Overseen by IE Campus Life, the collection features work by four student clubs: Music, Dance, Photography and Art. Painting, drawing, photography, music and dance have infused every corner of the Creativity Center’s main exhibition hall at IE University, located in the Real Casa de la Moneda in Segovia.
Entitled “Cycles,” this new exhibition sheds light on the creative universe devised by our undergraduate students, as well as their optimistic and hopeful vision for a better future. The collection gathers together students’ work from the last year. Marked by the pandemic and its deep emotional impact, the work can be seen until September.
Sketches, freehand drawings, oil portraits, sculptures, photographs of beautiful landscapes and images of penetrating stares are some of the creations that make up this stirring artistic amalgam. Together, the collection invites you to reflect on all that you have experienced and count the scars left by the pandemic. Above all, the students transmit a clear message of optimism in the face of what is to come.
The exhibition brings together the work of four student clubs at IE University: Music, Dance, Photography, and Art, under the guidance of IE Campus Life. “Creativity is always present because it has the ability to shine a light on solutions when everything seems lost. Students wanted to face the challenges of the pandemic with a positive outlook. The exhibition represents a sensory map of their day-to-day lives,” says Juan Carlos Redondo, Director of the Creativity Center in Segovia.
The pieces are the fruit of workshops led by local artists during the course of the academic year and held at the Creativity Center. The exhibition features drawings, paintings, and sculptures crafted during the art and philosophy classes held by Alberto Fernández Hurtado, one of the most in-vogue Segovian artists today.
When it comes to photography, “Cycles” displays a collection of snapshots taken by IE Photo Club members under the watch of experienced Segovian photographers like Kiko Misis and Diego de Miguel. A video and various images also record the work of students with dance teacher Laura Segovia and musician Juan Antonio Xas at festivals like Segojazz. “These workshops are led by Segovians, demonstrating IE University’s commitment to further strengthening our bonds with the city and local creators,” explains Redondo.
The exhibition is the result of many hours of reflection and experimentation with different artistic techniques. The works bring to life the ideas buzzing around in students’ creative minds and, in short, are a reflection of their lived experiences during the health crisis and hopes for the future.
To widen their knowledge, the students understood that it was important to look for inspiration in already established professional artistic projects. To this end, they visited the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, the Segovian studio of Madrid-born artist Patricia Azcárate, and the workshop of Vetraria Muñoz de Pablos—the Segovian company dedicated to restoring stained glass windows. The Photography Club held various workshops on technique and lighting as well as photography competitions and trips to different sites of natural beauty in Segovia, where students looked for new inspiration and improved their camera technique.
“This exhibition is a journey through the artistic production of a diverse group of university students that we hope will move the audience. The presence of art has become fundamental to institutions like IE University in light of the importance of humanities, art and creativity in educating more sensitive and inclusive humans,” highlights Redondo. “Cycles” is free to visitors until September and in full accordance with health and safety restrictions. The exhibition can be visited on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays between noon and 8:30 p.m.
THE CREATIVITY CENTER
Under the guidance of IE Campus Life, IE University’s Creativity Center aims to establish a dialogue between IE University and the city through art and creativity. What’s more, the center has created an innovative ecosystem where young university students can share their ideas, interests and innovative talent. Throughout its four-year history, the center has welcomed leading professionals from various artistic and entrepreneurial fields to present master classes, host workshops and showcase their latest work. Additionally, the Creativity Center is an active participant in the city’s cultural life, collaborating with festivals such as the Hay Festival, MUCES, Women Transforming the World, Winter Indie City and the Diverse Music Festival.
In short, it is the ideal place for any activity, and its doors are open to the entire Segovian community. “It is a public, bilingual and safe space,” says Redondo, noting that, “IE University has made a significant investment in all of its spaces to guarantee their safety and ensure visitors can socially distance at all events.” With this new organization, the University is also setting a limit on the capacity for each room to be sure that it complies with current legislation. The Creativity Center offers university students and young people in Segovia a unique combination of alternative academic and leisure activities that are completely safe and respectful of anti-viral measures.