International conference: culture, territory and heritage

Territorio Mudéjar has participated in the international conference on Culture, Territory and Politics organised by the research group Observatorio Aragonés de Arte en la Esfera Pública and the City Council of Graus. It also has the support of the Institute of Heritage and Humanities and the Vice-rectorate of Academic Policy of the University of Zaragoza. In this meeting, held online, national and international speakers analysed the role of institutions in heritage management, the reality of heritage in rural areas and its implication in the landscape and the territory. They also reflected on the different ways in which we interact with heritage: from destruction to rehabilitation and its use as a revitalising resource. Territorio Mudéjar took part in this discussion forum of interest to researchers, managers, teachers and students of disciplines related to heritage management. We spoke on the subject of “Heritage in rural areas: uses, proposals, possibilities and realities”. Specifically, the director of Territorio Mudéjar, Victoria Trasobares, spoke about the management of UNESCO World Heritage in rural areas and detailed how the Territorio Mudéjar network works to build a new model from the local reality. The presentation focused on research and on projects linked to UNESCO World Heritage, the cultural and historical-artistic heritage management and territorial development strategies based on culture. What a pleasure to share good practices with heritage professionals!

Key bibliography for understanding Mudejarism in Aragon

Territorio Mudéjar has launched this April, on the occasion of the Book Day, an initiative to deepen the learning of Mudejar culture through a compilation of bibliography on Mudejarism. Over the coming months, Territorio Mudéjar will publish a weekly bibliographical recommendation on the social networks that will serve as a tool for learning, research and dissemination. The list will also be updated on this website.

The first issue was “Arte mudéjar aragonés” (Aragonese Mudejar art) by José Galiay Sarañana, published in 2002 by the Institución Fernando el Católico. This work is a facsimile reproduction of Galiay’s 1950 edition and is edited by Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis and Ricardo Centellas Salamero, who also wrote the prefaces to it.

In the first pages, Centellas writes about the Arabised Spaniards, Mudejars of the 20th century, and deals with the figure of José Galiay “between regenerationism and academic erudition”. For his part, Borrás provides a context for Mudejar historiography, both Spanish and Aragonese, so that the scholar has some elements of judgement to evaluate the book.

In Galiay’s facsimile we find details on the Christian Reconquest; the characteristics of Mudejar art; the particularities of the Aragonese branch; names of artists and dates of Mudejar works; architectural classification; ceramics as a decorative element; interior decoration of monuments; Mudejar wood; Mudejar art in bookbinding.

Facsimile reproduction of the book available here.

The second key work chosen to understand Mudejarism in our region was “El arte mudéjar aragonés” (Aragonese Mudejar art) by Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis. Published by Guara Editorial and with drawings by Vicente González Hernández. This is an interpretative essay on Aragonese Mudejar art that includes in its essential lines the contribution of previous research, in some cases fundamental, such as that of Leopoldo Torres Balbás, Francisco Iñiguez Almech and Fernando Chueca Goitia, for example, as well as that of José Galiay. Moreover, it constantly points out aspects to be explored, seeking to serve as a spur and stimulus for new and long-awaited studies.

The book begins with a chapter on the Aragonese Mudejar in the context of the Hispanic Mudejar, continues with an analysis of Mudejar art and society (population, social status, master builders…), continues with an artistic characterisation of the Mudejar and deals with other topics such as religious Mudejar architecture, bell towers and Mudejar carpentry.

The book is available here.

Rural school in motion: evaluation and proposal session

This week, the team and groups that make up the project “Rural school in motion” met in order to evaluate the results of the training course for rural school teachers that finished on March 22nd. The initiative has been a success in terms of participation and has allowed us to collect proposals for strategic lines to introduce the Mudejar heritage identity in schools beyond the artistic subjects.

This initiative has been made possible thanks to the teachers who have participated in this project and to the general directorate of education of the Government of Aragon through the Teacher Training programmes.The Government of Aragon,

which has given us support for the first action of the project at the Centro de Profesorado María de Ávila with the magnificent coordination of Minerva Salanova Muñoz.

We are still working to develop more actions within this initiative, which we will be detailing, among them: conferences for families and local agents and group visits.

“Rural school in motion” is a cooperation project between rural development groups coordinated by the ADRI Calatayud-Aranda group, together with Cedemar, Adefo Cinco Villas, Asomo Moncayo, Adrae Comarca Alta del Ebro, Fedivalca y Adri Jiloca Gallocanta, and financed by the Government of Aragon through the Leader programme and the Provincial Council of Zaragoza through the Territorio Mudéjar association, as a private collaborating entity that manages the implementation and execution of the initiative.

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Third MOMAr meeting: exchange of international good practices

The pedagogical nature and the use of new technologies in the field of heritage management were the focus of the third interregional meeting of the European project MOMAr (IEEE3 From theory to practice.Experimental Models of Management Tested) in which we have participated this week as an attending “stakeholder”.

This event has allowed us to learn and be inspired by the initiatives that are being carried out in the field of Management of Singular Rural Heritage in all the countries participating in the project. This meeting has also allowed the use of cultural and natural spaces for the direct benefit and enjoyment of the population.

Thus, the Daroca Town Hall announced the International Early Music Festival, which, with almost half a century of history, has become a world reference. Both training courses and concerts are attended every year by hundreds of professionals and lovers of early music from all over the world. It is a meeting that brings together the immense local architectural and historical heritage with international art and culture. The festival’s director, Javier Artigas, took the opportunity to confirm that this year’s edition will take place from 3 to 10 August. The broadcast of this experience was made from the church of San Miguel.

Nearly 50 teachers participate in the course “Rural school in motion” (Circular desde la escuela rural) to promote Mudejar identity and rural rootedness

Nearly 50 teachers participate in the course “Rural school in motion” (Circular desde la escuela rural) to promote Mudejar identity and rural rootedness. Most of those enrolled are active teachers in rural schools in some 20 towns.

This is the first training action of a cooperation project between rural development groups coordinated by the ADRI Calatayud-Aranda; CEDEMAR Ribera Baja del Ebro and Bajo Aragón-Caspe; ADEFO Cinco Villas; ASOMO Moncayo; ADRAE Ribera Alta del Ebro; FEDIVALCA Valdejalón and Campo de Cariñena; and ADRI Jiloca-Gallocanta, with the participation of Territorio Mudéjar as a collaborating private entity responsible for the implementation of the project.

The project, which lasts 18 months, is financed by the Leader programme of the Government of Aragon and the Council of Zaragoza through the association Territorio Mudéjar.

The first session of this course – which links education, heritage and innovation – was held on 15 February and will continue on 22 February and 1, 8 and 15 March. In these sessions, participants will learn how to take the first steps in the development of educational materials around the Mudejar identity of the villages, placing the rural schools and the educational community of the villages at the centre of the project.

The initiative has received a good response from the public and includes teachers from towns of Territorio Mudéjar such as Quinto (CEIP Fernando el Católico) Calatayud (CEIP Salvador Minguijón), Ateca (CEIP Virgen de la Peana), Villarreal de Huerva and Romanos (CRA Fernando el Católico), Mainar (CEIP Santa Ana), Ricla (CRA Maestro Monreal); Aniñón, Cervera de la Cañada and Torralba de Ribota (CRA Río Ribota), Magallón (CRA La Huecha), San Mateo de Gállego (CEIP Galo Ponte), Alagón, Tobed and Mesones de Isuela (CRA Vicort Isuela). It has also been very well received throughout Aragon with teachers from the schools of Utrillas, Escucha, Híjar, Zaidín, Villarroya de la Sierra and Zaragoza. People linked to education who are interested in the project have also signed up.

At a global level, this initiative has a triple purpose: to work on the introduction of the Mudejar heritage identity in the work programmes of schools beyond the artistic or complementary areas; to involve the educational community in the valuation of the Mudejar heritage as part of their personal history, which favours the knowledge, conservation and dissemination of the identity of the towns; and to use the work carried out in schools as material for dissemination and tourist use on the Mudejar heritage of the villages for family and children audiences.

The starting point for this course is the working methodology and the results of the pilot project that was carried out in the CRA Vicort Isuela during the 2018-2019 academic year and which is the starting point for the implementation of the project in the schools of the villages of Territorio Mudéjar.

The course will be taught by Laura Castejón and Víctor Gumiel, teachers who carried out the design and testing of the pilot project, and Victoria E. Trasobares, director of Territorio Mudéjar who has extensive experience in the management and implementation of Mudéjar heritage management projects in rural areas.

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Second MOMAr meeting: Territorio Mudéjar as a hub for rural innovation

Territorio Mudéjar has participated this Thursday in the second meeting of the European project MOMAr, a pioneering meeting with entities of the province linked to cultural heritage.

The event, with the aim of being a meeting point and a space to create new synergies within the sector, was held in an on-line format open to the public, with the participation of more than 50 professionals linked to heritage management and a streaming audience of more than 200 interested people.

In the session, we explained how we work to be a hub of rural innovation and follow strategies of:

  • Research: with stays and professional internships in rural areas.
  • Communication, dissemination and knowledge: with the inhabitants as protagonists, working to attract national and international entities to the territory, taking advantage of the World Heritage brand; and working carefully with the media.
  • Investment and future projects: Working with specialised teams in calls for funding and building virtual workspaces to strengthen collaboration strategies.

In addition, we have explained our role based on:

  • Use the heritage space from a disruptive point of view and directly linked to the local development of the communities.
  • The strengthening of historical-artistic heritage management thinking as a strategy, which affects multiple actions, and cultural management as a tool.
  • Attraction of professionals to the rural environment on a permanent basis, facilitating its implementation.
  • The evidence that the only way to have more significant results is through the strengthening of networking and the acquisition of roles within the network.
  • The need to exchange good practices without losing sight of the fact that it is not enough to replicate but to think about how it works in your territory and the assets on which your management is based.

And we talked about our commitment to professionalization understood as quality, projects and results.

Territorio Mudéjar, a breeding ground for new professionals in the management of historical-artistic heritage

At Territorio Mudéjar we make the most of our resources to generate professional fields of excellence, in which each area we develop is specialised and works to find solutions of innovative use for the “heritage space” as a space for professional development and learning.

These days we are finalising the different actions that are part of the practical study for the definition of a specialised professional profile for cultural heritage located in rural territories and that in our case coincides with the work that we actively carry out with the localities that hold the UNESCO World Heritage declaration.

This project, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Sport through its 2019 call of grants for projects for the conservation, protection and dissemination of World Heritage Sites, as well as by the Council of Zaragoza through its direct aid to Territorio Mudéjar, aims to make our entity a benchmark in terms of the quality applied to the development of projects linked to management and accessibility strategies, understanding that the quality and achievement of objectives of our projects must begin by strengthening the skills and abilities of the people who work on them on a daily basis.

In this line, we have developed different actions throughout the year 2020 through which we are working on the creation of synergies with entities of recognised prestige in our territory such as the Tarazona Monumental Foundation, the Santa Mª de Albarracín Foundation, the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago or the Sobrarbe-Pyrenees Geopark, among others.

In addition, we are in continuous contact with national and international entities that work to ensure that professionalization is the key to the future of our heritage as an economic agent and from different points of view, such as Icomos España or Aproha.

The richest and most stimulating actions are found in the incorporation of students, recent graduates and emerging professionals in the different projects that we carry out through the University of Zaragoza, for the Challenge Programme, for entities such as Cepyme that train for professionalization, or through the introduction of students in training period for the development of their Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree Final Project.

For this reason, students of Art History, History and other humanistic fields are training in Territorio Mudéjar to be able to build a learning process that takes into account the contexts: Mudejar art, Aragonese art and the general context, because no art is free of influences.

As an example of some of the initiatives we are working on:

-We have been in San Mateo de Gállego making a technical visit so that Sarai Salvo -student of the #ChallengeProgramme2020- gets to know the town and can start working on her Master’s Degree Final Project on the parish museum of San Mateo de Gállego, using the knowledge learned in the creation of focal points of heritage and cultural action for the town.During the visit we also visited the Mudejar pottery workshop Siglo XXI of Fernando Malo, a ceramics workshop specialising in the reproduction of Mudejar tiles for restorations, which will form an active part of our student’s project.

-We have also done technical visits to Magallón (town council) and Tarazona (Tarazona Monumental Foundation) with Derry Holgado and Alfredo Notivol, as part of the internships they are doing through the programme for recent graduates in the first case and through CEPYME in the second.

-With Derry Holgado we visited the Tarazona Monumental Foundation, the Santa María de Albarracín Foundation, the UNESCO Sobrarbe-Pyrenees World Geopark and the church of San Pablo in Zaragoza, one of the buildings declared UNESCO Mudejar World Heritage.

-Eugenia Gallego, another of our students, is working on her Final Master’s Degree Project on the management plan for towers in Villarreal de Huerva, Mainar and Romanos.

-María Foradada is studying different options within Territorio Mudéjar that allow her to develop her Bachelor’s Degree Final Project and finish her degree studies with a clear focus on Mudejar heritage and its practical application in rural areas.

With this project we contribute to training professionals with specific skills through the real application of the contents of the training programmes, who know how to detect what is essential in order for a project to be carried out and have a chance of success.

Likewise, with this work we are making progress in the project to define a professional profile for the management of historical-artistic heritage located in rural areas, financed by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and by the Council of Zaragoza through its direct aid to our organisation.