I’ve been thinking a lot about the art world recently, maybe even more than about the art itself. When I go to art galleries or to art museums I have started to look at the way the works are placed within the space and what kind of atmosphere they create and what makes that possible; is it the colours that are used...
The first settlers in Akureyri (the largest town in the north) were Helgi magri and Þórunn hyrna. Their story is a good record on the religion of the Icelandic settlers in general. Helgi magri (Helgi the slim) was both a Christian and Heathen. His farm had the name of Kristnes but on the way over from Norway he and his wife prayed to the Thunder God Thor for good weather and guidance to shore. Helgi continued to be a Christian on land and Heathen at sea. It was more convenient that way.
“Everyone in Iceland is an artist” an American artist said to me two years ago. She said that anyone she met in Iceland, does some sort of art, either professionally or not. She says that we write, make music or craft-work. But do we know that and do we see it? Do we appreciate it? Do we understand what it means?
Creative Iceland recently got an award from the Creative Tourism Network® for Best Creative Experience 2015. Creative tourism is based on travelers actively partaking in artistic and creative activities together with locals. Responsibility and sustainability defines this emerging sector that aims for the cooperation of locals and travelers visiting the country.