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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.