11 May 2017

Institute of Art Studies wins EU funding as a key project partner

In early May, Connecting Europe Facility 2014-2020 CEF-TC-2016-3 announced that the project BYZART – Byzantine Art and Archaeology Thematic Channel, submitted in December 2016, has been selected to receive CEF funding. The project seeks to add to the EU digital platform for cultural heritage Europeana about 75,500 multimedia archival units, presenting the Byzantine and post-Byzantine cultural and art legacy of the Continent. The team of the Department of History and Cultures, University of Bologna, Italy, led by Prof. Isabella Baldini is the leading partner in the consortium; other partners collaborating on the project: the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece; Open University of Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki); the Institute of Historical Research (National Hellenic Research Foundation,), Athens,Greece and the Art Museum of the City of Ravenna, Italy. The Institute of Art Studies participates in the consortium with 37,000 digital archival units, i.e. has the most significant quantitative contribution to meet the programme requirements. The Recommended CEF funding amounts to €425,827, one fourth of which will go for restoration, conservation and digitisation of the photo archive, of the kept glass photographic plates, architectural sketches, slides, recordings of church music, etc., Byzantine and post-Byzantine artefacts kept at the collections of the Institute of Art Studies. Project leader of the Bulgarian team is Assoc. Prof. Emmanuel Moutafov and the winning project is the first institutional participation of the Institute in a EU programme.