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'OLTRARNO GAZE 2022': Project overview

Pulp and Primroses workshop , ph. Maria Laura Fineschi, Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone

Today's talents take cues from historic women artists. The Oltrarno Gaze 2022 exhibition and events series is a dialogue through the centuries that forges a bridge between modern-day art and artisanship, and art by historic women, with emphasis on Florence's Oltrarno district.

The multi-faceted programme foresees three art exhibitions, three grant programmes/workshops, three 'invitations' to local and international artisans, writers and photographers to produce original creations, and three cultural walkabouts. Throughout the spring, 14 women photographers and video makers will capture the creative process of the 45 artists, artisans and photographers forming the backbone of the Oltrarno Gaze 2022, via a short video documentary, a multi-exhibition catalogue (The Florentine Press, 2022), and a spoken word performance.

"The project's aim is to provide an opportunity to bring modern-day artisanship in Florence's historic artisan quarter into focus, and to create a platform for the exhibition of works by emerging and established artists" says Linda Falcone, the project's coordinator. "Specifically, Oltrarno Gaze 2022 strives to document and promote the creative contributions of women, rediscovering historic relationships and forging new ones."

Florence welcomes this multi-disciplinary cultural programme, organised by the British Institute of Florence and Il Palmerino Cultural Association, with 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


Oltrarno Gaze Complete Programme 2022
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Participating video makers and photographers: Olga Makarova, Simone Sabatini, Viola Parretti, Alessandra Barucchieri, Valentina Bellini, Cinzia Carmen Cardellicchio, Laura Cervaroli, Maria Grazia Dainelli, Cecilia Franchi, Elisa Fossi, Maria Laura Fineschi, Daniela Giampà, Donatella Piazza, Irene Pini and Antonella Tomassi

Participating artists Elena Barthel, Samuel Leutze Bordley, Amalia Ciardi Duprè, Lydia Chapman, Mimma Di Stefano, Silvia Fossati, Lyall Harris, Virginie Houdet, Marisa Garreffa, Massimo Lippi, Guenda Nocentini, Emily Rogers, Patricia Silva and Rea Stavropoulos

Participating artisans Omero Benvenuti, Beatrice Cuniberti, Camilla Di Biagio, Erin Ciulla, Gigi Echevarria, Joy Franklin, Antonella Ielpo, Elif Malkoclar, Poiret Masse, Duccio Mazzanti, Margherita de Martino Norante, Luca Parenti, Stefania Pelliccia, Stephanie Lehmann and Kirstie Mathieson

Graphics Silvia Farolfi, Fiona Richards

Translator Giulia Sadun

Guides, hosts and historians Freya Middleton, Monica Shenouda, Rita Tambone

Oltrarno Gaze Catalogue published by The Florentine Press (June, 2022)


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