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Venues 4, 5 & 6

P. Hiort-Lorenzens Vej 19, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Introduction by Kirstine Schiess Højmose, AaBKC Director

All of the info on their website is in Danish however there is also a facebook page here. They are an artist run initiative close to the Godsbanen. The studio spaces are made up from containers and there is loads of outdoor space too. Perfect for large scale artworks that can face the weather. One of the artists we met works with metal so was glad of the outdoor space to work in. They were very welcoming with tea and biscuits on arrival for us.

Sigrids Stue
Dortesvej 3, 8220 Brabrand, Denmark
Introduction with artist Grete Agaard

A bit about Sigrids Stue (from their website)
Sigrids Stue is an art project and a platform based in the neighbourhood  Gellerup, Aarhus, Denmark. Sigrids Stue develops projects in cooperation with both local, national and international partners.

We are working on long-term collaborative project that include independent international artists / curators. Furthermore Sigrids Stue run a Drawing School for children in the district.

Sigrids Stue is  located in a 3d floor apartment in the area, plus a wooden pavillon located also in the very center of Gellerup.

A bit about Sigrids Stue (from my notes)
They offer residencies during which you can stay in the apartments close by. This is very helpful for artists with families. They offer local children a drawing school as well as workshops. Some of the children popped in during our visit, it was lovely to see them, they looked proud of their space and it felt like a sort of hub for them to come to in the area that they lived. There isn’t really an exhibition space as the work ends up being in the public spaces, on the bridges or pavements for example. They have to fund raise to pay for everything. The local community have voted yes to have the area developed but no one really knows what this means just yet.

Rum 46
Studsgade 46, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Introduction with artist Barbara Katzin

A bit about Rum46 (from their website)
rum46 started as a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art in 1995 – initiated by students from the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, Denmark. Today it is run by 3 members with backgrounds from Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Rietveld Art Akademi in Amsterdam, Art History/Århus University. As an artist-curator collective rum46´s curatorial practice is today characterized through the key words socio-political and exchange.

The projects and art practices rum46 presents often focus on social dialogue, communication and action, which can put important social and political problems in play. The participants involved show new spaces and possibilities of action, alternatives in relation to the society we are part of, via exchanging and interaction in social, political and cultural fields – with a starting point, amongst others, in the aesthetic.

In recent years the curatorial practice of rum46 has been divided into both long termed and short termed projects.

The long termed socio-political projects by rum46 have mainly taken place in public spaces in the city of Aarhus and in the location of rum46. During 2002 and 2003 rum46 realized the interdisciplinary art project Gæstebud – Feast/Hospitality, where approximately thirty Danish and international participants examined the notion of hospitality through actions, interventions, performances, debates, texts and reflections. As a thematic follow-up rum46 presented the projects ”Solidarity Unlimited? Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” and NEOTRIBES in 2004 and 2005.

The short termed projects presented by rum46 as well as the parallel initiatives by each member reflect the heterogenty of voices and interests within the group. At the present time different kinds of international exchange-projects, actions in public open network database and sound events are some of many initiatives. rum46 also encompass live performances, reading groups, investigations on digital media, smaller exhibitions, book editions and debates as host or collaborator with artists, artist groups, curators, theoreticians and educational institutions.

A bit about Rum46 (from my notes)
Another really warm welcome for us here. They occupy 2 spaces next door to one another. To the left they had an exhibition and to the right was a space more for gatherings and a sort of store front. The city own the buildings and they receive funding from them. The use hygge to get people to talk and feel more comfortable. They believe Aarhus mostly had the older and younger generation with the middle aged people living in Copenhagen. It was mentioned that they really need spaces to work in to keep them there. every last Friday of the month they have a performance. After each opening they have a dinner with the artist and invited guests a more relaxed way of discussing the work.






Venue 2 & 3
Aarhus Billedkunstcenter (AaBKC) / Aarhus Centre for Visual Art (AaBKC)
Introduction to AaBKC and its residency programme with Kirstine Schiess Højmose, Director

A bit about Aarhus Billedkunstcenter (AaBKC) (from their website)

Aarhus Center for Visual Art (Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, AaBKC) is an artist resource center serving visual artists in Denmark’s Central Jutland region.

Based in Aarhus Aarhus Center for Visual Art strengthens the local arts community by:

•  Creating opportunities for networking and collaboration between artists, arts institutions, and businesses
•  Offering counseling and professional development services to emerging and established artists
•  Facilitating discourse and community outreach with conferences and public art events
•  Aiming to improve local artists’ working conditions
•  Administering and advising on international work and residency opportunities for local artists, such as Tækker AIR Berlin
•  Facilitating courses and workshops

Aarhus Center for Visual Art launched AaBKC International in 2017. This platform features two new programs – AaBKC Residency and Traverse: Connecting International Artists Communities – that promote dialogue and exchange with international artists and curators. Learn more about AaBKC International here.

Aarhus Center for Visual Art operates within Godsbanen, a cultural production center that houses a large number of cultural agents including visual artists, writers, performers and designers.


Indgang 3E, 1. sal., Skovgaardsgade 3, DK-8000 Aarhus C
A tour of Godsbanen’s production spaces including Corporum (no website) and artist Jesper Rasmussen’s studio, led by Højmose.

A bit about Godsbanen (from their website)

10.500 M² OF CULTURE

The Cultural Production Center Godsbanen opened in 2012 in the buildings of an old freight train station. It is a creative powerhouse in the new city district of Aarhus; Aarhus K.

At Godsbanen you can improve your cultural skills and realize projects in the field of design, art and culture. If you are a cultural entrepreneur, designer or artist, you can become part of the creative community by renting an office space or a project room. And performing artists can develop their work by applying for the residency program in our large and well equipped black box theatre; Åbne Scene.

At Godsbanen you can experience more than 400 events annually – concerts in our music venue, exhibitions, performances in the two theatres, markets, festivals etc. Or you can just hang out, enjoy a good dinner or a cup of coffee or take a walk on our rooftop with a spectacular view over the city – the architecture is worth a visit in itself.

Godsbanen aim to support the development of cultural skills for all – no matter what the individual starting point is – for professionals, upcoming artists or con amore creatives.

Do you need to host a meeting, present a small or large project, rehearse for a show or something completely different?
Godsbanen offers studios, conference facilities, stage rooms, guest apartments; and they can be rented for an hour or up to a year.
More here (in Danish – contact [email protected], +45 8940 9936 for more info)

Godsbanen is home to amongst others Theatre Katapult, the music venue Radar, the black box Åbne Scene, Aarhus Centre for Visual Arts, Aarhus Centre for Literature and more than 60 cultural projects in all genres from magazine publishing to dance.
Meet them here

A large number of external event makers also use Godsbanen for exhibitions, workshops, conferences, meetings etc.

Godsbanen’s Workshops for Textile/Serigraphy/Accessories, Wood, Metal, Lasercutter, 3D-print, Ceramics and Graphics are open for all and well equipped. We offer help to self-help for projects in all forms and sizes – from printing a paper to building a hen house.



Venue 1

ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum
Aros Allé 2, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Introduction with Ole G. Jørgensen, Programme Manager for ARoS’ new international residency programme and New York-based artists in residence Flux Factory.

A bit about ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (from their website)
With a total of 20,700 square metres distributed on ten storeys, ARoS is one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. Each year, ARoS has about one million visitors, making it the most frequented art museum in Scandinavia.

ARoS has an ambition to be among the ten most eminent art museums in the world. To achieve this, a different and untraditional strategy will be applied where the museum e.g. will cultivate close links to society/the local community.

Further, ARoS has instituted the ARoS Triennial, held for the first time in 2017; dedicated an entire storey to the innovative gallery ARoS Public, and there are plans to extend the museum to provide additional space to accommodate greater numbers of people and more art.

ARoS features four spacious galleries, an ARoS Focus gallery, and a storey featuring installational art. In each of these galleries, ARoS presents art from either the museum collection or by national and international artists, including e.g. Grayson Perry, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joana Vasconcelos, Bill Viola, Olafur Eliasson, Paul McCarthy, Shirin Neshat, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon.


A bit about ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (from my notes)
The venue was closed for the day when we arrived but we were lucky enough to be shown round some of the exhibitions and residency spaces at the museum. The Flux Factory artists in residence were busy when we arrived preparing for a performance the next day. The residency space was open for the public to come into, something that ARoS wants, for the public to see what artists get up to in their studios. Group residencies are welcome there but there always needs to be one person in the space in case any of the public do come in for them to talk to.It was a great space but as there was no proper ventilation it wouldn’t be suitable for anyone working with paints with fumes or woodwork (sawdust) for example. The cinema space allowed you to chose which film you wanted to watch.


Venue 2

Sydhavn Station
Artist run exhibition space
Ernst Kapers Road 1, DK-2450 Copenhagen SV.

A bit about Sydhavn Station (from my notes)
All of the text on their website is in Danish so I haven’t copied the info into this post from there. This gallery space is in an old ticket office at a train station. There are 12 artists who run the space each working on it for one month in the year. There are some studio spaces there and more recently they have started up a residency programme too.

Outside of the gallery are poster spaces an d outside again is a billboard which all belong to the gallery space.

This was our last visit in Copenhagen before we got the train to Aarhus.