The concept behind the Sargadelos Gallery is not that of a store specialising in products made by the porcelain company, but instead as a living cultural centre in which artistic and intellectual creation, social concerns and the ceramic pieces all interact in a surprising combination. It is the reflection of an innovative project inspired by the cultural activism that characterises the companies that comprise Sargadelos.
The first to appear was the Sargadelos Gallery in Barcelona, which opened in 1972 and soon became nothing short of an embassy for Galicia in Catalonia. The next to open was the Madrid Gallery, and six years later, on Galician Literature Day in 1978, the gallery in Santiago de Compostela, which established a new relationship between the worlds of economics and culture.
Today there are twelve Sargadelos Galleries in Galicia and two outside of the region: Cervo, O Castro de Samoedo, Santiago de Compostela, Ourense, Ferrol, Lugo, Vigo, Pontevedra, Monforte de Lemos, O Barco de Valdeorras, O Grove, A Estrada, Madrid and Barcelona.
Each of them has been constituted as a reference point for the diffusion of Galician culture. Not only by selling the company’s pottery, but also as bookshops specialising in Galician and Portuguese literature; as open spaces for socio-cultural events, with book presentations, recitals, conferences and debates; and as art galleries, focusing on the promotion of new creators and exhibitions of the most experimental kind.