In the summer of 2021, the Benyamini Center will celebrate ten years of activities in the Kiryat Melacha Quarter of Tel Aviv. The generous donation of the Benyamini couple has provided an opportunity to fulfill many dreams that concern material culture, and especially ceramics.
The Benyamini Center is a unique contemporary ceramics facility that combines a school for ceramic art (diploma program, courses and workshops), galleries, a public library, the Israeli Ceramic Archive (in process), residency program for young artists and international artists, symposia, lectures and masterclasses with local ceramics artists. All these facilities are open to the general public, including professionals, hobbyists, and students from various academies, to broaden knowledge, research and study ceramics. The Benyamini is a center of attraction for clay enthusiasts, designers, craftspeople, and artists who make and experiment with clay, raise questions about culture, technology and locality and participate in the changing exhibitions in the gallery spaces.
The Benyamini School of Ceramic Art offers ceramic classes that are practical as well as theoretical in a professional environment with leading ceramic artists in Israel. The Benyamini Galleries call for a broad interdisciplinary discussion, giving respect to local ceramic history, as well as presenting a contemporary discussion on the place of ceramics in the world of technology and digitization, challenging visitors and inviting them to consider these issues in the gallery tours and symposia.
The Benyamini Center is home to a diverse community that is creative, questioning, responsive seeking cultural growth in the context of a passion for clay. We would like to encourage a discussion on the cultural contribution of the Benyamini Center: Does it have an influence on the material culture in Israel? What is the place of ceramics in the field of art, design, and craft? Does the Benyamini Center broaden the language of the field of ceramics? Does its existence encourage and promote artists and visitors to become involved in making ceramics, to learn its secrets and understand its language?
- תמונה: להב הלוי, צילום: דור קדמי