BAG Art Camp 2019 - (w)ORD workshop - Norway
(w)ORD is a cultural and creative collaboration between Scottish and Norwegian artists looking at common historical, cultural and geographical connections with an emphasis on the use language in art.
After the pervious stage of the project, which took place on the Isle of Mull, on the West Coast of Scotland in 2018, (see 2018 in this website) the selected artists participated in a two week long workshop in locations on the West Coast of Norway from 24th August til 6th September 2019.
We hosted a one day seminar at Bergen Ateliergruppe studios - with speakers talking about language, place names, geology and kelp forests, interwoven with word play exercises facilitated by the Bergen based artist collaborative - TEXST Group. Speakers at the seminar are Eldar Heide, Hanne Sophie Greve, geologist Øystein Jansen and kelp researcher Sabine Popp. The (w)ORD artists also presented their work.
During our time in Bergen we organised field trips and guided tours to Hordamuseum (Folk museum), Bergen Skog- og Træplantningsselskap (Bergen Forestry Group), and the Manuscript and Special book collection at the University of Bergen.
After the first half of the residency we travelled to by boat to an old smallholding in Gulen, and spend ten days working with ideas, discussions, collaborations and future plans. During this time we visited Gulatinget. (www.gulatinget.no)
The participants for (w)ORD 2019 are:
Co-curators / artists: David Faithfull (SSA) & Imi Maufe (BAG)
Selected Norwegian Artists:
Marit Tunestveit Dyre
David A Rios
Randi Annie Strand
Selected Scottish Artists:
We are now working towards a touring exhibition which will present work and ideas from the two residencies in Scotland and Norway with the first exhibition opening in March 2021 at Visningsrommet USF in Bergen.
BAG ArtCamp 2019 has been organised in association with:
The Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and is co-curated by Imi Maufe (BAG) and David Faithfull (SSA).
For more info see the blog from 2018
Follow the blog: w18ord.blogspot.com
Financially supported by Bergen kommune, Creative Scotland and the artists involved.
With special thanks to Solveig and Orlaug Brekke for their amazing hospitality and for the use of their cabin in Gulen.
And special thanks to all the participants of the seminar and for those that have taken time to show us hidden treasures in and around Bergen.
We thank you all for supporting and collaborating with this artistic workshop.