A new project for the European Year of Cultural Heritage
SICC productions, the not-for-profit sister company of award-winning arts producers Curated Place, has been successful in securing European Union funding to develop and deliver a two-year series of international artist’s residencies through their new project NATUR: North Atlantic Tales. The project is instigated as part of the European Union’s Year of Cultural Heritage and will build on the organisation’s work connecting Nordic Artists with the UK to creatively explore the shared stories, culture and heritage between towns and cities linked by the North Atlantic and North Sea.
Working with partners Einkofi Productions (Eyrarbakki, Iceland), SAMSKAB (Aarhus, Denmark) and Elefant (Stavanger, Norway) the aim of the project is to uncover and celebrate the stories that lie between the archives held in each country. By enabling artists from each country to undertake residencies with overseas partners it will trace the stories that fall between the gaps where one set of archives, memories and tales ends and another, over the water, begins.
It will interrogate 8 themes through the archives of each country that shaped and continue to forge a shared Northern identity (folklore and the language of the north, medieval merchants, fisheries, industrialisation, global conflict, oil, women's history, and the digital future) - inviting artists and communities to work with archivists and collections to activate those stories that connect partners’ sense of shared history. Establishing the NATUR network through both narrative and working partnerships it will enable archives to more efficiently work with creative industries and support communities in accessing and creating identity from the shared heritage in four deeply connected countries.
Launched in February 2018 as part of the spectacular SPECTRA festival in Aberdeen, at the Creative Scotland supported Catalyst Conference, the project will enable the four organisations involved to cement a working relationship that has been fostered through SICC’s ongoing residency and arts development programmes.
A call for artists to apply will open in June inviting artists to apply for residencies in the UK, Iceland, Norway and Denmark, with the first project exhibition taking place in Iceland in the Autumn. Applications open to artists based in partnering countries.
SICC Productions is an artist-led not-for-profit creative production company specialising in international public programmes, original commissions, artist development, music strategy, event and sustainable production delivery. They focus on the delivering work outside of traditional spaces and have successfully delivered projects across the UK, Europe and the Nordic Region, working with municipal, commercial and governmental agencies alongside the communities where the work happens. The company has recently produced the work of international artists and enabled UK artists to work overseas for Hull2017 UK City of Culture, SPECTRA Light festival in Aberdeen, ENLIGHTEN Bury Festival of Light and Sound. www.siccproductions.co.uk
Einkofi Productions is an independent arts organiation based in Southern Iceland who work with music, art, design, technology, literature, performance and education. They use the shining lights of the Nordic creative scene to create roads into the more obscure, left-field and risk-taking innovators. Einkofi events demonstrably create spaces for friendships, conversation and sharing of ideas to bloom developing the skills, platforms and networks to support new co-operations, collaborations and co-productions that blossom beyond the moment. Einkofi seek to promote a contemporary sense of being Nordic with their sustainable, elegant, effective partnerships delivering the projects: Handmade sounds for the Nordic Council of Ministers as part of Hull2017’s North Atlantic Flux festival, projection artwork “Emotional Fish” with Danish Performance centre Warehouse 9, projection mapping and music animation for heritage spaces with award-winning Icelandic lighting designers Myrkraverk, and co-producing the 2012 North Atlantic Pavilion for Liverpool Biennial. www.einkofi.is
ELEFANT is an artist-led co-working space and creative centre in Stavanger, Norway. Housed in a 1960s print house the high-ceilings and industrial atmosphere providers the perfect home for more than 30 creative professionals. Created with financial support from Arts Council Norway and Stavanger Municipality, the studios, offices, exhibition space, and workshops serves as a critical creative hub for Stavanger bringing together architects, photographers, artists, writers, designers, publishers, filmmakers, accountant, producers, journalists and inventors. www.elefantworkspace.no
SAMSKAB based in Aarhus, Denmark, create meaningful and innovative cultural productions of the highest quality, always with a strong focus on the audience. SAMSKAB's employees and collaborators are professional artists, musicians and cultural entrepreneurs who aim to take new and experimental art out of their local and regional heritage making it available to a broader audience. The artists of SAMSKAB bring together a broad range of disciplines from media design and digital art, music and composition, performing arts, dance, and cultural policy. All of the artists are also experienced producers and regularly create works, performances and events. The core of the company’s philosophy is taking arts out of elite spaces and into the real world www.samskab.nu
Throughout 2018, the EU will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage. Cultural heritage shapes our identities and everyday lives. It surrounds us in Europe's towns and cities, natural landscapes and archaeological sites. It is not only found in literature, art and objects, but also in the crafts we learn from our ancestors, the stories we tell to our children, the food we enjoy in company and the films we watch and recognise ourselves in. #europeforculture