International letterpress collaboration : FINLAND, NORWAY, SWEDEN, UK.
(now postponed until Spring 2022)
Ekfa-K (a regional development project with the support of the Swedish Arts Council), together with Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet have invited Ane Thon Knutsen (Norway), graphic designer, and Angie Butler (UK), artist-printer, for a residency collaboration in Autumn 2021, focusing on hand typesetting and letterpress printing. Both hold doctorates within the field of letterpress printing but come from different creative backgrounds. This provides a fantastic opportunity to raise interesting issues about approaches to letterpress printing from the perspectives of an artist and a designer. What are the common denominators? Where do the differences lie when it comes to working with letterpress as a creative process and as a printing technique? How does the process of typesetting and/or letterpress printing affect your approach to the written language, your own writing and literary choices?
In connection with the residency, 4 creative practitioners who have experience in the field will take part in a collaborative letterpress project and seminar:
Imi Maufe (Bergen, Norway) @imimaufe, Edward Johansson (Åland, Finland) @ahvaland, Jennifer Bergkvist, (Stockholm, Sweden) @jennifer.bergkvist and Camilla Gunnar (Jakobstad, Finland) @blandtyperochtryck.
As we emerge from a pandemic, which has changed our world over the past year, we have chosen the theme of recover – repair to examine the questions above through each person’s approach and process of making a new piece of work.
PUBLIC EVENT + PROJECT SEMINAR
A public event, with lectures by Angie Butler and Ane Thon Knutsen @anethonknutsen will take place on Friday 29 October, followed by a seminar on the Saturday for an invited audience of artists, designers, poets and publishers. The idea is that the collaborative project work can be presented in connection with this, as a basis for reflection and discussion.
All plans above are subject to change due to the global covid-19 pandemic and policies and restrictions in various countries. If we are unable to meet in person then events will continue online.
PROJECT PARTNERS + FUNDING
Ekfa-K is a regional development project with the support of the Swedish Arts Council, which is run by the Region Västmanland and all 10 counties in the region in collaboration with Konstfrämjandet Västmanland. It aims to create opportunities and places for contemporary art and strengthen the structure for art and artists in the region. Primarily, it works together with the artists who are based in the municipalities.
Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet/ GG Studio has for 10 years run a graphic workshop in Uttersberg where opportunities are given for both local, national and international artists to work and carry out residences. For the past five years, GG has also had an ongoing exchange program with Grafikwerkstatt Dresden in Germany.
In the Västmanland region, a newly launched platform Kulturlabbet – word / art / film focuses on intermediality; a collaboration between the cultural development areas literature, film and image and form. The ambition is to be a resource center and meeting place for professionally active cultural creators in the region and to promote cross-border artistic meetings.
This project is part of Ett kulturliv för alla – Konst and co-financed by IASPIS, Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international programme for Visual and Applied Art.