The Story Behind
Originally, Project Network was offered to Scandinavian students only, but as the rumors spread about this fantastic program we invited European schools to participate by sending their talented emerging artists in the field of ceramics. We now have Network graduates from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Israel, China, Japan, France, Holland and United Kingdom, and we are still expanding our network with schools worldwide. Each participant is recommended by their educational institution. The symposium runs two sessions a year, Autumn & Winter, with 12 participants accepted to each session. This special program provides students with an invaluable international network as they develop their career as a professional artist.
How it works
The participants live and work together at Guldagergaard for six weeks. While working on their own ceramic projects, the participants receive individual tuition from Danish and international guest artists as well as they are encouraged to collaborate with each other as well as start dialogues about inspiration, methods, techniques, and materials.
Additionally, different Danish artists are invited to give lectures, and our visiting international guest artists often hold a lecture or a hands-on demonstration while they are here. It is a unique learning opportunity for upcoming artists, who are looking to create for the future.
This year’s sessions:
1st Session: November 1st, 2016 – December 13th, 2016
2nd Session: January 2nd, 2017 – February 14th, 2016
A regular Guest Artist on Project Network is Richard Launder, Associate Professor at KHIB in Norway. Richard Launder has a wonderful tutorial style of conveying his guidelines and his advice is much appreciated by the participants.
Ole Akhøj is another guest artist who also has been part of the Network program for years. Ole Akhøj is a highly valued photographer who has specialized in photographing ceramic art. His beautifully composed work completes the catalogues of each session.
Exhibition, Catalogue, Press
The symposium ends with a culminating group exhibition at the Apple House Gallery, professional photography of the participants’ work, a full-color catalogue, and press releases for publicity – and of course multiple networking opportunities.
Project Network participants pay a reduced residency fee of 7,200 DKK. They responsible for kiln and material expenses themselves.
The recommended participants will apply through our website, and we accept letters of recommendation from the nominating educational institutions by email.
According to director Mette Blum Marcher the most important aspect of this program is neither the ceramic art nor the exhibition at the end of each session – but the network itself among the participants.