Art Exhibition Project in West Iceland

Contributing Art-&Crafts people:
Hafsteinn Aðalsteinsson og Aðalsteinn Valdimarsson
Guðjón Kristinsson & Rúnar Karlsson
Guðjón Ketilsson
Hannes Lárusson
Hildur Bjarnadóttir
Hlynur Helgason
Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir
Unnar Örn J. Auðarson
Thóra Sigurðardóttir

Dalir – hólar – handverk 2009 is an exhibition project taking place in the west of Iceland, in Dalir, by Breiðafjörður bay and in Strandir. Its purpose is to establish co-operation between the local people and visiting artists in dialogue on handicraft and art. The natural and cultural specificity of the area is the source material for the work. The old building of the former Agricultural College in Ólafsdalur (www.olafsdalur.is) and its surroundings is the central location for the exhibition. The college was on the borders of the three shires that the exhibition addresses and was, while it operated, funded by them. This is the reason this particular building has been chosen as the center of the project, connecting key places in the neighboring areas.

The inspiration for the project is an urge to partake in the culture of the area, to shed light on objects of cultural value, to engage in discourse with the local population and to encourage guests to study the environment and culture of the provinces of Vesturland and Vestfirðir. The venues for the exhibition are 4: The former Agricultural College in Ólafsdalur, The Sheep Museum at Sævangur in Steingrímsfjörður (http://www.strandir.is/saudfjarsetur/enska-index.html). The Folk Museum at Laugar in Sælingsdalur, and Breiðafjörður Ship Museum (http://batasmidi.is/) at Reykhólar. The exhibition invites visitors to travel around the area through the positioning of the work in four different locations, and a map of the area; also a guidebook / a catalogue for the exhibition. Curators Hildur Bjarnadóttir and Thóra Sigurðardóttir

The Valleys and hills-Project 2009 is made possible by the generous contribution of the Art- and Craftspeople participating – and by the support of the local people of the area, The Cultural Council of West Iceland, The Cultural Council of the Westfjords, Ólafsdalsfélagið, Sauðfjársetur, The Local Museum Laugar Sælingsdal, Nýpurhyrna, Dala-Community and Reykhólar-Community.