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The Dalir og hólar Art Exhibition Project
(Project Valleys and hills)

The main impetus for the project is the participating artists’ desire to engage in discourse with the people of this beautiful yet remote area, to contribute to local culture, and to imbibe the area’s spectacular scenery. A second impetus is to encourage tourists and other visitors to come enjoy the landscape and culture of the Breiðafjörður region. The exhibition sites are at different locations in the area of Reykhólacommune and Dalacommune. The exhibition invites visitors to travel around the area through the positioning of the work in different locations, – and a map of the area; a guidebook and a catalogue for the exhibition.

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2008

Art Exhibition Project in West Iceland
Contributing Artists:
Eric Hattan, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir ,Hreinn Friðfinnsson,
Magnús Pálsson, Kristinn G. Harðarson, Sigurður Guðjónsson,
Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Thóra Sigurðardóttir

Dalir og Hólar is an exhibition project that uses abandoned spaces at six eclectic sites in western Iceland, on the Breiðafjörður bay. The main impetus for the project is the participating artists’ desire to engage in discourse with the people of this remote area, to contribute to local culture, and to imbibe the area’s spectacular scenery. A second impetus is to encourage tourists and other visitors to come enjoy the landscape and culture of the Breiðafjörður region. The exhibition sites are at Króksfjarðarnes; Saurbær; Tjaldanes; Tindar; and, on the Skarðsströnd shore, Nýp; and lastly Röðull in Skarðsströnd, the abandoned meetinghouse of the Skarðsströnd local community. The exhibition invites visitors to travel around the area through the strategical positioning of the work in different locations, and a map of the area; a guidebook and a catalogue for the exhibition. Curators Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir and Kristinn G. Harðarson.

The Valleys and hills-Project 2008 is made possible by the generous contribution of the Artists 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, Nýpurhyrna, Dala-Community and Reykhólar-Community.

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2009

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.
Dalir og Hólar 2010 – travel drawings  (Valleys and Hills 2010)

Art Exhibition Project in West Iceland
Contributing Artists:
Anna Guðjónsdóttir, Anne Thorseth, Dagbjört D. Thorlacius,
Helgi Thorgils Friðjónsson, Kristinn G. Harðarson, Kristín Rúnarsdottir,
Thorri Hringsson.

The exhibition continues the 2008 and 2009 Dalir and Hólar exhibition projects insofar as it, too, is meant to engage with the life of the area, forge local collaborations, and offer exhibition guests a tour of this fascinating region. Yet it also continues a distinct international tradition in visual art, for what these artists wish to present may be called travel-drawings, some form of record or narration of a journey—meditation, idea, actual travel—that portrays a journey and/or places visited. The exhibition thus follows in the spirit of the distinct tradition practiced by such artists as W.G. Collingwood and Ásgrímur Jónsson, both of whom sketched their travels in Iceland. Some artists who worked in this tradition made sketches as preparation for larger works; others simply fixing a scene in memory, while for still others this was a profession: etchings were made from their sketches and printed in the newspapers of the 19th century, or in travelogues pertaining to the country or region.
In the art and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, the meaning of ‘journey’ may be transposed: the journey in question may not be tangible but instead allude to a mental state or a displacement.

Breiðafjörður and Dalir have been home pasture to many artists, past and present, in childhood and during their life’s work. The vibrant natural setting, abundant animal life, culture, and history of the region still provide a deep wellspring for new work and innovation in the arts. Curators: Thora Sigurdardottir, Kristinn Hardarson, Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson

Dalir & hólar – travel drawings  2010
is made possible by the generous contribution of the Artists participating – and by the support of the local people of the area, The Cultural Council of West Iceland, The Cultural Council of the Westfjords, Kultur Kontakt Nord Scandinavia, Statens Kunstfond Denmark
Ólafsdalsfélagið, Sauðfjársetur, The Local Museum Laugar Sælingsdal, Nýpurhyrna, Dala-Community and Reykhólar-Community.