Under the motto of Art in height, the city of Sant Julià de Lòria wants to become a benchmark of popular art and crafts in the Pyrenees. The aim is to achieve this with the creation of the Macarulla Institute, for the Promotion of Crafts and Popular Culture in the Pyrenees.
This organization was born with the desire to promote and encourage crafts and folk art in the Pyrenees,
bringing together different spaces and entities of the Parish.
The three basic pillars would be El Comú de Sant Julià de Lòria, the Fundació Julià Reig and the University of Andorra.
The council would basically provide logistical and financial support to the project.
The building of the old Council (Casa Comuna) is the ideal place to establish a permanent exhibition of pieces by Sergi Mas, because the ground floor rooms, Council Chamber, Fireplace Room and lobby, already contain pieces made of great beauty by the artist with traditional techniques such as stained glass or wooden work "musicats" (woodcut style of the Principality). It may also include temporary exhibitions related to artisan residences, or popular culture in general.
As the Center has very different types of spaces, it is ideal for conferences, symposia, workshops, fairs and even exhibitions.
The town hall offers this former manor house to create an artistic residence for artisans. This iconic building has a home and a barn that could become a residence and accommodation for more than one craftsman at the same time. In this way, the population close to the city is brought to life, a building is revalued and the richness of the natural heritage of the Principality is highlighted.
The University’s work is basic proposing continuing education, research collaborations with artisans or popular culture studies that initiates a project with the Institute, whether it is framed within its UNESCO professorship or not.