At Grisart, we’re motivated by an interest in ensuring our students receive complete visual training and we’re constantly adapting to the changes around us. We’re a school located in Barcelona with more than 35 years of solid experience behind us.
At Grisart, we see visual culture as an academic framework that unfolds from different fields: photography, video, editing and post-production, technology and art history. It’s a fascinating combination that reviews the essential role of imagery from a number of perspectives.
Training as an imagery professional involves having a proactive attitude towards cultural and social changes and adapting and learning to move around in changing scenarios. It’s about being aware and committed, willing to understand that learning is an endless road.
One of Grisart’s cornerstones is an education based on the use of next-generation digital technologies. We have the most modern visual mediums available to us and see photography-based imagery as mutating to be created, revealed and disseminated in a thousand plus ways never-before-considered. Would you like to see how?
More than just a school
We’re a committed and solidarity-based school that decisively seeks to strengthen the cultural ecosystem by leading all types of visual arts projects which often transcend daily life in the classroom.
Since the year 2017, Grisart has been organizing Panoràmic Granollers, a festival for film, photography and more. It’s an innovative way to reflect upon the role of photography and film through the work of various creators. Artists of the likes of Martin Parr, Cristina de Middel, Sophie Calle, Antoine d’Agata, Albert Serra and Isaki Lacuesta have participated in the festival.
In the summer of 2018, a team of professors led a photography training project aimed at young people staying in refugee camps in Iraq. This ambitious project was made possible with the support and participation of UNICEF and PANASONIC.
Grisart has its own exhibit space at Rencontres d’Arles (France). It’s a major challenge to be present at the most important contemporary photography festival in the world. We exhibit the work of both our students and former students.
Grisart’s faculty is made up of renowned professionals in photography and visual culture. We encourage learning based on a dynamic theory/practice methodology that stimulates participation in groups and continuous, independent student work.
Grisart has two classrooms equipped with iMac computers, a theory classroom, a LAB area for production, a TV studio equipped with 4 work areas with the best Broncolor modular lighting equipment, a photography library, an exhibit gallery, a hall for presentations and conferences, a printing and scanning area featuring Epson technology, a make-up and dressing room in addition to a central work area.
Moreover, Grisart has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Barcelona Faculty of Fine Arts so students may use the other’s laboratories after completing an introductory class.
Grisart students also have access to an extensive and interesting bibliographic collection offered by the Foto Colectania foundation in Barcelona. This specialist library provides unlimited consultation of its more than three thousand books on photography.
Discounts are offered by the main photography and video shops in Barcelona with proof of student status. Plus, manufacturers such as Fuji and Panasonic have made cameras available for use by the school’s students.
Grisart also maintains a career database where agencies, companies and art centres post job offers, thereby creating a bridge between them and our students.
Global Grisart is a place where you, our students, former students and friends of the school, can get information. In our bi-monthly digital magazine, you’ll find interviews, experiences, achievements, memories, projects, inspiration, ideas and exchanges.
Global Grisart is a magazine with photos, your photos! Don’t miss it!
Ever since it was founded in the year 2019, we’ve interviewed authors including Sacha Goldberger, Dragan Lekic, Claude Iverné, Stéphane Mahé, Juanan Requena, José Manuel Navia, Montse Puig, Hélène Meyer, Jérome Bissone …as well as former students like Nathalie Vigini, Vicenç Vidal , Roser Vilagrassa, Violette Letient, Anna Galí, Maite Solé, Irene Royo, Maria Sintonen, Marta Sellarés, Diego Leon de la Barra, Simone Coitiño and Alba Serra as well as showcased the projects of eighteen students and former students. Plus, a total of 62 students have been featured in the “Excellence” section.
Likewise, we’ve recommended and talked about more than 60 books and photo books and expressed opinions on 30 festivals and exhibits where several former students have shown their work in addition to 25 more general exhibits. Global Grisart is coordinated by Jean-Mathieu Gosselin.
Panoràmic is an initiative by Albert Gusi and Fidel Balaguer (Grisart), with the support of Joan Fontcuberta. Nowadays, the festival is co-directed by Laia Casanova, Joan Fontcuberta and Albert Gusi. Held at the Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les Arts cultural centre in Granollers, it is promoted by the City of Granollers in collaboration with the Government of Catalonia and the Provincial Government of Barcelona.
Panoràmic is a festival that focuses on photography, expressed in an expansive manner through related fields like cinema, video, installations and other contemporary artistic practices. A singular and unique cultural offering. The festival advisory team includes Mercè Alsina, Fèlix Pérez-Hita, Andrés Hispano and Joan Fontcuberta.
Artists such as Martin Parr, Antoine d’Agata, Albert Serra, Cristina de Middel, Isaki Lacuesta, Laia Abril, Sophie Calle, Cabosanroque, Kurt Caviezel, Pilar Rosado, Mireia Sallarés, Simon Menner and Lourdes R. Basolí, among many others, have been featured over the last four editions.
PAE is a real experience within the professional world that all our students doing the STUDY PRO program have the opportunity to enjoy.