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From October 11th to 17th, Norte Shopping, in Porto, receives the exhibition “O Mundo Fantástico do Galo de Barcelos – Storytelling”, in which the Rooster of Barcelos will be highlighted.
The exhibition is composed of twenty-seven pieces, one of which is gigantic and, in addition to displaying and promoting the creativity and quality of local master craftsmen in various productions, the initiative aims to frame Barcelos’ handicraft in different contexts and for other audiences.
The Galo de Barcelos is one of the most recognized national figures and, at the same time, one of the main productions of handicrafts in Barcelos. But this piece is no longer just the clay rooster, allowing itself to various creative expressions, from different areas of crafts and contemporary art. That’s why the traveling exhibition “O Mundo Fantástico do Galo de Barcelos – storytelling” aims to bring together pieces of various dimensions and materials created by artisans from Barcelos from different areas – from clay to wood, passing through iron and its derivatives, or even more contemporary materials like paper pulp – giving them creative freedom and allowing for totally different approaches.
This exhibition portrays Galo de Barcelos, not only as a piece of handicraft, but above all as a differentiating and representative icon of the cultural and creative diversity of our country, as a unique creative in the world to model and reinvent materials and transform them in works of art. For this reason, UNESCO distinguishes the community of Barcelos for its creativity, having awarded it the title of Creative City in 2017.
This action is part of “Cultura no Centro”, the Sonae Sierra project that aims to support national artists and cultural entities.
This is not the first time that Barcelona’s handicraft is highlighted in commercial spaces. From July until September, there was the opportunity to appreciate the handicrafts of Barcelos in Viana do Castelo, Coimbra, Guimarães, and Braga.