Nordic Textile Art is arranging a meeting for textile artists and for everybody interested in textile art. The meeting takes place at Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemikatu 9 in Helsinki. Participants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will discuss textile art and its values during four days in March. (19th to 22nd March 2015)
The meeting is arranged in collaboration with TEXO – the Finnish association for textile artists and designers. In 2015 TEXO celebrates its 60 years with the opening of the Mini Textile exhibition at the Nordic Culture Point on Friday the 20th March.
The theme of the NTA meeting ”The Value of Textile Art” is introduced by Linda Fagerström, art historian and critic from Sweden who will reflect on the challenges of textile art.
Astrid Løvaas and Kirsten Wagle, constitute Løvaas & Wagle one of the most distinguished collectives in Norwegian contemporary art. They will talk about their cooperation with Snøhetta architects on the Oslo opera house as well as on their significant commissions and exhibitions.
Danish-Norwegian artist Britt Smelvær will talk on how she for many years has worked on several large-scale commissions. Although she has a textile training she now works with various materials as well as installations and land art. She exhibits and lectures frequently.
Helena Hyvönen is an established Finnish textile artist and has her own design studio. She is the former Dean of Aalto Univesity, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. She will give a lecture on ”Is textile more than a material?”
A panel of textile artists from all Nordic countries will discuss ”The Value of Textile Art” to conclude the meeting.
There is a full visitor´s program. A ”Textile walk” will take the meeting participants to see textile art in public premises in Helsinki and of course they will visit Marimekko and SKY. (Suomen Käsityön Ystävaät/The Friends of Finnish Handicraft). Aalto University will host two workshops as well as a Pecha Kucha Night.
On the last day of the meeting the participants will embark on a trip to Hämeenlinna where the Wetterhoff Creative Centre is planned to be the venue of the next NTA meeting in Finland.
Nordic Textile Art, NTA, founded in 2007, is an organisation working to enable encounters, creating networks for textile artists and for those interested in textile art. Since the 2012 meeting in Reykjavik, a yearly meeting takes place in a Nordic country. In 2016 the meeting is planned to be held in Norway.
Contact: Elisabeth Brenner Remberg, NTA chairperson