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Art Landscape Transformations: Măgura past & present

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Cardiff archaeologists Professor Douglass Bailey and Dr Steve Mills have won £108,000 worth of funding from the European Union’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency Culture Programme (2007-13) to participate in a pan-European project on landscapes, art and heritage: Art-Landscape Transformations project 2007-4230. 

Art-Landscape Transformations

The research aim of the project is to use art to transform a selection of landscapes within Europe, with a particular emphasis on local heritage, for the benefit and welfare of rural communities.  Centred around the Romanian village of Măgura, the Cardiff University Măgura Past & Present project is one of ten partners involved in the project (from Ireland, France, Latvia, Portugal, Sardinia, Spain and the UK). 
Please visit the dedicated Măgura Past & Present website to find out more about the project and its outputs.

Măgura Past & Present

Măgura Past and Present artwork. © 2011 Măgura Past and Present project.

The Măgura Past & Present project is a partnership between the School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University, the Teleorman County Museum, Alexandria and the School of Arts & Crafts, Măgura. The project is directed by D. Bailey and S. Mills (Cardiff University) in partnership with E. Ţânţăreanu and P. Mirea (Teleorman County Museum), and facilitated by the Mayor of Măgura and the staff of the School of Arts & Crafts Măgura. Participants include people from Măgura and a team of archaeologists and artists from Romania, France, Holland, the UK and USA.

Măgura Past and Present artwork. © 2011 Măgura Past and Present project.

Between 2008 and 2011 the project participants conducted a series of artistic and scientific interventions in and around Măgura and in the Teleorman County Museum. The interventions consisted of individual, team, and group actions to observe, document and (re)create the (pre)history and the modern essences of the village. Important in this project is the active role of today’s population in the study and recognition of its own heritage. Drawing on the research of the Cardiff University Southern Romania Archaeological Project including recent excavations at the early Neolithic site of Măgura-Buduiasca and research on the Holocene development of the Teleorman River Valley, the process of transformation of the landscape (natural, human, industrial, historic, cultural) is the central axis of interpretation. These actions form the focus for workshops, exhibitions, conferences and publications aimed at local, national and international audiences.

Please follow the links below to find out more about the project: