La ConserveraAvenida de Lorquí 30562 Ceutí ES
Since May 2009 the Region of Murcia has a new space dedicated to contemporary art: La Conservera, located in Ceutí, 20 minutes from the centre of the regional capital. This new contemporary art centre operates under the auspices of the Department of Visual Arts of the Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
La Conservera, which takes its name from the former use of the building as a canned food factory, has undergone a major refurbishment project led by the architect Fernando de Retes, who devised a dynamic, flexible design providing capacity for four impressively large exhibition rooms. The galleries are all different, each with its own character, and together they provide a total of 4,800 m2 of exhibition space.
The centre’s activities consist of successive series of four exhibitions, shown simultaneously. These programmes of temporary exhibitions focus on artists from different generations. They include both Spanish and foreign artists.
All these exhibitions are produced by La Conservera itself. This distinguishes it from other exhibition spaces, as it concentrates exclusively on producing specific projects for its own spaces.
Each series of parallel exhibitions normally comprises four artists who share common concerns, to ensure a continuous, logical gallery tour. This makes it possible to analyse the same concepts from different standpoints. Likewise, no specific art medium, whether it be painting, sculpture, photography or any other, is given priority. On the contrary, constant questioning of disciplines is encouraged.La Conservera also has its own series of publications, having produced more than twenty catalogues of its exhibitions to date.
La Conservera is the linchpin that sets the guidelines and determines the management of the other cultural spaces administered by the Department of Visual Arts of Murcia’s Regional Ministry of Culture. The former Veronicas Church Gallery, placed in downtown Murcia, is since February 2001 La Conservera’s fifth space.
Inactive since 2016