- For the first time, this Fundación Iberdrola España scholarship program is addressed to certified restorers in Mexico
- The training and research period will be one year at the Restoration Workshop of the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid
Mexico City, March 12, 2021.- The Mexican restorer Silvia Ixchel García Valencia received the International Scholarship Fundación Iberdrola – Museo Nacional del Prado, which for the first time was addressed to young people graduated from Mexican restoration universities or schools.
After having taken part in a stringent selection process together with nearly thirty Mexican specialists, Silvia Ixchel will be able to expand her technical skills and know-how in one of the world’s most prestigious conservation and restoration institutions.
The scholarship is granted for painting restoration training and research at the Restoration Workshop of the Museo Nacional del Prado, which received the National Award for Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from Spain’s Ministry of Culture in 2019.
“At Iberdrola México, we know of the great Mexican talent. Therefore, we are certain that Silvia’s performance will be outstanding and will return to Mexico with a greater experience to contribute to the conservation of Mexico’s art heritage”, said Enrique Alba, the company’s CEO.
Ixchel García Valencia received a bachelor’s degree in Restoration of Movable Property from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía (ENCRYM), and is currently working at the Centro Nacional de Conservación y Registro del Patrimonio Artístico Mueble (National Center for the Conservation and Registration of Movable Artistic Heritage) (CENCROPAM), of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts).
“This is a great opportunity to open the door to a renowned workshop with long history for professionals who are just beginning their career. It will certainly be a turning point in my professional career to continue growing and contribute to the Center where I work,” said Ixchel, who will begin her one-year training next May.
“After completing my studies at the Museo Nacional del Prado, I would like to return to the CENCROPAM and contribute my acquired knowledge to reinforce what we are already doing well”, she added.
This scholarship program is aligned to three UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): quality education (4), decent work and economic growth (8), and sustainable communities and cities (11).
Additionally, the program strengthens the company´s commitment to the development of art and culture since this is a tool that creates knowledge and innovation to help boost Mexican talent with expertise in this field.