NATUR: North Atlantic Tales is a new platform enabling artists and archives to work together researching and create new works around the human stories connecting archives, memories and collections that link the people of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and the UK. The aim of the inaugural 2018/19 project is to develop and support a network who share an interest in connecting and creating the culture of the North Sea and North Atlantic. We will then go on to enable a broader project activating the shared heritage of the North through artistic residencies and festivals from 2020 onwards.
We are looking for the stories, collections, archives and memories that connect Iceland, Denmark, Norway and the UK, along with organisations and individuals that want to work with artists in residence to bring them to life. Your work could be the official history of a nation or a very personal exploration of your own heritage. From institutional archives, research projects to family collections we want to hear from you to tell the rich story of our shared cultural heritage. These can be taken from:
· Professional museums and archives
· Personal collections and archives
· Music, moving image and photography collections (both catalogued and hoarded)
· Societies, groups and communities that can trace those connections
· Researchers working across our partnering countries
· Academics and academic departments connecting our partnering countries
· Personal Testimony
Our starting point is seven themes: folklore and language, merchants, fisheries, industrialisation, conflict, oil and women’s history. Using the archives and stories of each country to inspire new artwork the end result will be will become a platform for engaging with collective North Atlantic histories through artistic eyes- shaping future common identities.
If you are interested in collaborating on the ‘NATUR’ project or promoting your projects or research through our platform, then please fill in the online form.