Four fieldwork grants awarded

Territorio Mudéjar, the network of 37 municipalities promoted by the Council of Zaragoza that works to conserve and promote Mudejar art in the province, has awarded four fieldwork grants for the study, the development of projects and the management of the natural and heritage resources of its member towns.

This is the third call for applications for the stays, which bear the name of Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis as a tribute to the distinguished professor and expert on Mudejar art. Each one of them is endowed with 6,000 euros and will allow the development of responsible, sustainable and innovative research projects with a direct impact on the rural environment, favouring its visibility and knowledge.

The projects selected include projects in fields such as the creation of educational resources for primary and secondary schools, the study of Mudejar geometry in order to have a collection of images, the study of Mudejar culture in the performing arts and the conservation of popular architecture understood from the point of view of urban planning in Mudejar villages.

The aim of these stays is to favour the understanding of the rural territory from its Mudejar identity through innovative views that have a positive impact on the villages and that promote a network of work on the possibilities offered by the resources of the territory and collaborative and interdisciplinary work. In addition, specifically, the aim is to improve the knowledge of the Mudejar as a World Heritage Site and the benefits it brings as an international brand recognised by UNESCO.

The projects one by one:

1- Educational Mudejar. This project sets out the strategic lines of an educational material for primary and secondary school pupils to help them interpret the Mudejar through a combination of illustrations and real images and to learn to value this rich legacy. The resources, the result of the work process, will be available on the Territorio Mudéjar website, will be accessible through all types of devices and will have an attractive, visual and dynamic presentation. The online publication will be complemented with routes based on maps and with games adapted to the students’ level This tool will be available for use both in the classroom context and at home. The project will be developed by the cultural management professional Myriam Monterde, the audiovisual producer and scriptwriter José Manuel Herráiz and the illustrator David Guirao.

2- The Mudejar and Euclidean geometry or plane geometry. This project deals with the plastic study of the Aragonese Mudejar in the area of Territorio Mudéjar and, by extension, in the province of Zaragoza. The project will make it possible to collect and study Mudejar layouts, studying them in depth and with geometric rigour. It will also establish similarities between them or with others outside the working area. In total, around 50 graphic works will be produced, combining diverse technical exercises in brick with raised edges, ties, strapwork and round windows with interior and exterior architectural views. The result is a graphic archive never before developed which allows Territorio Mudéjar to have a collection of Mudéjar images for subsequent publications. The project will be carried out by the illustrator Chema Agustín.

3- Scenic Mudejar. Explores Mudejar art in the stage arts: music, dance and minstrelsy. It seeks to outline strategies in the territory that allow for the promotion of the Mudejar identity of the territory and to strengthen its professional networks through research, creation and artistic dissemination in the field of musical and performative art. It also aims to design actions that will enable the programming of future stage events in the region. The project is based on a concept of heritage that encompasses traditions, customs and other artistic expressions that form part of the collective memory. The project is being developed by the documentation specialist María Amor Borque and the performing arts specialist Serge Dambrine.

4- Preventive urbanism: Guidelines and tools for the protection of traditional architecture in Mudejar towns from the perspective of urban planning. This fieldwork stay proposes an analysis and comparative study of the urban planning regulations governing architectural interventions in various towns of Territorio Mudéjar, providing an overview of the degree of protection of traditional architecture derived from planning, identifying areas for improvement and proposing a framework document that can be used by both private promoters and municipal technicians to improve the compatibility of interventions in traditional constructions. This project continues the research on vernacular architecture initiated in the previous stays and will be developed by architect Laura Villacampa with the advice of lawyer Ignacio Pérez Bailón and architect Javier Gómez Patrocinio.