Aarhus Billedkunstcenter (Denmark) and New Art West Midlands Engine* are delighted to present the second edition of Traverse – Connecting International Art Communities. Traverse is a research programme that promotes critical dialogue about artists’ working conditions through long-distance communication between visual artists and arts organisations from all over the world.

Joanne Masding, New Rehang (series 3), 2016. Pages from book ‘The British Museum’, sparkling laser hologram clear rhino skin car wrap vinyl, plaster


Artists Joanne Masding (UK) and Mette Boel (DK) have been selected to begin a dialogue exploring the impact of peripheral geographies on artists’ working lives. The selection panel were impressed with the strength and curiosity of their proposed approaches to the topic and the fruitful research possibilities that these conversations might offer.

Like the West Midlands, the city of Aarhus in Denmark’s Central Jutland region, is geographically removed from the country’s cultural capital; Copenhagen boasts a higher concentrations of artists, arts institutions, funding pools and other vital resources. Over the next five weeks, Masding and Boel will discuss these issues online and in person, asking if and how working outside of the capital as cultural hotspot might offer up different opportunities for local artists.

Mette Boel ‘Simulacrum (Artist Portraits)’ 2016, kh7artspace. H: 400 cm x B:100 cm x 5. Digital collage on Tricot, metal pipes, yellow nylon string, metal hooks.


For more information on Traverse and Aarhus Billedkunstcenter, please visit aabkc.dk/page/traverse


*Engine is the artist and curator professional development programme led by New Art West Midlands and The New Art Gallery Walsall.


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