Yesterday opened Denmark’s first Book Arts Center & Festival at Limfjord Center located in a former merchant house at Doverodde, Thy, a scenic, quite sparsely populated area in north-western Jutland. The place functions as a regional history museum and centre for nature and outdoor activities and is now also housing Doverodde Book Arts Festival.
The festival lasts Friday to Sunday and consists of an exhibition in the former stockhouse, an additional ”reading corner” with a (permanent) display of artists’ books, various workshops in paper folding, marbling art, pop-up books and other book related activies – and some lectures with capacities from GB as Sarah Bodmann and Tom Sowden from UWE in Bristol.
I attended Sarah’s talk on artists’ books the other day, it was really exciting and informative – although it took place in a rather primitive setting – a tent – while outside it was more than windy. Conditions were not optimal, to say at least, but she did it superbly!
A special gift was the exhibition of works made by the local artist Mogens Otto Nielsen. I´m totally on! Not only “on wavelength” but deeply related to the very way his works unfold and to his universe in general. We had the luck to meet and talk to the man himself. It really made my day – I hereby declare myself as instant ON fan!
Congratulations to Doverodde for a very good start of a hopefully strong and lasting series of Book Art Festivals in Denmark!