Returning to traditions

Sector: Social

Implemented by: Association National Committee ICOM Moldova in partnership with the Union of Artists from Transnistria and the National Arts Museum of Moldova

Duration: November 2013 – November 2014

Budget: 21,615 €

Short description: 127 artists from both banks (30 men and 97 women) participated in 12 joint artistic activities; 49 from the Transnistrian region and 78 from Chisinau: coordinators, students in arts faculties, teachers, museum employees, and consultants, experts, from Chisinau and Tiraspol, Bendery and Rybnita;

  • For the first time since 1991, partnerships have been concluded between 2 public and 3 non-profit cultural institutions and 6 educational institutions from both banks serving as a platform for a further dialogue, communication and cooperation between the artistic and cultural institutions;
  • 2 joint workshops in ceramics and tapestry were organized for 38 students (25 women and 13 men) from both banks, including 2 girls with hearing impairments. 58 artworks produced in ceramics and tapestry were exposed in Chisinau and Bender art museums for more than 3,500 visitors. A joint exhibition was organized in Chisinau Arts Museum for 32 children’s drawings on the International Children Day;
  • 3 joint study visits were organized to Tiraspol, Bender and Chisinau; 3 master classes on decorative arts were held for the general public, including one during the European Night of Museums. A round table and a symposium on decorative arts were organised for 190 people (130 women and 30 men) during which decorative arts development, arts pedagogy and conservation of museum collections were discussed;
  • Teachers and the older generation of artists shared their experience and knowledge to students of art educational institutions from both banks, allowing young artists to acquire new theoretical knowledge and improve their professionalism. Students and teachers gained practical experience, shared teaching methods in the professional field through collaboration and exchanges;
  • As a result, the project participants have established not only artistic exchanges, but also initiated dialogues for long-term cooperation and joint projects development. To support further cooperation between artists on both banks, a website has been developed where the best works of young decorative artists are posted. High visibility of the project activities and positive feedback was received from the artistic community and general public.