European Centre for Heritage Crafts and Professions
FONDAZIONE VILLA FABRIS Centro Europeo per i Mestieri del Patrimonio Centre Europeen pour les Metiers du Patrimoine European Centre for Heritage Crafts and ProfessionsEuropäisches Zentrum für die Berufe in der Denkmalpflege
Established in 1976 on the initiative of the Council of Europe, the aim of theEuropean Centre is to promote the knowledge of old crafts and the preservation of architectural heritage.
In 2007 the Centre moved to Villa Fabris in Thiene, in the province of Vicenza, an XVIII century villa surrounded by a large park. In 2008 the Fondazione Villa Fabris took over the managing of the Centre.
The charm of Venice helped to draw participantsfrom all over the world.
Vicenza as well is rich in artistic heritage, thanks to the works of Andrea Palladio.Heres a glimpse of the Teatro Olimpico.
And the province of Vicenza is no exception: here is the floor of the stables of the Castle PortoColleoni in Thiene, the city where the Center moved in 2007.
Villa Fabris is part of an XVIII century architectonic complex in the very centre of Thiene.
Here is the great hall at the first floor …… with a pleasant view on the green park.
The hall at the ground floor givesdirect access to the courtyard and the park. In the workshops there are a show-room and 6 working sites equipped with high technology tools and devices.
Fondazione Villa FabrisFounders:Association of Craftsmen of the Province of Vicenza Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts of Vicenza Ce.s.ar (Centre for the development of Crafts) City of Schio City of Thiene
Activities• Intensive courses and Workshops for more than 50 techniques• Specilization courses in the conservation of architectural heritage• Counseling and collaboration in the field of conservation• Experience in working sites and companies• Services
Christopher Greyson, General secretary of the Culture Committee of the Council of Europe.In 2008 Baroness Hooper and Christopher Greyson from the Council of Europe have honored the Centerof their visit, and subsequently presented the Recommendation n. 1851 in which the ParliamentaryAssembly of the Council of Europe recognizes the crucial role played by the Center in Heritageconservation.
Baroness GloriaHooper, President ofthe CultureCommittee of theCouncil of Europe.
Intensive courses focus on improving the mastery of traditional crafts and modern know-howThe aim is on one hand to trasmit to new generations the know-how and,on the other hand, tointroduce new technologies into the practice site.
The courses are essentially practical and are run by specialists with proven professionalism. Classes are held in one of the four languages of the Centre: Italian, French, English and German. Attendanceis obligatory for at least 80% and at the end of the course a certificate of attendance is issued.
A good knowledge of the basic working techniques of a craft or an experience inmanual work are necessary to be admitted to the courses.
Courses concern thematerials composing architectural heritastone, wood, plaster a stucco, painting a me
One of the strengths ofCenter remains thethree-month course onthe conservation ofarchitectural heritage.The course is supportedby a system ofinternationalscholarships and takesplace once a year.The theoretical lecturesare interdisciplinary,while the practicalexercises are held in theworkshops close to theCenter or in school-sitesdepending on the areaof specialization.Excursions and guidedtours to Venice,Florence, Treviso,Vicenza and Bassanoare also included.
Training is oriented towards the understanding of theconcepts of conservation as internationally conceived and their application in specific areas. Teaching focuses on thecomparison and selection of the different techniques of intervention for integration andreplacements, treatment, supports and any use of appropriate materials.
Since 2010, theCenter offers itsparticipants theopportunity to stayin a guesthousewith kitchen andprivate parking,just at a fewminutes’ walk.