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17TH ECWS INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION “CÓRDOBA 2014”




On Thursday 9th of October, 2014, took place the formal openning of the 17TH ECWS INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION “CÓRDOBA 2014” in the “Casa de Góngora”, a XVIIth century house built around a typical Andalusian courtyard located in the historic centre of Córdoba.





But the Exhibition adventure began much before, in early January, with the selection of works by the 13 participating ECWS member societies among their artists, the sending of them to Cordoba and the framing work done at Sevilla...







The Exhibition was officially opened by Mrs. Amelia Caracuel, representative of the City Council of Cordoba; Mrs. Cristina Bracaloni, the current ECWS Coordinator; Ms. Sara Velasco, the Commisioner of the Exhibition, and Mr. Elías Cañas, the president of the Agrupación de Acuarelistas de Andalucía, the hosting ECWS society in this occasion.







The Exhibition harbours a total of 150 watercolours distributed in three large halls in the ground floor, one lecture hall in the first floor and in the balcony around the main courtyard. A superb variety of motifs, styles, techniques and formats in which is, probably, the most complete annual exhibition of contemporary watercolour in Europe.






As Elizabeth Tyler, a Swedish representative and participating artist wrote in her blog: “the exhibition as a whole shows the enormous diversity of the medium and 150 ways of painting with it. … Perhaps the fact that it is an international show makes it so inspiring and dynamic. There are paintings with strong colours and bold strokes, some with sensitive expression and some with intricate detail. Numerous styles, right from non figurative abstract to hyper realism, are represented.  .”.





All these artworks are collected in a high quality printing official catalogue with nearly 200 pages. Those who would like to purchase a copy (at the price of 15 € per copy + shipping costs via regular mail) are still on time by making their request by e-email to the Organizing Committee (cordobaecws2014@gmail.com).


The exhibition will remain open until Sunday the 2nd of November, 2014.

Thanks to all the 150 participating artists from 11 different European countries, to the Symposiun attendees, dignataires and sponsors, and to the City Council of Córdoba, who lent the "Casa de Góngora" for this magnificent cultural event.



Another way of building Europe through Art and Culture...

THE SYMPOSIUM ART LECTURE: “ORIENT IN OCCIDENT: THE ART IN AL-ANDALUS”


For more tan 8 centuries (711-1492), parts of the Iberian Peninsula (known as al-Andalus) were under Islamic rule. To illustrate the magnificence of the artistic production of al-Andalus, we will have a very qualified guest, Mr. Antonio Vallejo Triano, historian and former director of the archaeological site of Madinat al-Zahra (near Córdoba).



Mr. Vallejo will dictate the Symposium Art Lecture on Thursday October 9th at Palacio de Viana for all the registered attendees. There will be a session in English (16:00-17:00 hours) and a later session in Spanish (17:00-18:00 hours).

YOU ALL ARE WELCOME !!




"CÓRDOBA 2014 WATERCOLOUR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL": FINAL PROGRAM


With small schedule changes, we have the pleasure to publish the final program of the 17th ECWS International Watercolour Symposium, both in English and in Spanish

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE !!





BOOK YOUR HOTEL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE !!

From the Organizing Committee we strongly recommend International Symposium attendees to book for hotel as soon as possible.

Córdoba is a very tourist city, and during the Symposium week there are several national and international concurrent events, so it might be difficult if you leave it until last minute.

We remind all attendees that they may book for their accommodation through the Symposium Technical Secretariat (Tempotours Viajes SL) to benefit from the special agreed prices for Symposium attendees in any of the 3 reserved hotels.

·        E-mail: tempotours@tempotours.es
·        Phone: 00-34-957 484 883



HOTELS RESERVED FOR SYMPOSIUM ATTENDEES AT SPECIAL FARES
(Prices are per room and night; breakfast included)

·        Hotel TRYP CÓRDOBA LOS GALLOS-Meliá ***.

 



Avda. Medina Azahara, 7, 14005,  Córdoba.
10 minutes walking from the Mosque-Cathedral and 5 minutes from the train and bus station.

Double room: 94 €.

Double room for individual use: 85 €.

·        Hotel AC CÓRDOBA - Marriott ****.

 



Avda. de la Libertad, 24. 14006 Córdoba.
10 minutes walking from the Mosque-Cathedral and 5 minutes from the train and bus station.
Double room: 93 €.Double room for individual use: 83 €.

·        Hotel EUROSTARS PALACE CÓRDOBA *****.



 

Paseo de la Victoria, s/n, 14004 Córdoba. 
5 minutes walking from the Mosque-Cathedral and 10 minutes from the train and bus station.

Double room: 105 €.

Double room for individual use: 90 €.

Alternatively, attendees may directly book their accommodation by internet; If so, we recommend to take before a look to the hotels listed in the official Tourist Board of Córdoba website: (http://www.turismodecordoba.org/ ).

VACANCIES FOR THE PRE-SYMPOSIUM WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOPS


The Organizing Committee has re-arranged the pre-Symposium watercolour workshops sessions due to the low number of applicants, and has re-opened the registration deadline until Monday September 22nd 2014 in order to try to maintain available the following workshops sessions through new applications.

Date
Workshop
Schedule
06.10.14
Making your own colors for watercolour
Cancelled
06.10.14
Painting the Mediterranean light
Cancelled
06.10.14
Urban landscape
Cancelled
07.10.14
Making your own colors for watercolour
Vacants
07.10.14
Painting the Mediterranean light
Vacants
07.10.14
Urban landscape
Cancelled
08.10.14
Making your own colors for watercolour
Cancelled
08.10.14
Painting the Mediterranean light
Cancelled
08.10.14
Urban landscape
Vacants

All the scheduled workshops will be from 9:00 to 15:00 hours, and are subjected to previous booking. The participating fee for each five-hour workshop session is 50 € by person, and new applicants must book in advance by e-mail (cordobaecws2014@gmail.com) and pay the 50 € fee directly in Córdoba.

The Organizing Committee has selected 3 prominent members of the AAA (Agrupación de Acuarelistas de Andalucía) to act as conductors of each of the workshops.

Workshop “Making your own colours for watercolour”



This workshop intends to introduce attendees to make their own colors from basic solid pigments. It will be conducted by Mikel Heredia (http://mikelheredia.blogspot.com/), an awarded AAA artist resident in Motril (Granada) who habitually uses watercolour colors fabricated by himself from organic and inorganic pigments, arabic gum, glycerine and other components.
The only session of this workshop will be held on Tuesday October 7th from 9:00 to 15:00 hours, and there are still vacancies. Pigments and other materials will be freely available for workshop attendees.

Workshop “Painting the Mediterranean light”



https://es-la.facebook.com/camilo.huescar) is a renowned painter in watercolour resident in Córdoba. He is an acknowledged master on the wet on wet tecnique, backlight and landscape. Watercolour paper will be freely available for workshop attendees. There are still vacancies for the only session of this workshop, that will be held on Tuesday October 7th from 9:00 to 15:00 hours.



Workshop “Urban landscape”



This workshop will be conducted by Nicolás Angulo (http://nangulo.blogspot.com.es/ ; http://cursosdeacuarelanicolasangulo.blogspot.com.es/), an AAA artist who lives and teaches in Jaén and who loves urban scenarios. Watercolour paper will be freely available for workshop attendees. The only session of this workshop will be held on Wednesday October 8th from 9:00 to 15:00 hours, and there are still vacancies




REMEMBER !!
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd 2014 !!




ONE-DAY TOUR TO LA ALHAMBRA AND GRANADA - THERE ARE STILL SEVEN VACANCIES


On Wednesday October 8th, Pre-Symposium period, we have scheduled an optional one-day tour to La Alhambra and Granada for all attendees and accompanying guest who wish to book for it. The fee for this optional activity is 100 € per person, and it includes bus ride (round trip), admission ticket and a guided visit  to “La Alhambra”,  lunch, and a quick visit to the historical centre of Granada (Carrera del Darro, Plaza Nueva, Alcaicería and Cathedral). 

Carrera del Darro


The departure will be at 6:40 am from Hotel AC Córdoba, and the return, about 20:30-21:00 hours.


Watercolour by Nadia Semerozum (AAA)

Alhambra means “red fortress” in arabic, and it is a complex of palaces and fortifications located on top of the Medina hill, It was the court of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada until 1492, and since 1984, it is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The guided visit (in English and in Spanish) takes about 2,30-3 hours.

Plaza Nueva

 Cathedral

 Alcaicería (Handcraft market)

There still remain 7 free seats in the bus. Attendees who wish to book for this optional tour, please contact as soon as possible with the Organizing Committee:



More information about La Alhambra:


Watercolours of Granada and La Alhambra:


“CÓRDOBA 2014” SYMPOSIUM: LAST-MINUTE APPLICATIONS




For last-minute applications, the Organizing Committee has habilitated a special registration period for the International Watercolour Symposium until September 22th, 2014.

Due to logistic reasons, bookings for the “NOCTURNAL VISIT TO THE MOSQUE-CATHEDRAL” and for the “ONE-DAY TOUR TO ALHAMBRA-GRANADA” must be received before September 8th, 2014.

We briefly remind the ON-LINE registration procedure:

A.- Fill in the electronic registration application form (one per person, whether artist or accompanying guest). The application form may be directly accessed at the following URL address:


B. – E-mail your bank transfer voucher (amount to be paid depending on your chosen registration modality and optional activities) to the Organizing Committee: cordobaecws2014@gmail.com

Bank account data:

Beneficiary customer:
·        TempoTours SL.
·        Calle Reyes Católicos, 12, 14001 Córdoba, SPAIN

Bank name: CAIXABANK, S.A.
·        Main branch: Avda. Diagonal 621-629, 08028 Barcelona, SPAIN.

Account number: 2100-2117-21-0200336782

Concept of payment:
·        FULL NAME - SYMPOSIUM FEE.

IBAN (electronic): ES24 2100 2117 2102 00336782

IBAN (paper): IBAN ES24 2100 2117 2102 00336782

IBC/ SWIFT: CAIXESBBXXX

Symposium attendees will receive an OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION E-MAIL at their personal electronic mail address after registration.

Please, feel free to contact the Symposium Organizing Committee through:


WATERCOLOUR FOR THE “CORDOBA 2014 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL” OFFICIAL POSTER




This is the elected watercolour for the “Córdoba 2014” International Watercolour Festival corporative image. Its author is María José Cabrera Cruz, member of the Agrupación de Acuarelistas de Andalucía (AAA) from Sevilla, and it was selected by the members of the AAA among other 15 artwork candidates.

Its represents part of the “soul” of Córdoba: the Arabic arcades of the Mosque-Cathedral and the “Fiesta de los Patios” (Courtyards Festival, which takes place every May).

With the “Cordoba, European Capital of Watercolour 2014” logo, designed by Antonio Cosano“, and the Symposium” logo, designed by Curro Sújar, and the  (both from Córdoba and also members of the AAA),




they will constitute the three basic elements for the poster of the “Córdoba 2014 International Watercolour Festival”, for the cover of International Exhibition official catalogue and for the banners that will embellish Córdoba next October 

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MOVES TO “CASA DE GÓNGORA”

Due to technical and space reasons, finally the 17th ECWS International Watercolour Exhibition moves definitely from “Sala de Orive” to “Casa de Góngora”.


Location of "Casa de Góngora"


Arco "El Portillo"

This expositive space is located in the Calle Cabezas number 3, in the historical center of the town, near the “Arco del Portillo” and 5 minutes walking from both the Palacio de Orive (the Official Venue for the Symposium) and the Mosque-Cathedral.



Main facade

"Casa de Góngora" is a XVII century historical building constructed around an arcaded courtyard and five exhibition halls on two levels. It is less spectacular than Sala Orive, but has a grater surface to harbour the nearly 150 artworks of the International Exhibition


Central courtyard


One of the five exhibition halls


HOW TO GET TO CÓRDOBA

Córdoba has not an international airport, but it is well connected to the international airports of Madrid (420 kms), Málaga (160 kms) and Sevilla (142 kms). You can get to Córdoba by train, by bus or by car. 


Córdoba Railway Station (Córdoba Central)



                                     Córdoba Bus Station (near the railway station)

The most useful website (in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian) is:


There you may find direct links to train and buses information from Madrid, Málaga, Sevilla and other main Spanish cities to Córdoba. 

By train, AVE (high speed train) is the best option, but it may be expensive. Other types of trains (ALVIA, ALTARIA, AVANT…) are cheaper but less frequent.



By train, AVE (high speed train) is the best option, but it may be expensive. Other types of trains (ALVIA, ALTARIA, AVANT…) are cheaper but less frequent.

You may consult train timetables on the RENFE (the Spanish Railway Company) website, in Spanish, English and French:







However, here are some useful facts:

From Málaga to Córdoba (160 kms)

By train (Málaga-Maria Zambrano Station):
·         Duration of the trip: 40 minutes – 1 hour.
·         Price by trip: 24,70€ - 69,40€.

By bus (Málaga Bus Station)
·         Duration of the trip: 2 hours 25 minutes – 3 hours.
·         Price by trip (minimun): 14,90€.
·         Bus company: ALSA.

From Sevilla to Córdoba (160 kms)

By train (Sevilla-Santa Justa):
·         Duration of the trip: 40 minutes – 1 hour.
·         Price by trip: 13,05€ - 31,40€..

By bus (Sevilla-Plaza de Armas Bus Station)
·         Duration of the trip: 1 hours 45 minutes – 2 hours.
·         Price by trip (minimun): 12€.
·         Bus company: ALSA.

From Madrid to Córdoba (420 kms)

By train (Madrid-Puerta de Atocha):
·         Duration of the trip: 1 hour 40 minutes – 2 hours 10 minutes.
·         Price by trip: 54.70€-69.70€

By bus (Madrid Sur Bus Station)
·         Duration of the trip: 4 hours 30 minutes – 5 hours.
·         Price by trip (minimun): 16€.
·         Bus company: SOCIOBUS
·         Website: http://www.socibus.es/html/es




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