Our 7th operational management team meeting (OMT) took place in Akureyri Iceland from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th May 2017. At the same time Vaka Folk Arts Festival took place at Hof Cultural Center. This festival was the event chosen to be Iceland’s Creative Hotspot and participants from Ireland, Sweden and Finland were supported by ‘a creative momentum project’ to take part.
The OMT meeting, that was hosted by Eything, The Cultural Council of North East Iceland, was attended by project staff from all other project partners including Lapland University of Applied Sciences from Finland, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council from Northern Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway from Ireland, Technichus Science Centre from Sweden and the Western Development Commission from Ireland.
During the meeting there were discussions on all ongoing activities of the project, what has been achieved in the first two years and what is planned for the year ahead. There is a very busy workplan of activities coming up over the next year.
While in Akureyri we had a chance to visit the shared creative space Art Ak, which is one of the spaces involved in ‘a creative momentum project’ activity Network of Shared Creative Spaces. Thora Karlsdottir artist, who is managing the space, welcomed the team and showed us around. The space is quite open, with walls on wheels that can be moved around easily. At the moment there are two artists with studios and one guest artist who we also had the chance to meet. At the space there is also a gallery, where the residents exhibit their work as well as a few other artists.
After the meeting on Wednesday, we went for a guided tour at Akureyri Art Museum. The guide was the museum’s educational representative Guðrún Pálína Guðmundsdóttir. Guðrún is also an artist and curator of one of the exhibitions ‘Creation of Childhood’, which is a cooperation between artists and school children from ages two to sixteen, with the theme of the shore, in a broad sense. She also guided us through the exhibition ‘The Personal Collection’ by Aðalsteinn Þórsson, which is a long-term project where the artist collects casual leftovers from his personal consumption.
On Thursday, the team attended the seminar organized through the Vaka Festival on the theme of the role of folk music festivals and their influence on traditional music. In the evenings, the project team also had a chance to enjoy the many events of Vaka Festival and hear traditional and folk music from Norway, Estonia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden and of course, Iceland!