Contemporary culture, tourism and local communities
Save the date: exchange day
September 14th 2017
«Die neuen Produkte aus der Region – Zeitgenössische Kultur, Tourismus und lokale Gemeinschaften»
Festivals out in meadows, artist residencies framed by mountain streams and Alpine huts, exhibitions under a rural night sky. Non-urban areas are increasingly sought out as venues for art production and presentation.
Creative Villages aims to foster cultural projects in places at a distance from cultural hubs. Together with the Valais school of art (Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais, ECAV), the community of Leytron is exploring the challenges and opportunities of contemporary artistic production in a rural environment. The old village church serves as project base. Under the guidance of curator Benoît Antille, both the church – previously used for storage purposes – and the village as a whole are being revived with works of art.
Creative Villages, a combination of cultural programme and research project, thereby brings together cultural practitioners, the local population and representatives of the tourist trade. Different approaches are tested and discussed by means of exhibitions, conferences, workshops and residencies, and the role of art in location marketing is subject to critical debate. The project’s pilot phase (2015 –2017) closes with an exhibition featuring the works of Carmen Perrin and Fabiana de Barros and a day of exchange in September 2017.