Contemporary Art, in Lisbon; and Stella Ioannou, Co-Director of the “Sculpture in the City” Festival, in London), and an artist who has been part in a previous edition of POLDRA (Cristina Ataíde, Visual Artist).