JUNE 2024

Cristina Mariani /Italy /textile art and weaving
http://www.cristinamariani-art.com

Cristina is a textile artist specialised in contemporary tapestry. She has experience in hand-and jacquard weaving, embroidery, natural dyeing and shibori.
Cristina collaborates with museums and galleries and exhibits her works in Italy and abroad.  She also gives tapestry-and weaving courses.
She continuously deepens the textile culture in every aspect, from the artisan and technical-design to the artistic and anthropological one.

Elleke van Gorsel /the Netherlands /visual art
https://www.ellekevangorsel.nl/

Elleke van Gorsel creates images, installations, drawings, paintings and graphics.
Her recent work mainly consists of location-based installations and thematic projects.
Elleke is inspired by (autobiographical) history, family connections, literary and philosophical texts, socially committed themes and religion.

Beth Grossman/ USA / visual art
http://www.bethgrossman.com

Beth Grossman is a socio-political artist, who sees the visual as a way to create community dialog. Her art is a comfortable point of entry into the ongoing dialog about ‘correct’ history, the life-shaping force of religion and the power of social beliefs. The artist takes creative liberty with these charged topics and makes them accessible with beauty and humor. By shifting the context of familiar objects, words and images, she opens them up for fresh examinations that are by turn playful, stimulating and thought provoking.

Evy Horpestad Tjåland/ Norway / visual art
https://www.etjaaland.no/

Evy Horpestad Tjåland (b.1963) lives and works in Stavanger. Evy has a Bachelor in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art, UK and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Her work contains painting, drawing, textiles and installations and moves in both the figurative and the abstract landscape. Time, materiality and perception are themes she works with in a repetitive and simplified idiom. How people organize their existence and everyday life interests her.

In her projects, she goes in depth and into details. Repetition, routines and simplified idioms are the starting point, multitudes of small circles flow smoothly into each other. The works take on a meditative feel, which she seeks within the techniques she uses.

Mayumi Okabayashi/ Germany/Japan / Drawings
https://www.mayumi-o.com/

Mayumi lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin and Osaka. After studying design at Kyoto Seika University in 1995, Okabayashi studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1997 to 2004 with Alfonso Hüppi and later with Klaus Rinke, with whom she completed her studies as a master student. She works in the areas of drawing, painting and installation. Her works are regularly represented at international exhibitions.

“When you look at my pictures, you might imagine cells or plants, light or shadow or some other element of nature. This fluid form allows them to be anything, or something in between. I try to capture this movement in nature, for example from the cell to the plant and back, without holding on to it. I try to depict the state and the movement at the same time, the drifting apart and the coming back together and the form in between.
For me, this instability and movement are two sides of the same coin and the coin itself.”

MAY 2024

Sölvi Steinn Þórhallsson /Island /visual art

Sölvi Steinn Þórhallsson graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Iceland University of the Arts in 2020. He has been a member of Kling & Bang since late 2020 and co-founded the artist run space King og Bong the same year. Sölvi Steinn has participated in solo and group exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad. In his works he deals with personal narratives and ponders the purpose, meaninglessness and cause of events and objects around him and works variously in video, sculpture and installations.

Silfrún Una Guðlaugsdóttir /Island /performance art and sound art
https://taraogsilla.cargo.site/

Silfrún Una Guðlaugsdóttir (b.1996) is a visual artist working with sound poetry, performance and installations.

Through the years her artistic exploration has centered around the interplay between sound,objects and a place, and a fascination for sincerity within oral sounds. In her work she speculates the correlation between a sound and a place and how you can tell a story by combining visual elements and melodies, be it by mimicking instruments, foley sounds, whispering a poem or humming your favorite tune.

Alongside with her solo practice she has a collaborative practice with Tara Njála Ingvarsdóttir as the duo Tara and Silla. They have been working together since they first met in the BA Visual Arts department of the Iceland University of the Arts which they graduated from in the spring of 2020. Central themes in their works are friendship, social situations and celebration.

Beth Grossman/ USA / visual art
http://www.bethgrossman.com

Beth Grossman is a socio-political artist, who sees the visual as a way to create community dialog. Her art is a comfortable point of entry into the ongoing dialog about ‘correct’ history, the life-shaping force of religion and the power of social beliefs. The artist takes creative liberty with these charged topics and makes them accessible with beauty and humor. By shifting the context of familiar objects, words and images, she opens them up for fresh examinations that are by turn playful, stimulating and thought provoking.

Evy Horpestad Tjåland/ Norway / visual art
https://www.etjaaland.no/

Evy Horpestad Tjåland (b.1963) lives and works in Stavanger. Evy has a Bachelor in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art, UK and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Her work contains painting, drawing, textiles and installations and moves in both the figurative and the abstract landscape. Time, materiality and perception are themes she works with in a repetitive and simplified idiom. How people organize their existence and everyday life interests her.

In her projects, she goes in depth and into details. Repetition, routines and simplified idioms are the starting point, multitudes of small circles flow smoothly into each other. The works take on a meditative feel, which she seeks within the techniques she uses.

Mayumi Okabayashi/ Germany/Japan / Drawings
https://www.mayumi-o.com/

Mayumi lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin and Osaka. After studying design at Kyoto Seika University in 1995, Okabayashi studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1997 to 2004 with Alfonso Hüppi and later with Klaus Rinke, with whom she completed her studies as a master student. She works in the areas of drawing, painting and installation. Her works are regularly represented at international exhibitions.

“When you look at my pictures, you might imagine cells or plants, light or shadow or some other element of nature. This fluid form allows them to be anything, or something in between. I try to capture this movement in nature, for example from the cell to the plant and back, without holding on to it. I try to depict the state and the movement at the same time, the drifting apart and the coming back together and the form in between.
For me, this instability and movement are two sides of the same coin and the coin itself.”

Iris Lam / the Netherlands / Illustrator, writer, animations
https://www.irislam.nl/

Iris Lam is an interdisciplinary artist. She writes, illustrates and makes animations.
Her drawings and animations are always recognizable by that one typical face :). Her main aim is to discuss sensitive topics such as female sexuality, sex work, hygiene (or the lack thereof), climate justice, fear and death. She is currently working on ‘The Bond for the Fearless’, a book about fear for children aged ten and older.

APRIL 2024

Arne Ingvaldsen/ Norway / Sculpture
https://arneingvaldsen.no/

Arne Ingvaldsen (1947) is educated at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen, and NTNU, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Trondheim.
He has participated in many individual and group exhibitions at home and abroad, such as Kunsthuset Kabuso, gallery USF, Bergen, Trøndelag center for contemporary art, and LIAlab, Bogota, Columbia.
Ingvaldsen’s work has been purchased for a number of public spaces such as the Working Arbeidsmiljøinstituttet, Oslo, Børstad idrettspark / Sport Arena, Hamar municipality, and Idda Arena, Kristiansand.

Mayumi Okabayashi/ Japan-Berlin / Drawings
https://www.mayumi-o.com/

Mayumi lives and works as a freelance artist in Berlin and Osaka. After studying design at Kyoto Seika University in 1995, Okabayashi studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1997 to 2004 with Alfonso Hüppi and later with Klaus Rinke, with whom she completed her studies as a master student. She works in the areas of drawing, painting and installation. Her works are regularly represented at international exhibitions.

“When you look at my pictures, you might imagine cells or plants, light or shadow or some other element of nature. This fluid form allows them to be anything, or something in between. I try to capture this movement in nature, for example from the cell to the plant and back, without holding on to it. I try to depict the state and the movement at the same time, the drifting apart and the coming back together and the form in between.
For me, this instability and movement are two sides of the same coin and the coin itself.”

Juna Wesley / USA / Printmaking
https://www.junawesley.com

My work aims to depict the underlying structures of the human experience, focusing on themes revolving around the subconscious mind, identity, and memory. I am interested in representing the complexities of perception and the transient realities that exist beneath the physical form. Primarily autobiographical, my work seeks to visualize internal environments or “dreamscapes” that are shaped by memories, dreams, thoughts, and emotions. I wish to depict the border between our inner and outer selves and the intricate interconnectivity of memory.

Iris Lam / the Netherlands / Illustrator, writer, animations
https://www.irislam.nl/

Iris Lam is an interdisciplinary artist. She writes, illustrates and makes animations.
Her drawings and animations are always recognizable by that one typical face :). Her main aim is to discuss sensitive topics such as female sexuality, sex work, hygiene (or the lack thereof), climate justice, fear and death. She is currently working on ‘The Bond for the Fearless’, a book about fear for children aged ten and older.

MARCH 2024

Iris Lam / the Netherlands / Illustrator, writer, animations
https://www.irislam.nl/

Iris Lam is an interdisciplinary artist. She writes, illustrates and makes animations.
Her drawings and animations are always recognizable by that one typical face :). Her main aim is to discuss sensitive topics such as female sexuality, sex work, hygiene (or the lack thereof), climate justice, fear and death. She is currently working on ‘The Bond for the Fearless’, a book about fear for children aged ten and older.

Kristina Kapeljuh / Austria / printmaker
https://www.kkapeljuh.com/

As a Ukrainian-born artist with a Bachelor’s degree from Edinburgh College of Art and a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in England, Kristina embraced continual mobility, having studied and worked in Scotland, Switzerland, and England.
Artist-in-residence experiences in Ukraine, Austria, Slovenia, Iceland, and Denmark further shaped her evolving practice.
“My work centers on the interplay of metamorphosis, movement, and fluidity—core concepts reflecting contemporary metaphysics and the dynamic patterns of materiality in flux. Utilizing a hybrid approach combining printmaking, intuitive drawing, and digital media, I explore the intricate relationships between materiality, time, and form. Currently, I am engaged in projects and exhibitions in both Austria and Denmark, the latter being affiliated with the Funen Printmaking Studio.”

Jamie Ashforth / Canada / Visual artist
https://www.jamieashforth.com/

Jamie Ashforth is a Canadian visual artist exploring new forms of connection through socially and environmentally engaged art making. Her experimental approaches to drawing, print, photography, and installation explore embodied experiences of transition.

Participatory, event-based practice is an emergent part of how she unpacks the relationship between what is temporal and tactile, and ways of generating kinship across distance.

Marianna Bruno / Italy / Painter and illustrator
https://www.marianna-bruno.com/

Marianna studied painting and illustration at the Libera Accademia d’Arte Novalia in Alba and specialized in engraving and art printing techniques at the Il Bisonte International School of Art Graphics in Florence.

She works strictly by hand with traditional techniques, in particular tempera, and the links and relationships between man, nature and culture find ample space in her works.

Marianna is an illustrator and author, collaborating with theater companies, museums, cultural associations and artist residencies. She also organizes and leads workshops and laboratories for adults and children.

FEBRUARY 2024

Niall Dooley / Ireland / visual artist
https://nialldooley.com/

Niall Dooley is a fine art practitioner from Ireland. He graduated from the National College for Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin in 2009, and has exhibited both in Ireland and Germany.
Niall Dooley’s practise is the composition and execution of figurative imagery, mainly in the form of graphic painting on board or canvas.
In the conception of the images he utilises composition arrangement, symbolic elements and sometimes surreal scenarios in creating pictorial narratives which often refer to themes around the human condition, and those around the moral imperatives of our current age.

Katharina Hamann / Germany / filmmaker
https://katharinawaisburd.de/

Katharina works as a freelance director, camerawoman and editor.
After graduating from high school, I first studied art history and classical archeology, and in 2006 I began studying film at the Beuth University of Technology.
In 2016 I received my diploma in documentary film/directing from the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy.

Jamie Ashforth / Canada / Visual artist
https://www.jamieashforth.com/

Jamie Ashforth is a Canadian visual artist exploring new forms of connection through socially and environmentally engaged art making. Her experimental approaches to drawing, print, photography, and installation explore embodied experiences of transition.

Participatory, event-based practice is an emergent part of how she unpacks the relationship between what is temporal and tactile, and ways of generating kinship across distance.

Marianna Bruno / Italy / Painter and illustrator
https://www.marianna-bruno.com/

Marianna studied painting and illustration at the Libera Accademia d’Arte Novalia in Alba and specialized in engraving and art printing techniques at the Il Bisonte International School of Art Graphics in Florence.

She works strictly by hand with traditional techniques, in particular tempera, and the links and relationships between man, nature and culture find ample space in her works.

Marianna is an illustrator and author, collaborating with theater companies, museums, cultural associations and artist residencies. She also organizes and leads workshops and laboratories for adults and children.

JANUARY 2024

Marion Tränkle / Germany / Performance
http://mariontraenkle.eu/

Marion Tränkle works in the field of performance art and design and is based in Amsterdam. Her work engages systems thinking, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and experimentation, integrating electronics and systems thinking into scenographies for stages.

Her visual scenarios deliberately negotiate the constructive tension between the carefully constructed and generative processes, between risk and responsibility, and between autonomous performance and human intervention.

Marcia Walker / Canada / Writer
http://www.marciawalker.ca/

Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended ReadsThe Chicago ReviewThe New QuarterlyFiddleheadThe New York TimesPRISM internationalRoomEVENTThe Globe and MailCBC radio, and elsewhere. Her work has been shortlisted for The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, PRISM’s fiction and non-fiction prize, and the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition.

A graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program in creative writing, she has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Saari, Yaddo, The Vermont Centre, and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canadian Council for the Arts.

Born in Shakespeare, Ontario, she has worked as a professional actor, a junior ranger, a bookseller, an intervenor, a yoga instructor, and a lawyer. Currently, she lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing online through the University of Toronto’s Continuing Education.

Marianna Bruno / Italy / Painter and illustrator
https://www.marianna-bruno.com/

Marianna studied painting and illustration at the Libera Accademia d’Arte Novalia in Alba and specialized in engraving and art printing techniques at the Il Bisonte International School of Art Graphics in Florence.

She works strictly by hand with traditional techniques, in particular tempera, and the links and relationships between man, nature and culture find ample space in her works.

Marianna is an illustrator and author, collaborating with theater companies, museums, cultural associations and artist residencies. She also organizes and leads workshops and laboratories for adults and children.

Tia Taylor Berry / Great Britain / Visual artist
tiamariataylorberry.com

Tia Taylor Berry is an esoteric arts practitioner living and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, born 1999 in Northumberland. Tia’s work exists as part of her spiritual practices, exploring her presented notion of spiritual space, dealing with notions of magic and the other. Though specialising in geometric abstraction and large scale installation Tia works across media to join material in the creation of one ‘entity’, an artwork which transcends the limitations of knowingness and conventional understanding into a space otherworldly wonder.

Exploring mediumistic techniques the work is created through an experienced shift in state of being, it exists as a recording of Tias connection to and encounters with her presented notion of spiritual space. Within these liminal spaces of the works creation Tia connects with that beyond the tangible, bridging the chasm between the material and the ethereal.

Tzu-Ning Chiang (Viola Chiang) / Taiwan/ photography and graphic printmaking
https://violatipia.wordpress.com/

Viola was born in Taipei, Taiwan, lives and works between Venice and Dublin. She works with various printmaking and handmade paper techniques made with natural materials. She is interested in ecosystems and researches how thinking like a geologist can help save the world.