September 17 - 22, 2018



Hands of Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir (IS)

NORDIC HANDS is a meeting of experts in thinking through materials. With the laboratory as the focal point, 16 Nordic artists/craftspeople and ‘art writers’ will work together practically and theoretically for a week in September at Godsbanen in Aarhus. 

In well arranged workshop sessions the participants will exchange and clarify working processes, materiality and artistic modes of expression. The participants will make short presentations in ongoing open sessions to which we invite practitio¬ners, presenters, communicators and people from creative courses for the young in Aarhus. An exhibition of work and workshop photos will be shown in the Production Corridor. The process will be documented concurrently in writing and with photo material for a publication and further promotion of the project and the symposium.

We conclude the process with a public symposium with contributions from artists, theoreticians and presenters, elucidating in depth artistic idioms, perceptions and the communication of material- and craft-based art and ‘art writing’. Physical laboratory results will be included.

Press Release: PDF (english / dansk)

Download high-res images here


Remisen Godsbanen

Sept 17.  9:30 – 10:45 am

Sept 18.  9:30 – 10:45 am

Sept 19.  9:30 – 12:00 am

Artist talks program (PDF)


September 22. 10 am - 5 pm

Remisen Godsbanen

Symposium program (PDF)

Admission 100 kr. including lunch.

Registration reqired:


Saana Murtti, ceramicist (FI)

Mikkel B. Tin, philosopher (NO)

Trude Johansen, artist (NO)

Magnus Bärtås, art writer (SE)

Lise Skytte Jacobsen, Associate Profesor, Art History Aarhus University (DK)

Mårten Medbo, ceramicist (SE) 


September 13. – 30. 

Foyer & Production Wing, Godsbanen

Opening September 30. 16:00 - 18:00

From September 13.-30 you can experience an exhibition of work and workshop photos in the Foyer and Production Wing. In the exhibition the artists show photos of their studios, their working hands and their works.


September 16. – 21.

Participating artists and art-writers


John K. Raustein

Trude Johansen

Anna Talbot


Petter Hellsing

Moa Håkansson

Mårten Medbo

Magnus Bärtås


Saana Murtti

Anna Rikkinen

Jussi Järvinen


Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir

Rósa Sigrún Jónsdóttir


Kamilla Jørgensen

Jacob Juhl

Sanne Ransby

Mariko Wada


The project has been arranged, implemented and managed as part of the HINT project in collaboration with Project Art Writing and with sparring from the Aarhus Visual Arts Centre, John Raustein and Saana Murtti.

The project is based at Godsbanen, the old railway goods station, which is the ideal setting with fine workshop facilities and assistants in all the areas mentioned as well as others.

NORDIC HANDS is financially supported by:

Nordic Culture Fund

Nordic Culture Point

Danish Arts Foundation

City of Aarhus