The swift demographic and economic development of Amposta took off early in the 20th century thanks to the huge expansion in rice cultivation of the Ebro Delta. A few decades later, by the 1950s, the Catalan art scene was in full expansion. Far from the capital city Barcelona, this was also reflected here in the south where the art scene was based on different resources and traditions but shared the same concerns. In 1956, Amposta council sponsored the start-up of the Concurs Nacional d’Arts Plàstiques Ciutat d’Amposta (Amposta National Arts Competition), and acquired and museumised the winning works. This competition had its origins in a local contest, organised by the Casino Cultural under the direction of the sculptor Soriano Montagut. Encompassing drawing, painting, watercolours, print-making, pottery and sculpture, it was held annually from 1956 to 1987. It was located in the Casino until 1973, and in the Amposta sixth form college from 1974 to 1986 before finally moving to the Montsià Museum (the former name of the now Terres de l’Ebre Museum).
In 1989 the first Biennale d’Art Ciutat d’Amposta was organised by the local council with the collaboration of the Montsià Museum and the ESARDI School of Art. The aims of this exhibition include giving strong support to creativity and young artists. It also endeavours to offer the town and local area a high quality art event while at the same time reaching further afield and achieving a nation-wide projection. Eleven editions have been held so far and it has become a major cultural event for current artistic trends.
In 2003 Amposta organised the conference “L’art en situació de futur” (Art in a future status) coordinated by the artist Carlos Guerra and the director of the Montsià Museum, Alex Farnós. This conference was the starting point for the art centre project, Lo Pati, which started to programme art exhibitions from then onwards. Under the name Espai d’Arts Visuals d’Amposta (EAV), the first events were held in exhibition halls in the museum. The conclusions of the conference stated, "The aim of this art centre is to assess new ways in which contemporary art forms part of local environments. At a time when contemporary art is increasingly synonymous with a brand of globalization, it is necessary to study it from a local viewpoint and consider in what way art is integrated into specific economies and environments. The idea is not to make up for lost time by emulating public formation processes which the large institutions of the country have already carried out, but by planning strategies for the future linking cultural values with the values of the environment."
It was also in 2003 when J.M. Roig, the local mayor at that time, gave the go ahead for work to start on creating a permanent site for art in Amposta. From then until October 2010, the EAV established itself as an extremely active focus point, producing about forty exhibitions and other promotional activities of contemporary art. Strobe, the Festival of Video and Digital Art, first saw the light in this context in 2005. This event has managed to go beyond its local framework with an international projection and by achieving the collaboration of organizations such as the Hangar art centre.
Thanks to an agreement between the town of Amposta and the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan government), the Lo Pati centre was built between 2007 and 2010. It is located in a 1,450m2 courtyard beside the Terres de l’Ebre Musuem which belongs to Amposta council. Over half the area was left as a free open space, to be used as a public square. The town’s investment for the construction of the centre came to €1,075,639.41. Catalan Minister for Culture, J.M. Tresserras, and the mayor M. Ferré opened the Centre d’Art de les Terres de l’Ebre, Lo Pati, on the 30th October 2010. On the 14th December it was recognised officially by the Catalan Parliament and became part of the Xarxa de Centres d’Arts Visuals de Catalunya (the Catalan Visual Arts Centres’ Network).
Centre d'Art - Terres de l'Ebre
C/ Gran Capità, 38-40
Tel. 977 709 400
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