The project “Mosaico - Conímbriga and Sicó” involves an array of Creative Tourism activities based on the valuable Roman Mosaic Heritage present in the geographical axis constituted by the Ruins of the Roman city of Conímbriga, the Roman Villa of Rabaçal, and the Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda. The project spans three municipalities: Condeixa-a-Nova, Penela and Ansião.
The project is headquartered in the "Monographic Museum of Conímbriga - National Museum" – an important center for archaeological research, conservation, and restoration of Roman Mosaics. This project organizes cultural and creative activities within the museum, interpretative centers, and archaeological sites in its program of action. It promotes active visitor experiences that involve learning about the Roman Mosaic Heritage and affirming this as an expression of creativity brought into the present and reinterpreting it now and for the future.
The Roman Mosaic Heritage present in this territory is an important artistic and cultural testimony of different moments of Romanization in Portugal – rich in materials, techniques, decorative motifs, images and narratives – all inserted in a Cultural Landscape to be discovered.
Mosaico – Conímbriga e Sicó
Composition themes of the Roman mosaicThe workshop begins with guided tours to observe the multiple composition themes present in the Roman Heritage mosaics of the geographical axis involved in the program. Following these tours, thematic workshops will be spaces of study and practice of Mosaic Composition. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain a better knowledge of Mosaic Art and the creative processes it involves.
The thematic workshops will involve both visual study and imagery recreation through two-dimensional language (graphic and digital), and will take place in several sites of the network of Interpretative Centers and Archaeological Sites.
Material recreation of themes of the Roman Mosaic
Based on thematic guided tours, workshops will allow direct contact with the Mosaic Art of the periods observed in the archaeological sites in the project, and participants will learn about the different materials, techniques, and processes of mosaic creation of Mosaic in the various periods of Romanization. The thematic workshops will be moments of creation and the technical execution of personal mosaics, in dialogue with the Roman mosaics observed and allowing for original creative involvement and self-expression in the processes of appropriation of this Heritage.
Digital recreation of themes from the Roman Mosaic
Guided tours will allow visitors an exceptional opportunity to observe and learn about the Roman Mosaics maintained in preventative conservation programs. Benefiting from the "in situ" interpretation conducted by professional archaeologists and mosaic restorers at these sites, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice digital documentation (2D) processes as a part of the visual documentation of the heritage. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate in the co-creation of digital databases (images and contents) on Heritage presented during the workshop, as well as in the post-visit period.
Heritage studies and mosaic creation (Integrated Summer Program)
The Integrated Program (weekly or biweekly) consists of a series of guided visits to the various Archaeological Sites of the project, conducted by specialists in the topics covered. From "in situ" observation and complementary studies developed in Seminars, related to Mosaic Art in different historical periods, practical hands-on mosaic workshops will allow each participant to creatively engage with the mosaic "language" of this artform, experimenting with its materials, techniques, and expressive resources.
The program is aimed at specific audiences and those interested in cultural heritage.
Conservation and restoration of the Roman mosaic (observation and intervention "in situ")
The Monographic Museum of Conímbriga - National Museum is an important centre of study, research, and conservation and restoration of the Roman Mosaic. It is therefore a unique opportunity for visitors interested in heritage preservation to be able to observe Mosaic's specialized preservation and restoration practices in situ, becoming familiar with the concepts and good practices in the specific field in question. This activity will allow visitors to become involved in preventive conservation programs, supported by experts, and in conservation interventions in process.
The program assumes cross-cutting approaches to relevant study themes and is dedicated to specific audiences.
Mosaic – Transversal educational approaches
The program of transversal educational approaches related to the Roman mosaic heritage brings together various disciplinary knowledges in interpretation and diverse cross-cutting approaches, from Geology to Computational Programming.
Artistic Residency / workshop
The Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda, home to important Roman Mosaic Heritage, will host a program of artistic residences within this project
The Artistic Residency Program presents several guidelines, depending on the fields of research, goals and articulation strategies with other initiatives of the project.
Artistic Residencies can be held throughout the calendar year and at any time, as they depend fundamentally on a specific program of activity.
The beneficiaries will be selected by invitation or by open tender made public.
A Mosaic Festival will be held during the summer months, beginning in 2018, to promote both learning and creative engagement. It will take place in the spaces of the Museums, the Interpretative Centers and the Archaeological Sites of the "Mosaico - Conímbriga and Sicó" project network. The Mosaic Festival program will include thematic seminars and a series of workshops, aimed at different audiences, dedicated to a wide variety of themes relating to mosaic as heritage and as a timeless form of artistic expression.
• Conímbriga Monographic Museum - National Museum (Condeixa-a-Nova)
• Ruins of the Roman city of Conímbriga (Condeixa-a-Nova)
• Roman Villa of Rabaçal (Museum and Archaeological site) (Rabaçal / Penela)
• Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda (Santiago de Guarda / Ansião)
Date: to announce
Language(s) available for the workshop(s)/activities: Portuguese | Spanish | French | English | Italian | German
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