La Curtiembre Gallery, owned by Persa Víctor Manuel, was the space that hosted the first Chilean Pottery Encounter, which brought together collectors who are part of the merchant tradition of the Franklin neighborhood. Until this exhibition, which was the inauguration of the Month of Design organized by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and the Local Foundation, the Undersecretary of Culture and Arts, Andrea Gutiérrez, who reflected together with the potters on the cultural and heritage content linked to the most deeply rooted ceramic traditions of Chilean homes.
“Today we are inaugurating Design Month, which is an example of the reactivation of the cultural sector. Cultural entrepreneurs in the creative sector are a priority for us, and we are interested in those who have these projects, who carry out the fairs, having support, an economic injection and dissemination of the actions they carry out. We hope that what we are doing this year can continue next year thanks to our approved budget, which has increased for the first time after eight years”, explains the Undersecretary for Culture and the Arts, Andrea Gutiérrez.
Design Month is a cultural agenda that is part of World Design Week, an association that integrates the most relevant design events in the world. It is also a collective festival that celebrates and exhibits contemporary design through fairs, workshops, talks, launches and other events throughout Chile. It promotes creativity and innovation through the exhibition of content from the various disciplines, sub-areas and intersections of Design, showing society new ideas, explorations and projects that contribute to the common good. It is also a festival that encourages the participation of young designers through programs that allow the work of new generations to be valued.
“Design is communication and in some way we all approach it through trades. What Design Month does is generate a platform that includes all these possible manifestations, with associativity as the main idea”, says Joaquín Bejares, from the Local Foundation.
This year’s agenda, which includes more than 80 activities, is made up of academic events, aimed at design students and designers; and macro and satellite events, aimed at all citizens.
Check all the activities available here.