Ottavia Virzi

Ottavia Virzi
is a ClimateCultures Author

A set and costume designer focusing on sustainability, heritage crafts and social history, and associate artist with Art Rise Up, a group merging art and activism.

I am originally from Rome, where I graduated in History of Art, developing an interest in comparative studies between Visual Arts and Performing Arts. After training at RADA in a postgraduate course in Theatre Design, I work as a set and costume designer for theatre and video between UK and Italy.

Alongside my work as set and costume designer I research heritage crafts such as hand weaving and historical fashion and textiles, through the craft practice, and through the lens of social and material history. 

I am passionate about a design practice focused on sustainability, heritage crafts and social history, and am interested in projects of valorization of peripheral and rural communities, where design and territory can dialogue, as in the project Periferica, in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily.

I am currently an associate artist and coordinator with the Art Rise Up collective, a group of creatives aiming to merge art and activism. The purpose of the collective is to tackle political and social issues of our times using art forms such as performance, fine arts and multimedia. We intend to support key environmental campaigns with critical art work. We believe that creative interventions can help get visibility and unify local and global struggles, and would like to network with other collectives working on environmental activism.

Ottavia’s ClimateCultures posts:

Art, Rise Up!

Art, Rise Up!

Artist Ottavia Virzi describes a recent intervention by Art Rise Up, the creative collective bringing art and activism together for environmental protection, in support of the campaign to halt opencast coal mining, using art to engage cultural meaning. Read More