The exhibition-concept HANSEartWORKS is arranged for the 10th time in 2016 as part of the 36th International Hanseatic days in Bergen.

The selection of artists is done by an international jury.

HANSEartWORKS 2016 will be hosted by four main venues, S12 Galleri og Verksted, KRAFT Rom for Kunsthåndverk, and the city hall from the 10th of June until the 31rst of July 2016. There will also be an outdoor venue situated at Fredriksberg Festning for the Hanseatic weekend.

The opening finds place Friday the 10th of June as follows:

18:00     Opening              Rådhusgalleriet
18:30     Opening              S12
19:00     Opening              KRAFT
19:40     Opening              Fredriksberg

The exhibition is focusing on the balance between artistic freedom and constraint.

Rules both written and unwritten play important roles in our daily lives as well as in the way which we approach materials, tradition and the creative process. Igor Stravinsky once said: “my freedom will be so much greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles.” (Poetics of Music in the form of six Lessons, Harvard University Press 1942). As a symbol of trade, regulations and artistic opportunity artists and designers of all disciplines from the Hanseatic cities has been invited to submit work that focuses on the craft and the material while at the same time fitting perfectly the constraining format of a EUR-pallet on which it is both shipped and displayed.

HanseArtworks plakat

Participating Hanseatic cities with artists:

  • Matias Jansons , Cesis
  • Janno Bergmann, Pärnu

Further reading and information:
S12 galleri og verksted
KRAFT – rom for kunsthåndverk
Previous editions of HANSEartWORKS
HANSEartWORKS on facebook

For more information contact:

City of Bergen, Department of Art and Culture, Vilde Andrea  Brun
(vilde.brun (at) bergen.kommune.no   + 47 555  65 875)
HANSEartWORKS / S12 Project manager
Bergljot Jonsdottir   (bj (at) s12.no  + 47 911 75 303)



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