KUNST FÜR ANGELN BRINGS ART TO SCHOOLS
At the beginning of 2023, Christine Eisner, teacher at the Nordlicht Schule Süderbrarup and Ingrid Roosen-Trinks from the Kunst für Angeln association, presented a new cooperation. Original works of art on loan from the Roosen-Trinks Collection to schools with the aim of expanding art classes, inspiring children, making their own versions in workshops and giving their imagination new inspiration! The association plans to show the resulting children’s artworks separately in autumn 2023 and make them available to the public.
Photo: Cindy Schmädecker
Artists ©️Henrik Becker
A school becomes a museum:
contemporary art comes to Süderbrarup
The association KUNST FÜR ANGELN and the Nordlicht Schule Süderbrarup presented an art premiere at the beginning of 2023 on 11 January in Angeln, the northernmost region of Schleswig-Holstein: The students do not go out to see art but art comes to school.
On January 11, 2023 the school director Wolfgang Schäfing, art teacher Christine Eisner and the board of the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V., Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, presented an exhibition of contemporary art in the corridors of the Nordlicht School with works by the young Flensburg artists Henrik Becker and Thore Bernstein as well as the internationally renowned object – and installation artist Carsten Höller.
The school as a learning environment thus becomes a meeting place for all pupils of this primary school in Süderbrarup – made possible by loans from the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V.
Art teacher Christine Eisner asserts: “We are excited to see how our students will adopt this new form of art education on site. In any case, we hope to get inspirations for creative ideas and thoughts, it is therefore an extension of our art classes outside the classroom. “
Director Schäfing: “In a world that is dominated by moving images and with its speed robs us of more time than it’s giving us. Contemplating and dealing with contemporary art offers the opportunity to pause, to take time for creative thoughts, emotions and new perspectives – and thus to broaden the horizon. We see this new art cooperation as an extension of our educational offers and are pleased to have the artworks with us until Easter 2023. “
Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, member of the board of the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V.: “One year ago, we founded our association KUNST FÜR ANGELN, with the aim of helping students, young persons, seniors and all people, who live, work and go to school in Angeln, allowing access to contemporary art simply and easily – including exhibitions at the Wittkielhof, workshops with artists and social projects.
Thanks to the ROOSEN-TRINKS collection, we are also making it possible now to experience contemporary art live on site – in this case in the Nordlicht primary school – in the heart of Angeln. We want to offer this offer to other schools in the region.”
The premiere in Süderbrarup was a complete success and the first comments of the students aged 6 – 10 show how diverse and different art can work and how much the imagination and creative thinking is stimulated.
For example, the children’s comments on Thore Bernstein’s photo work “Wasserturm”: – A giant drum as a dwarf sees it, or a plant that has grown very quickly, or a blue corridor with a magic door.
When asked who would like to become an artist later on, spontaneously 11 fingers up. The art world does not have to worry about a shortage of young talent for the time being.
By mid-April 2023, the artworks had been integrated into school lessons and invited to get inspired during breaks and workshops. The results will be presented in an exhibition in autumn 2023vby the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN.
„SECUNDA“: THE Nordlicht- Schule HOSTS ART FOR THE SECOND TIME
The ART FOR ANGELN association and the Nordlicht-School in Süderbrarup opened on April 26 2023 at 10:30 am the second art exhibition with paintings of contemporary art from the ROOSEN-TRINKS Collection.
The artworks shown are by Hendrik Becker, Ulla von Brandenburg, Atsushi Kaga and Carol Wates.
The art teacher Christine Eisner stated: “After very successful 3 months with the first loans of artworks from the collection Roosen-Trinks we were able to find that the children of all classes do not longer want to miss the paintings and the resulting artworks done by the students are ready for an exhibition, after having been presented with the originals! Therefore, we are pleased that we can now enrich our art lessons with further loans”
“The association KUNST FÜR ANGELN and I are proud and happy to give the children another opportunity to turn their creativity and imagination into art! The results of the children’s art will be shown in our planned KINDER KUNST CLUB ANGELN from October on the WITTKIELHOF.,” said Ingrid Roosen- Trinks.
Headmaster Wolfgang Schäfing: “Thanks to the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN, who made these loans possible for the second time! Original contemporary art in school represents an enrichment of school life and teaching.”
The exhibition was musically opened by Natalie Gudow, who plays the violin passionately and is a dedicated violin teacher of the regional Schleswig-Flensburg Music School.
In this way, pictures can also be created in the head through the music.
ART OVERCOMES BOUNDARIES
On April 16th, 2023 the opening of the exhibition ART OVERCOMES BOUNDARIES took place, with the participation of 30 artists from Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein.
In 2022, it has been 25 years that the districts of Nordfriesland and Schleswig-Flensburg/ Angeln and the city of Flensburg signed the first cooperation agreement with the Sønderjylland administration. The constituent meeting for the Sønderjylland-Schleswig region took place in September 1997.
An agreement was signed in which the members committed themselves to implement joint activities that promote development in the region and at the same time closer contacts between the population, the economic activities and the associations on both sides of the border, as well as to intensify “cooperation across the border”.
After its foundation in 2022, the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V., therefore, has committed itself to supporting and strengthening the ties and friendships with Denmark through art cooperations and art exhibitions. With artists and musicians from Denmark and Germany through exhibitions, workshops, social projects and music festivals at the Wittkielhof in the Schlei region/ Schleswig-Holstein.
This includes programs for children, students and senior citizens from the Schleswig-Flensburg region.
It started in October 2022 with an initiative of the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V. – with students of the Bernstorff-Gymnasium Satrup in Angeln and seniors from South Jutland. Together, the pilot project “ART OVERCOMES BOUNDARIES” was launched, which has been continued and expanded in April 2023.
Works by artists from Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein, all of which are represented in the Roosen-Trinks Collection, were exhibited at the Wittkielhof by the association KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V.
From April 16th, 2023, senior citizens and students from Angeln started to experience the exhibition together, getting to know artists personally and exchange ideas on the art experience on site.
The exhibition closed on May 14th, 2023.
The pilot project started in early October 2022 in Sønderborg with a trip to a German/Danish art exhibition at the Sønderborg Art School under the direction of the artist Thomas Lunau and ended at the end of October with a visit to the Roosen-Trinks Collection at the WITTKIELHOF in Angeln, where an exclusive preview was presented with works of art by artists from Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein.
This exhibition was a preview of what was being shown at the WITTKIELHOF from April till May 2023.
In total, about 100 works of art were shown – from painting to photography, collages to sculptures by a total of 30 artists.
Some of the exhibited works were dealing with the topics that fundamentally determine our current everyday life such as environmental awareness, sustainability, resilience.
Art demands and feeds on creativity.
In the exhibition ART OVERCOMES BOUNDARIES 2023, artists showed with their art ways to overcome the limits of our thinking. Because they go new ways, free from existing thought structures and patterns and enable us to think anew. Using environmentally friendly, recyclable materials and future-oriented content.
If you ask artists whether our planet can be saved, most say YES.
Joseph Beuys already said: “Only art can change life”
A part of this social project has already happened October 2022 in connection with a meeting of students and senior citizens!
KUNST FÜR ANGELN e.V., has invited 4 students of the Bernstorff Gymnasium in Satrup, in the heart of Anglia, to make it “their” project.
1st part started October 5th, 2nd part followed October 25th, 2022