The first New Nordic Art exhibitions were successfully launched in 2010 at Voksenåsen Gallery in Oslo and at Berns Salonger in Stockholm. These exhibitions featured a diverse range recognized art from multicultural artists that live in the Nordic region.
The artists selected reside in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Their country of origin includes Costa Rica, China, Israel, France, Palestine, Haiti/Switzerland, USA, UK, Lebanon, and Japan. The exhibitions were complemented by high quality catalogs that told the story of the artists.
New Nordic Art is aiming to become a biannual art exhibition in the Nordic region.
Designed and implemented by the Leadership Foundation, the exhibition will feature the work of individuals who have moved to the Nordic region from other countries. Through their paintings, photographs and sculptures, it will present a new and emerging Nordic identity.
To be an actor in the multicultural debate, through creating an art grant program and exhibition, which will tour the Nordic countries.
The aim of New Nordic Art is to promote the artist’s work to a large, prominent public and to contribute to an increased understanding and awareness of the different cultural perspectives within the artistic world. New Nordic Art will also commission a piece of art that will reflect the multicultural reality in the Nordic region through the eyes of the artist.
New Nordic Art has this year chosen to focus on the photography and video art genre. Our wish is to focus on one art genre each exhibiting year. For the New Nordic Art exhibition in 2013, 3 multicultural artists will be selected, and will receive a grant. One of the artists will also be asked to commission a piece of art. The artists will be showcased in an exhibition that will be featured in prominent venues in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
In our context we use the term multicultural as a noun to describe the multiple cultures of the artists. Our focus in New Nordic Art is to highlight artists that have immigrated to the Nordic region.
There is a need to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the contribution of multicultural artists to a new Nordic identity.
A key focus in New Nordic Art will be outreach to the “new Nordic” community in each exhibiting country. By outreach we mean our effort to increase the availability of the exhibit to the “new Nordic” community. This will bring new audience to the exhibiting location and create an arena for interaction. Outreach will be implemented in partnership with immigrant groups and organizations in each Nordic country.