ITS Arcademy

The ITS Arcademy blossoms from the international experience of Barbara Franchin and her team. Through their passionate research in these last 18 years they have attracted in Trieste, Italy, the strongest emerging talents in the fields of fashion design, accessories design and jewellery design. By building and fueling the ITS Creative Archive - a unique creative archive of international relevance - ITS has laid the foundations that allow the opening, today, of a global training ground for creativity. A formative, research space not just for professionals but for any curious experimenter, from the youngest to the oldest.

The ITS Arcademy will unite the exhibition dimension with the didactic one. The exhibition will include the ITS Creative Archive and temporary exhibitions that will offer a space for dialogue between the world of fashion and those of the arts, cinema and design. The didactic part will be aimed at two different types of public: a Pop one, with courses and workshops aimed at elementary, middle and high school students from all over Italy, tourists and the whole territory; and a Professional one dedicated to insiders, where former ITS competitors will be able to return to Trieste as teachers, and where companies will be able to create workshops and special projects.

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" We are now expanding the ITS seismographic nature: the talents we bring to Trieste  will be coming back as accomplished professionals to share the depths of their soul in a land that has always been, historically, a place for exchange and sharing. New talents, new professionals will be allowed to blossom, nurturing the sensibility and receptiveness of this territory. The ITS Arcademy will open in 2020 and it will be for everyone, from the 5 years to the 100 years old of age. "

Barbara Franchin
Founder & Director ITS

" The Fondazione CRTrieste supports the work of Barbara Franchin and EVE’s staff since 2004, in particular appreciating the important role of enhancing young talents in the fashion sector, one of the flagships of the Country’s system. From now on, the support to EVE will be even more concrete: some of the spaces of our historic building, about 650 square meters, will be allocated for the headquarters of the ITS Creative Archive, allowing it to be enhanced and made available to the public. Moreover, these spaces may in future become a place where the Italian "know how" will be expressed at its most, becoming a gym for young talents. I would like to thank the Municipality of Trieste, in the person of our Mayor, Roberto Dipiazza, who had already identified public spaces where to host the archive and who then shared this solution, immediately realizable, allowing the Fondazione to start this project. "

Tiziana Benussi
President, Fondazione CRTrieste

The ITS Arcademy will be a space where past finalists, jurors and the rest of the international network of ITS will have an active role: a place where innovators, insiders from the fashion industry, scholars and visionary talents will be allowed to exchange experiences while brainstorming on the future of design, actively contributing to its realization. The activities of the ITS Arcademy will explore the world of creativity through a vast array of events, courses and formative activities. From the simply curious - including any age group regardless their level of experience - to professionals and companies, everyone will find a tailored program according to their needs.

This new step isn't just a development. It realizes that concept of circularity on which ITS is based and for which it has always fought. Just as the ITS past finalists today have become creative directors for the most renowned brands, or teachers at design schools, those who have begun their professional career working at ITS as interns are today's backbone in Barbara Franchin's team, themselves shaping the next generation of interns in the office.

The word "Arcademy" fuses Archive, Ark and Academy. Archive: the Art of Archiving answers to an innate need of man to overcome death; to organize, preserve and pass on to future generations what he creates. Ark: a place where all species are collected, all diversity is accepted, all that is pure and innocent is protected and survives judgement. Academy: very much like Plato’s Akademia not a school with an obvious distinction between teachers and students, but a place where senior and junior members can exchange knowledge, do research and inspire each other; and following Willhelm von Humboldt "Knowledge is power and education is liberty”, a freer version of a university, a supreme and extreme sanctuary of science and research.