Save the International Ceramics Studio
The International Ceramics Studio is one of Europe's longest running ceramic centers and one of the world's most famous.
THIS WORLD FAMOUS CENTER IS UNDER THREAT
During its 35 years it has established itself as a centre of excellence for ceramic art internationally and welcomes artists from all over the world. It has always been at the forefront of ceramics education, supporting and nurturing a younger generation of artists.
It has welcomed both Hungarian and international artists to work there with its popular artist in residence scheme, university study abroad program, mastercourses and symposia. An important international collection has been created by artists who donated their works to found this collection.
The International Ceramics Studio has always needed financial support of government and councils but in recent years it has been increasing its income through the artist residencies, group visits and courses it has been organising.
Due to state re-organization and financial changes, the Council of Bacs-Kiskun have decided to remove both the artistic and financial independence of the studio by amalgamating two financially unsound organizations into the studio. A new director for these three organizations, a former director of one of the financially unstable organizations and also not a ceramist, has already been appointed.
One of the first decisions of the new directorate is sell the works in the collection to raise funds for this new merger. These works are a documentation of the studio’s history and should not be sold off like the family’s silver. These works were donated to the collection by artists from all over the world to make this collection. They were not donated to be sold for profit for the public purse.
PLEASE HELP AND SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL CERAMICS STUDIO TO OVERTURN THESE POLITICAL DECISIONS.
The powers that be have absolutely no idea of how much the studio means to the world of ceramics. How important the studio has been to the growth of ceramics in Hungary. How important the studio has been to the education and nurturing of young ceramic artists. Please let your views be known to show them how important the International Ceramics Studio is to the future of ceramics in Hungary and internationally.
PLEASE PROTEST AGAINST THESE DECISIONS . . . . by signing the petition you agree to the following
1. That the International Ceramics Studio should remain an artistically and financially independent organization.
2. That joining these financially unsound organizations to the studio can only be detrimental to the future working of the International Ceramics Studio.
3. That the Contemporary Ceramic Collection of the International Ceramics Studio should not be sold - but remain as an collection of international importance.
YOUR ACTIONS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE . . . .
- Please sign this petition.
- Please also visit the Facebook page and "Like" to spread the word.
- Please notify as many of your colleagues to this campaign.
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