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Artisans' grant: 'I AM A RAGING RIVER'

Student grant at the Ateliar degli Artigianelli, ph. Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone

21 March - March 25, 2022

Atelier degli Artigianelli, Via dei Serragli 104

This student grant programme involves a series of hands-on workshops for four young creatives from Cooperativa Il Girasole, a social co-op in the Oltrarno district. Inspired by snippets of Artemisia Gentileschi's letters, artist and poet Massimo Lippi will guide awardees in the creation of a hand-bound libro d'artista featuring watercolour and Tuscan-earth pigment illustrations.

The book's cotton-pulp paper will be made entirely by hand at the Piccola Cartiera degli Artigianelli, via a traditional processing method and manual gluing, where Arno river-water is used as a binder. Its cover page will be decorated with Siminagash, Japanese for 'floating ink', an age-old art form. Participants learn book-binding, based on the Florentine tradition with Omero Benvenuti (Oltrarno book binder since 1967).

Student creations will form part of Cooperativa Il Girasole's installation at the BRIDGES book art exhibition at Il Palmerino from May 5 to June 5 2022 (afternoons on Thursdays to Sundays or by appointment) in which 10 international contemporary women artists respond to their historic counterparts.

Oltrarno Gaze 2022, a cultural program and events series organised by the British Institute of Florence and Il Palmerino Cultural Association, was made possible thanks to a grant from the Advancing Women Artists Legacy Fund.


Media and communication

Calliope Arts / Restoration Conversations

The Florentine

With the patronage of

Consulate of the United States of America in Florence

In collaboration with  'Sotto al British' at the British Institute of Florence, Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone APS, 'Creative People in Florence', Freya's Florence, Amalia Ciardi Duprè Museum, Atelier degli Artigianelli and Spazio NOTA with Osservatorio Mestieri d'Arte


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