Consisting of two cores: Centro Regional de Apoio ao Artesanato – CRAA, in Ponta Delgada and Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, in Ribeira Grande.
The first one will display historical prints from the Azores islands, as well as utensils and letterpress equipment from several print shops in São Miguel. Along with the old prints, it will be possible to find some contemporary approaches to the same pieces, sometimes using the same letterpress material used in the old ones a few decades ago. This highlights the diversity of approaches allowed by letterpress and its ability to adapt to different times. This core intends to be, at the same time, a tribute to all the letterpress printers who worked and continue to work in the Azores Islands.
In Arquipélago, an exhibition of contemporary works aims to show the vitality and diversity of contemporary production using movable type. Focusing on the works produced in Portugal, it will include a section devoted to the work of the Oficina Tipográfica de São Paulo and to Claudio Rocha, one of its founders. There will also be a selection of works by some of the leading printers from outside Portugal.