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“Erró al Far”—a tribute to an artist remembered for generosity, esteem toward Formentera

ses 10720 erro-flyer-xarxes-1-The culture department of the Consell de Formentera reports that this Friday at 6.00pm, the gallery of the freshly minted cultural and education space housed in la Mola lighthouse will welcome Erró al Far. The 12-piece exhibit of colour lithographs with dates between 2001 and 2012 was culled from the artist’s own bequeathment to the culture office.

Culture councillor Susana Labrador hailed the fact that “at last these works are put on view for the people of Formentera and everyone else to experience”. She called it “a magnificent collection that the artist selflessly donated to Formentera. He loved this island, and now these previously unseen pieces can be displayed in a setting that is absolutely perfect for them”.

Featuring some of the artist’s most emblematic series, the monographic selection connects an array of world-famous historical figures ranging from Che Guevara and Freud to cartoons, femme fatals and warrior queens, depicting the latter as both powerful and sexual icons.

Erró is of the great names in 20th-century art, and we see him here as an individualist, pop and baroque all at once. His art is visual and narrative-driven, critical of society, full of humour and reflects a man of impenetrable moral character. And, for the last sixty-five years, he has produced an incredibly rich body of work that resists categorising, according to exhibit curator Anna Costa.

Erró al Far is Formentera’s tribute to the artist for the generosity and esteem he has shown the island. Born 1932 in Ólafsvík (Iceland), he began his artistic education at the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts, proceeding to the Oslo Academy and the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, where he immersed himself in mosaic art. However, it was his travels to different countries of the east and west that he would find what would become his mother lode of inspiration for the creativity of his installations.

He relocated to Paris in 1958. There, he fell in with the surrealists, joined the French nouvelle figuration artists and took part in the city’s Salon de Mai exhibit from 1960 to 1966. He lives between Paris, Thailand and Formentera, where he landed almost by accident in 1958. Its peace and its people were key to Erró’s opting to set up a home and workshop here, and both were built by architect Henri Quillé in 1970.

It would be during those same years that Erró achieved international success and his work began to appear in private and public displays, museums, centres of art, private foundations and art galleries. He has been granted multiple awards and accolades, such as the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Paris, 1983), the Icelandic Parliament’s Best Artist Award (2000) and Formentera’s own Honorary Native Son prize in 2013.

La Mola lighthouse visiting hours
The exhibit can be visited whenever the far, or lighthouse, is open—Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00am to 2.00pm, plus Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Winter hours—Tuesday to Saturday from 10.0am to 2.00pm—begins 15 October. The exhibit will remain at the lighthouse until December.

General admission is €4.50. Admission is free for Formentera residents, visitors under 18 and the unemployed, and pensioners and students get in for €2.50.

7 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Programme for families and teachers gets started with talk on keys to educating kids

poster-families3The Departments of Social Welfare and Education of the Consell de Formentera report that 10 October will mark the start of Xerrades per a famílies i docents (“Talks for families and teachers”), a series of two-hour lectures set to run through 7 May in the multipurpose room of the Centre de Dia. The social welfare office of the Consell puts on the initiative, with additional help from the education department, the local teachers’ resource centre (CEP) and the Formentera chapter of the Federation of Parents’ Associations (FAPA).

The opening talk, titled “Bencriats: Claus per educar els nostres fills i filles”, will be led by Belén Alvite, the head of the Eivissa Centre for Study and Prevention of Addictive Behaviour (Cepca).

A two-part objective drives the deep-dives: to help families and educational staff sharpen their strengths to stop problematic behaviour like bullying or drug- and alcohol-use before it starts, and to give support to the two groups in their roles as family members and educators.

Social welfare councillor Rafa Ramírez described the gatherings as “spaces of information and learning, where improved educational experiences and strategies to develop the whole child emerge thanks to experience sharing and group reflection”.

Each event in the nine-part series starts at 5.00pm in the Centre de Dia’s sala polivalent (multipurpose room) on 10 October. Daycare will be provided.

Bencriats: Claus per educar els nostres fills i filles (Raised right: Keys to teaching our children)
Belén Alvite
10 October

Nens bons i dolents: El perill de les etiquetes (Good and bad kids: The trouble with labels)
Alberto Soler
14 November

Fortnite…oci o addicció? (Fortnite...recreation or addiction?)
Andreu Alba
28 November

Tic Toc, Instagram, Snapchat…? Coneixeu per on es mouen els vostres fills i filles? (Do you know what your sons and daughters are into on their phones?)
Belén Alvite
12 December

Com parlar de sexualitat amb els nostres fills? (How do we talk about sexuality with our children?)
Teresa Ramos
30 January

A la vora d’un atac de nervis! (On the verge of a nervious breakdown!)
Iván Castro
6 February

Què vol dir menjar bé? (What does ‘healthy eating’ mean?)
Marina Ribas
12 March

Recompenses i càstigs en polèmica (Analysing the carrot and stick)
Estela Berenguer
30 April

Com parlar amb els i les nostres fills i filles adolescents (Talking with our adolescent children)
Carles Ventura
7 May

For more information, contact the social welfare department by telephoning 971.321.271 or sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

4 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell chief sits down with head of Balearic parliament

foto-reunio-presparl-2019-12President Alejandra Ferrer met today at 11.00am with Parlament chairman Vicenç Thomàs in the offices of the Consell de Formentera. Ferrer welcomed the official visit, calling it “a way to bring the parliament and Formentera together” and affirming “that’s important for our local government and it’s important for our people, too”.

The pair discussed an array of subjects at the gathering, including, said Ferrer, “the need to work towards sustainability, a common goal for the four islands and an area where Formentera has made real progress. That’s been thanks in part to last term’s parliamentary passing of legislation on Formentera’s environmental and financial sustainability”.

A priority for the present legislative term will be to push through the so-called “law of the Consells” (llei de Consells), which President Ferrer called “fundamental for the Consell de Formentera, especially given our unique role as combined island council and town hall”.

Ferrer also highlighted the General Committee on the Island Councils (Commissió General de Consells Insulars), created at the close of last legislative term to build cooperation between the island councils and parliament. The president described the ambition as “a key part of advocating for the the special features of each island—especially crucial in our case because we’ve only got one representative at Parlament”.

Ferrer also voiced hopes that a new run of committees be convened to bring islanders in on discussing issues specifically relevant to Formentera. Mr Thomàs confirmed plans within Parlament to continue on the same course as last term and keep finding ways to connect the individual islands with the parliamentary body.

Senator for Formentera

Thomàs also spoke about a draft bill, tabled last term by Gent per Formentera and PSOE, to put to rights the Constitution so it reflects Formentera’s right to its own senator.

“On the parliamentary side of things the work is done”, underscored Thomàs, who said the challenge now lay with Congress, and the three Balearic congressional delegates’ role in ensuring the issue is addressed in Madrid: “In my mind it’s a good thing if we’re frank with ourselves and recognise that the legislation puts Formentera in a position to, at some point in the future, have its own senator”.

4 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

This Monday 7 October, info session on the pine processionary on Formentera

cartell-procesionaria-2019-cop1The Consell de Formentera environment office reports that islanders are encouraged to attend an information session about the pine processionary on Formentera. Scheduled for Monday 7 October at 7.00pm in the Sala d’Actes, the gathering will be led by María Isidora Santiago, head of the healthy forests service of the natural spaces and biodiversity arm of the Balearic government.

The educational event is one part of the response to climbing pine processionary numbers on the island; another—currently due to start this October—includes a two-part aerial dusting of 1,500 hectares of local land, pending proper weather conditions and the caterpillars’ particular stage of development.

4 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera 

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