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The Focus Foundation celebrates its 34th Focus Foundation Awards


The Focus Foundation held the award ceremony today at the Hospital de los Venerables- its headquarters- in which the Focus Awards 2016 were presented. The event was chaired by Gonzalo Urquijo, president of the Focus Foundation and Abengoa, and was attended by Anabel Morillo León, general director of the Foundation.

Seville, 5 June 2017- The Focus Foundation held the award ceremony today at the Hospital de los Venerables- its headquarters- in which the Focus Awards 2016 were presented. The event was chaired by Gonzalo Urquijo, president of the Focus Foundation and Abengoa, and was attended by Anabel Morillo León, general director of the Foundation.

Awards for completion of studies, recognition for the Best Doctoral Thesis on a Theme related to Seville, and the International Painting Prize were handed out to winners during the ceremony.

The Focus Awards ceremony acts as a meeting place for the winners, family members and the jury, as well as offering an opportunity to share experiences, projects, expectations and unite together in the common objective of working for culture. This ceremony serves as a reminder of the Foundation's commitment to promoting its activity that centers around research and scientific-cultural dissemination at an international level.

Gonzalo Urquijo expressed his “gratitude to all those present at the award-giving event which has been held yearly since 1983.” In addition, he also highlighted "the important role that members of the various juries who make up the awards play as they help to develop the activities promoted by the Foundation." And last of all he “publically acknowledged the work carried out by the Foundation’s team of cultural volunteers who were in attendance today for the very first time. With enthusiasm and their valuable guided tours, they have been able to bring the art of Velázquez and Murillo to everyone. Undoubtedly, our volunteers have contributed to the exhibition- with which we have recently celebrated our 25 anniversary in los the Venerables- and helped it to become the most visited exhibition we have ever had.”

Anabel Morillo León, as president of the jury of the International Painting Prize Focus 2016, highlighted "the pictorial quality of the work Viva el vino (Long live wine) which is painted by Ana Barriga Oliva, as well as its excellent composition, a decided work in color that is both direct and sensual at the same time.” Likewise, “the picture as a whole shows a knowledge of current painting although taken from an undoubtedly personal perspective.”

The jury for the International Painting Prize was made up of Juan Bosco Díaz-Urmeneta, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Carmen Laffón de Escosura, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui and Juan Suárez Ávila. “The pictorial quality of the work that brings together with ease and even daring different techniques manages to give life to an excellent composition, a decided work in colour, using basic colors in meditated contrast to create a work which is both direct and sensual at the same time. A second reason is the theme: it uses the tradition of the still life only then to proceed, to some extent, to work against it.  All of which achieves a subtle irony that clearly indicates what can be expected from the still life (and the fragment) in this day and age.”

Moreover, with regard to the study which was undertaken by Ramón Queiro Quijada, The Municipal Board and The Royal Patronage of Seville’s Cheap Homes: Contributions to the city’s establishment by means of social housing 1913 -1986, the jury for the Thesis described it as “an excellent work that makes an in-depth study into social housing in Seville throughout the twentieth century, especially by means of two vital institutions; the Municipal Board and the Royal Patronage, which were created as a result of legislation being laid down in relation to ‘cheap housing’  which, thereafter, became known as social housing.”

The research involves an in-depth study into existing archives, as well as the houses that are still around today, or those that were planned. An important contribution is the graphical and planimetric work that relates to the analyzed examples, in addition to their integration in Seville’s storyline.

In this way it successfully shows one of the fundamental characteristics of its contemporary development in one of its essential defining facets. This contribution proves very useful for a better knowledge of the city with a view to making necessary decisions of an urban and residential nature.”

The jury was chaired by Francisco García Novo; Professor of Ecology at the University of Seville from 1976 to 2013 and Trustee of Focus Foundation. In addition, it was made up of Antonio-Miguel Bernal Rodríguez, Professor of Economic Institutions and History at the University of Seville; Juan José Iglesias Rodríguez, historian and professor of  Modern History at the University of Seville; Teresa Laguna Paul, professor of History of Art; Arsenio Moreno Mendoza, lecturer of History in Modern and Contemporary Art at the  Pablo de Olavide University; Javier Nó Sánchez, professor of Information Technology at Loyola University, Andalucía; Pablo Palenzuela Chamorro, lecturer of Social Anthropology at the University of Seville; Víctor Pérez Escolano, professor of Architectonic Composition at the University of Seville; Alfonso Pleguezuelo Hernández, professor of History of Art at the University of Seville; Rogelio Reyes Cano, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Seville; and Maria Dolores Robador Gonzalez, professor of the University School at the University of Seville

Prizes for Completion of High School were awarded to Ángela Paula Lugo Rodríguez and Rocío Muñoz Monzó, while the Prize for University Studies was awarded to Ángel Bautista González and Ángeles Cuesta Castellanos.

The Focus Foundation thanked the members of this jury that was chaired by Consuelo Flecha García, and made up Juan Carlos Jiménez Lora, Anabel Morillo León, Pedro Muñoz González and Rosario Parra Cala.

The ceremony concluded with an organ concert by Susana García Lastra, assistant organist at the Foundation.

The Focus Awards highlight the firm commitment of the Foundation to education and how it acts as the driving force of society, as well as its commitment to promoting and enhancing high-quality training.

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the  Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables, has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

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