Councillor Cynthia García at the CAC in Vélez-Málaga / SUR

CAC Vélez-Málaga registers more visits this year than before the pandemic

So far this year 5,577 people have visited the cultural space, compared to 5,480 in 2019

Eugenio Cabezas
EUGENIO CABEZAS

The Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC) 'Francisco Hernández' in Vélez-Málaga, which opened in September 2013, has received so far this year, from January to August, a total of 5,577 local visitors, compared to the 5,480 it received during 2019, prior to the pandemic.

The councillor for Culture, Cynthia García, recalled some of the exhibitions that have been held at the CAC, including Paco Negre’s photograph exhibition, with snapshots of Malaga's most famous poets; the Photographic Society of Malaga (SFM), which on the occasion of its 10th anniversary shared the best works of its members with 45 works by 38 authors; the abstract art 'Flashes of memory' by Sebastian Ruiz Rivas, pop art by Vélez artist Samuel de Sagas, and the 'Karmaguen' exhibition of Tibetan Buddhist art.

García also referred to the jazz concerts which are regularly held at the gallery, "which have been very well received".

The councillor also highlighted current exhibitions on at the CAC, including 'Cauce del Soñar', whose 26 works on display are a posthumous donation made in 2018 by Pedro Calvente Rivero to the María Zambrano Foundation. The works include internationally renowned artists such as Miró, Pablo Gargallo and Xavier Valls.

An exhibition by the Axarquía sculptor Jaime Pimentel is also on until this Sunday, 18 September.

Opportunity for new artists

The town hall has launched a new initiative at the CAC, called '21 days in the CAC', in which new artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in this cultural space in an exhibition to be held in November. The aim of this project is to give visibility to new artists through a collective exhibition in which they will be able to participate with one of their works on any theme.

Judges will evaluate the works submitted and select the ones to be exhibited, with priority being given to originality, innovation and the technique used in the works, according to a press release from the town hall. The categories included in the rules are painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, comic, graphic design, video art and installation.

The registration period to take part in this initiative is open until 15 October and new artists interested in participating should do so by sending an email to cac@velezmalaga.es. All the information on '21 days at the CAC', as well as the rules of participation, can be consulted in the section 'Calendar of activities' on the main page of the town hall website www.velezmalaga.es.