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Published: 2014-05-06

Final for international collaboration on self-portraits

NEWS To make a self-portrait can be a way to get to know yourself. During two years, Bildmuseet in Sweden collaborated with art schools in Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Latvia to develop art educational methods involving the use of self-portraits.

Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9 we conclude and present the work in an exhibition and one day public symposium.

Journalists are warmly welcome to join in at any time during these days. We look forward to hear from you and to know when you want to join. We also take requests to book for interviews, photo sessions and filming.

Thursday, May 8 at 16:00: Opening

The exhibition display photography, sculpture, collage and a slideshow from the workshops held in five different locations in Europe, including Umeå. With different artistic techniques and methods, people of different ages tell us about themselves. On Thursday afternoon at 16:00, some twenty representatives from the various countries will be present in the exhibition to tell you more. Welcome!

Friday, May 9th 9:00 to 18:00: Seminar on self-portrait

On Friday, some fifty educators, artists, photographers and other interested parties will be at Bildmuseet. They will get to know more and be inspired by the work with self-portraits for different target groups within the international project. Representatives from Turku, Tallinn, Riga, Dublin and Umeå will explain how the project took shape in the various locations. Artist Elina Brothérus from Finland presents her art along with the self-portrait workshop for artists she led in Riga. During the afternoon, participants make their own self-portraits under the guidance of artist Pia Bartsch and photographer Vesa Aaltonen.

The two-year project Contemporary self-portraits is funded by the EU Culture Programme. The project participants are Bildmuseet, Sweden; Turku Arts Academy, Finland; Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia; International Summer School of Photography, Latvia and the School of Art and Design, Ireland.

Supporting the operation and arrangement in Umeå, Bildmuseet collaborated with local partners such as Region Västerbotten, Aesthetic subjects in teacher education at Umeå University as well as Idean and Cultural Centre for Children and Youth, Umeå Municipality. The project has largely been directed at pre-school teachers and children from kindergartens in Umeå and will conclude with a family celebration with self-portrait outside Bildmuseet during the Culture Night on Saturday, May 24.

For further information, please contact

Lisa Lundström, Curator of Educationlisa.lundstrom@bildmuseet.umu.se
090-786 7012

Editor: Helena Vejbrink