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Nordicomics Youth! exhibition in Helsinki 9.–26.11.2014

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in NC Youth BLOG, Our Blogs

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Nordicomics Youth! exhibition
Dates: 9.–26.11.2014
Venue: Comics Center, Hämeentie 150, Helsinki

Finnish Comics Society organised the first Nordicomics Youth! comics camp for young artists in August 2014 at Luukki camp center, Espoo. Ten artists aged between 18–25 years from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Estonia took part in the camp. During their week-long stay the young artists worked on their own comics stories guided by Finnish professional artists. Gallery Sarjakuvakeskus is proud to present the finished stories and the working process of the camp now in an exhibition of its own.

The exhibition presents works by Johanne Eikå Bergill, Ida Eva Neverdahl and Jofrid Sandgren Østenstad from Norway, Jennie Sörensen and Sara Hernoldson from Sweden, Ina Rosberg and Yrtti Taivaloja from Finland and Leore Klyszejko from Estonia.

The Nordicomics Youth! camp was organised by the Finnish Comics Society and received support from Nordic Children’s and Youth Committee – NORDBUK.

Illustration credits: Ida Eva Neverdahl

www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi
www.kulturkontaktnord.org

CUNE CiR artist selections for 2013, 2nd round

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Our Blogs

Applications for residencies in summer and autumn 2013 are now closed! There were over 50 excellent applications this round, among which the residence coordinators chose the following 7 artists:

Helsinki, Finland: Matt Boyce (UK), Dace Sietina (LV) and Max Baitinger (DE)
Riga, Latvia: Emmi Valve (FI)
Tallinn, Estonia: Kathrin Klingner (DE)
Malmö, Sweden: Valentine Gallardo and Mathilde Vangheluwe (BE)

We thank all applicants who took part this round, and would like to remind you that the next application round for 2014 is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2013. So look forward to that!

Workshop time!

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog

Students of Myndlistaskólinn hard at work

The first NC Islands workshop was all about truth and lies, and how to use them to create interesting comics! First year students of Reykjavík School of Visual Arts spent the day telling stories about brave warriors, toilet mishaps in space and absurd tragedies about letting go of a loved one. An auspicious start for this spring’s tour!

In other news, more news about the exhibition opening! Here’s the actual newsreel with RUV’s report on the exhibition.

Nordicomics Islands exhibition opening in Reykjavik

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog

The Nordicomics Islands exhibition was unveiled for the first time yesterday at the Reykjavik City Library! A steady stream of comics-curious people flowed into the exhibition space all afternoon, and the event caught the attention of the Icelandic media, including several newspapers – and the national broadcasting service RUV even came to interview us for the 7 PM news! If you know your Icelandic, you can read a written article of the interview at their website.


Residence artist Josefin Svenske presenting her work


Hugleikur Dagsson introducing his work

You can find more photos on the Facebook page of the City Library!

Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North 12.1.–10.2.2013

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog, Our Blogs


Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North
Exhibition open 12th January–10th February, 2013
Venue: Reykjavík City Library, Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavík

Nordicomics Islands showcases the diversity of Nordic comics and contemporary influential and up-and-coming artists of the region. The exhibition comics revolve around the themes of distances and differences between places and people, an outsider’s view on the world and the historical and emotional landscape of the North, always through the personal viewfinder of each artist. In Nordicomics Islands, the Northern comics mentality takes on many guises, ranging from poetic, understated emotion to reveling, grotesque absurdity.

Artists in the exhibition:
Mari Ahokoivu (FI), Lene Ask (NO), Hugleikur Dagsson (IS), Nuka K. Godtfredsen (GL), Eeva Meltio (FI), Søren Mosdal (DK), Linus Strandberg (AX), Josefin Svenske (SE)

Nordicomics Islands will travel through the island capitals Reykjavík, Nuuk, Mariehamn and Tórshavn during spring 2013. Tour schedule and more information can be found here.

Nordicomics Islands is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund and the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Reykjavík exhibition is organized by the Finnish Comics Society together with the Reykjavík City Library.

Poster artwork by Josefin Svenske

NORDICOMICS BALTIC EXHIBITION AT THE HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in News

Place:
Cultur Center Stoa
Turunlinnantie 1, Helsinki

Dates:
4th–23rd Sept, opening Monday 3rd Sept 18:00

In 2011–2012 Nordicomics organised a Baltic tour that started from Tallinn and travelled through Riga to Vilnus, making also a detour in Hungary at the 8th International Comics Festival of Budapest in May. Finally in September 2012, the Baltic exhibition will be part of the Helsinki Comic Festival showcasing contemporary comics from the Northern and Baltic countries.

Nordic comics cultures have many similar traits. The field of comics is lively, active and international in all Northern countries and new artists and publishers are constantly emerging. However the artists still often remain unknown outside their own countries. Nordicomics gives these artists a possibility to showcase their artwork and network across the borders.

Artists in the exhibition:
Emmi Valve (FIN), Joonas Lehtimäki (FIN), Joakim Ojanen (SWE), Hanna Gustavsson (SWE), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Martin Zutis (LAT), Esben S. Titland (NOR), Kristoffer Kjølberg (NOR), Rikke Bakman (DK), Mikkel Sommer (DK), Kristel Maamägi (EST), Joonas Sildre (EST), Yoshi (LIT), Akvile Miseviciute (LIT)

Nordicomics is supported by the Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund. Nordicomics Baltic Tour was organised by the Finnish Comics Society in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Kuš!komikss and Kitokia Grafika.

Visit the Helsinki Comics Festival website:
sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi

Image by: Mikkel Sommer

NORDICOMICS BALTIC VILNA EXHIBITION 4.–30.6.2012

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Events, Exhibitions, News, Workshops

Place:
Comics Center Helsinki / Sarjakuvakeskus
Hämeentie 150, Helsinki
Finland

Nordicomics Baltic Tour ended in Lithuania last week. In this last workshop the participants created comics naturally about Vilnius. The theme inspired stories about such diverse subjects as the local unusual celebrities and dreams of becoming a Lithuanian lottery winner.

Comics Center Helsinki presents comics originals from the workshop. The exhibition will be open all June. Artists featured include Egle Vitkute and Egle Shaltmira from Lithuania, Ingrida Picukane and Martins Zutis from Latvia and Maura Manninen from Finland.

The Vilnius workshop was a collaboration with Kitokia Grafika and was funded by Nordic Culture Point.

www.kitokiagrafika.lt
www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi

Contact for more information:
Maura Manninen, Nordicomics coordinator
maura.manninen@sarjakuvaseura.fi

Nordicomics and its projects are funded by Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Children's and Youth Committee – NORDBUK, and the Finnish Comics Society. All images are the copyright of their respective owners.