Mosaic – Conímbriga and Sicó

The “Mosaic- Conímbriga and Sicó” Project is a Creative Tourism project based on the valuable   Roman Mosaic Heritage present in the geographical axis constituted by the Ruins of the Roman city of Conímbriga, the Roman Villa of Rabaçal and the Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda, adding three municipalities – Condeixa-a-Nova, Penela and Ansião.

Comprised of a multidisciplinary scientific team with recognized merits and being headquartered in the “Monographic Museum of Conímbriga – National Museum” – an important center for archaeological research, conservation and restoration of Roman Mosaic – this project promotes cultural and creative activities within the museums, interpretative centers and archaeological sites included in its program of action.  The visitors are invited to be involved in alternative experiences of sharing knowledge about the Roman Mosaic Heritage and affirming this as an expression of creativity brought into the present and reinterpretate it now and in the future.

The Roman Mosaic Heritage present in the territory is revealed as an important artistic and cultural testimony of different moments of Romanization – rich in materials, techniques, decorative motifs, images and narratives – all inserted in a Cultural Landscape to be discovered.

Composition Themes of the Roman Mosaic

The specific guided tours will allow the observation of the multiple composition themes present in the Roman Heritage mosaics of the geographical axis involved in the program. From these, the various thematic workshops will be spaces of study and practice of Mosaic Composition, developed in several possible and adequate study lines in order to have a better knowledge of Mosaic Art and the creative processes it involves.

The various thematic workshops – of visual study and imagery recreation through two-dimensional language (graphic and digital) – will take place in each of the several sites of the network of Interpretative Centers and Archaeological Sites.

Material recreation of themes of the Roman Mosaic

Based on specific guided tours dedicated to study topics appropriate to the programmed activities, thematic workshops will allow direct contact with the Mosaic Art of the periods observed in the various archaeological sites covered by the project – with their own materials, techniques and processes of the creation of Mosaic in the various periods of Romanization present.

The various thematic workshops will be moments of creation and technical execution of Mosaic (in appropriate dimensions with the program), in dialogue with the observed Roman Mosaics and allowing the creative involvement of the various participants in the processes of appropriation of the studied Heritage.

Digital recreation of themes from the Roman Mosaic

Scheduled guided tours will allow visitors the exceptional observation of Roman Mosaics maintained in preventative conservation programs and to have access to unusual relevant information and content. By benefiting from the “in situ” interpretation conducted by responsible archaeologists and mosaic restorers, participants will have the opportunity to share heritage expertise and apply digital documentation (2D) processes as a practice of visual documentation related to the heritage.

Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate in the co-creation of digital databases (images and contents) on Heritage, previously observed during the workshops, as well as in the post-visit period.

Heritage Studies and Mosaic Creation (Integrated Summer Program)

The Integrated Program (weekly or biweekly) proposes a series of guided visits to the various Archaeological Sites of the network associated with the project, conducted by specialists in the various topics covered. From the “in situ” observation and the complementary studies developed in theoretical Seminars – related to Mosaic Art in different periods – the practical Mosaic workshops will allow each participant to creatively engage with the Mosaic “language” while Art, experiencing its materials, techniques and expressive resources.

The program is aimed at specific audiences and those interested in cultural heritage.

Conservation and Restoration of the Roman Mosaic (observation and intervention “in situ”)

The Monographic Museum of Conímbriga – National Museum is an important center of study, research and conservation and restoration of the Roman Mosaic. It is therefore a unique opportunity for all visitors interested in heritage preservation to be able to observe Mosaic’s specialized preservation and restoration practices in situ, becoming familiar with the concepts and good practices in the specific field in question.

The program of activities will allow visitors to become involved in preventive conservation programs, supported by experts and in previously designed interventions.

The program assumes cross-cutting approaches to relevant study themes and is dedicated to specific audiences.

Mosaic – Transversal educational approaches

The program of transversal educational approaches related to the Heritage in question expresses the confluence of various disciplinary knowledge in the interpretation made possible by the material and formal universe of the Roman Mosaic.

The program foresees study directions and diverse cross-cutting approaches – from Geology to Computational Programming.

The content and activity program is aimed at school audiences, at various levels, as well as at other specific audiences.

Artistic Residence

The Monumental Complex of Santiago da Guarda, given the appropriate characteristics of its functional spaces and benefiting from the important Roman Mosaic Heritage present, welcomes the program of artistic residences of the project

The Artistic Residency Program presents several guidelines, depending on the fields of research, goals and articulation strategies with other initiatives of the project.

Artistic Residencies can be held throughout the calendar year and at any time, as they depend fundamentally on a specific program of activity.

The beneficiaries will be selected by invitation or by open tender made public.

Mosaic Festival

The Mosaic Festival program will be held during the summer months in order to welcome numerous visitors and promote the study and creative involvement of all interested parties. It will take place in the spaces of the Museums, the Interpretative Centers and the Archaeological Sites that form part of the “Mosaic – Conímbriga and Sicó” project network.

In addition to displays of contemporary mosaic as art, the Mosaic Festival program also includes thematic seminars and series of workshops, aimed at different audiences and dedicated to various pertinent themes in the areas of study of Mosaic as Heritage and as a timeless artistic expression.