Piazza Pertini 1
Registered association organising an international biennial forging festival and hosting a school for extracurricular courses in forging.
The Associazione Biennale d’Arte Fabbrile (Association of Biennial Blacksmithing Art) is a non-profit association consisting of approximately 40 members and over 200 people who work during the four days of the event for free in organizing the exhibition, the forging championship, all of our side events and shows which act as a setting for the main feature, namely wrought iron.
Since its beginning way back in 1976, the exhibition has been proof of the sensitive and innate predisposition that the Casentino people have towards artistic crafts. The Biennial of Stia can take credit for having constantly stimulated new interest in the general public towards artistic objects in iron, and, over the years, to have contributed in meetings between the blacksmiths to stimulate their creative spirit, to appreciate the work done in a spirit of collaboration by several people, and to improve their techniques.
The collaboration between the “workers” leads to innovation by binding the ancient craft of the blacksmith to modern design.
The Administration of the municipality of Pratovecchio Stia is responding within this spirit of innovation, through the Wrought Iron Museum as well as the permanent location of the School of Wrought Iron both currently underway.
The Associazione Biennale d’Arte Fabbrile has been running a school of wrought iron for over 5 years which provides training courses for all levels of would-be blacksmiths, with teachers of a high professional level. The aim of the school is to provide theoretical and practical technical knowledge.
A specific and complete preparation is needed nowadays, where techniques that require high expertise related to innovation and evolution of the needs of contemporary art are learnt.
The School of Iron was structured in this direction by subdividing the training into a range of courses at various levels whose programme has been minutely studied by a teaching body composed of some of the best Italian master blacksmiths such as Claudio Bottero (school director), Roberto Magni, Jadran and Martino Stenico, Roberto Giordani.