Since 2008, the foundation has been actively pursuing a model project in Lviv in western Ukraine. Lviv, whose old town is part of the UNESCO world heritage site, has an tremendous need for well-trained tradesmen in the construction sector to restore its buildings. The model project along with the International Dialogue Project for Stonemasons help meet this need. In the meantime, several new iterations of the model projects are up and running in the country and additional ones are planned. In addition, we plan and organize lecture series, presentations and workshops on topics in the field of civil engineering and city planning.
Launching a stonemason training program in Lviv, Ukraine
Ukraine currently has no vocational training program for stonemasons, although the country’s program for carvers is excellent. Technical stonemasonry work is generally carried out by bricklayers. In Lviv, there is a tremendous need for for well-trained, technically skilled stonemasons with expertise in state-of-the-art conservation and restoration methods. The city holds a vast array of architectural riches whose maintenance requires the know-how of these professionals. The Lviv-based Irwan Trusch College, which has been training carvers for decades, provides an ideal environment for this program. The six-year artist training program allows students to delve more deeply and broadly into the skillset and enhances its value. A comprehensive restoration and conservation specialization these young artists with added opportunities and new professional perspectives.
Multiplying the modernized painter training programs in Vinnytsia and Kiev
The new vocational training project for painters, which has also been proven within the framework of our model project in Lviv where we offered an additional “restoration” qualification, is currently being implemented at two vocational training schools in Central Ukraine. In fall of 2015, the first renovated workshops were opened and vocational training began at the Higher Vocational School for Building and Design in Kiev and the Higher Art and Vocational School No. 5 in Vinnytsia.
During an informational visit in May 2016, Ukranian project participants had the opportunity to become acquainted with the German apprenticeship system as well as the country’s painter training program. Tremendous interest was displayed and we anticipate that this visit will yield numerous impulses for the future of our projects.
Model Project in Lviv (Ukraine)
The modernization of the painter/restoration trade at the Vocational Art College in Lviv has been completed. The project for cabinetmakers and restoration experts will end in mid-2017. Due to the tremendous restoration need in the city of Lviv, especially in connection with its status as a World Cultural Heritage site, the added restoration component is a unique feature being offered here. Buildings in the historic center of Lviv are urgently in need of restoration, both inside and out.
International dialogue project for stonemasons in Ukraine and Germany
We have supported the International Dialogue Project for Stonemasons developed by thornconcept since 2011.
Every year, stonemasons from Ukraine arrive on site, and two groups of German stonemasons have already paid a visit to Ukraine. On the German side, the project aims to revitalize the baroque terrace gardens in Kirchheimbolanden, whereas on the Ukranian side, needed stonemasonry work is completed in the historic town center of Lviv. Working on their joint European cultural heritage opens up perspectives to the young craftsmen and artists that extend far beyond their own field of expertise and provides insight into the broader context of European culture.