Already a tradition in SP-Arte’s programme, the Open Ateliers Circuit took place on the Saturday before the Fair, the 30th of March. The novelty of the 15th edition was that ateliers from downtown São Paulo, the exciting neighbourhood where a number of emerging artists have set up their studios, have been included in the itinerary.
Among the spots visited were the Atelier do Centro, a centre for art studies and research created by Rubens Espírito Santo; ateliers in the California Gallery, a building designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Carlos Lemos in the 1950s that currently houses various artist’s studios and design studios; Pivô, an institution that focuses on artistic experimentation and is located in the Copan building.
In Vila Madalena the circuit allowed for a walking tour between four collective spaces: Fonte, Projeto Fidalga, Hermes Artes Visuais and Vão – Espaço Independente de Arte. Another highlight was a talk titled “Open Ateliers: Shared Knowledge”, which takes place at Fonte and will be led by Ivan Pedroni (Vão), Carla Chaim (Hermes), Nino Cais and Marcelo Amorim (both Fonte), Otávio Zani (Fidalga) and professor Valquíria Prates (Unesp).
The free programme brought together the SP-Arte week, the season of cultural events around the city as well as parallel activities that took place inside the Bienal Pavilion during the fair, and was sponsored by Stella Artois.