The past two weeks, working as Artist in Residence at Bergby Konstcenter, has been very inspiring, productive, thought provoking and down right good fun! As you will have seen through the last 13 posts, the arts centre itself is a beautiful and inspirational place, based in an idyllic part of rural Sweden but also in easy access of Stockholm, Uppsala and other fantastic places to visit.
Visitors to the exhibition were welcomed with cake, as part of an afternoon tea party!
The last day of the exhibition was busy with visitors, many taking part and making ‘Green Pledges’ for me to sew into mini pennants when I return to England – written in Swedish and English.
Afternoon tea party to celebrate the final day of the residency, organised by Helen and John.
As part of the residency, it had always been planned to parade the larger pennants up into the Bergby woods and hang them with the ‘Green Pennants’ as the closing part of the exhibition. This seemed only fitting, as it is an environmentally charged work about the planet and our job as ‘caretaker’s’ of it.
Getting ready to parade the pennants to the woods…
Deeper into the woods…
‘Sea Juggernaut’ pennant.
Hanging up the ‘Life giving bee’ pennant in the trees.
‘Life giving bee’, ‘Haxors Trosor’ and ‘Sea Juggernaut’ pennant hanging in the trees at Bergby woods.
Me, about to start hanging up the ‘Green Pledges’.
Once the larger pennants had been hung, we then hung the ‘Green Pledges’ which had been made so far as part of this environmental art project. Most of these pieces had been pledges by people from Newcastle, but there were also a few new ones from Sweden.
‘Green Pledges’ hanging in the Bergby woods.
More detailed view of some of the ‘Green Pledges’.
‘Green Pledges’ blowing in the wind.
Besides fueling and developing new ideas, working as Artist in Residence at Bergby Konstcenter, talking to Helen and John, and to the visitors to the exhibition, it has made me realise that I don’t want to finish this project but to continue with the ideas and ethos which has evolved from my time in Sweden. I have always fully intended to finish the now 50 plus ‘Green Pledges’ and to exhibit them in other places but I also wish to encourage more people to be part of this project and to either in writing make a pledge and/or make it into a textile piece which can be hung side by side with the others. Within each of these pledges, people – young and old – have raised important environmental issues and thought about how they can help address them in a small way.
‘Green Pledges’ flying from a Suffolk bridge following my return to England.
I would like to thank Helen, John and their lovely family, who made us all for so welcome and comfortable in their arts centre and home, and for giving me this fantastic opportunity to be part of their work.