“Implementation of the European Union and the Republic of Lithuania funded project titled “Expansion of the Panevėžys Civic Art Gallery” generated a new attraction site for the city community, national and foreign visitors, the place where one can see the works of the professional ceramic artists from the four continents of the world – Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia,” said Jolanta Lebednykienė, project manager, Panevėžys Civic Art Gallery director, and member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
“Go-ahead” for building the ceramic art pavilion was given on 27 May 2010 when the Panevėžys City Municipality Council passed the decision to launch the EU Structural funds financed project titled “Expansion of the Panevėžys Civic Art Gallery”. In May 2013 the “Panprojektas, UAB, completed designing of the gallery extension. Construction works began on 1 July 2014 and were completed on 30 October 2015 the main contractor being “Kriautė”, UAB. Designed by Panevėžys-based architect Valdas Klimavičius, this modern structure maintains unity with the main building of the gallery, and the tune-up of exterior and interior spaces actuates better revelation of plasticity and diversity of the chamotte clay ceramic art works. The collection of the gallery includes 616 chamotte ceramic pieces and compositions accrued over the last twenty five years. The collection works were generated by the participants of the Panevėžys International Ceramic Symposiums – 157 professional ceramic artists from 35 countries.
City residents and visitors are welcome to visit the new Ceramic Art Pavilion dedicated to the works generated during Panevėžys International Ceramic Symposiums and reflecting not only national, but also global trends in contemporary ceramic art.