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Art Residency programs
Hjorths Fabrik offers both AiR for professional artists as well as internships for aspiring ceramicists.
Hjorths Fabrik creates artworks and stoneware using clay extracted from Bornholm's nature and traditional techniques.
We are dedicated to encourage and evolve artistic exchange on Bornholm and internationally, which is why we offer two types of programs.
What to expect from the programs
A program for the professional artist working on their own project next to Hjorths Fabrik's production and a program for the student or ceramicists who wants to learn working with production and processes as well as communicating with guests.
It is important to know that Hjorths Fabrik is a working museum. That means that the workshop and your workstation is open for visitors and you are expected to engage with the visitors' questions about your work and process.
We aim to keep the museum open for visitors all year-round, however the summer season is the busiest.
The facilities offered are mainly shared; the factory has an open workshop environment and the rooms share kitchen and bathrooms. Hjorths Fabrik provides materials throughout the stay.
By the artist in residence program we aim to build up new relations between Danish and international artists and the ceramic art scene as well as crafts in Denmark.
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Artist in residence program
We offer a unique stay for mutually inspiration and artistic approaches in our newly renovated accommodation.
Artist in residence is a program for the professional Danish or international artist working with ceramics. It is an opportunity to have a creative space, to network and be inspired from the works and traditions from the factory that has existed since 1859.
You will have your own separated workstation at your disposal, however all workshops are open for visitors.
"A unique immersive and enriching experience! One that allows you to travel into the local history and traditions of ceramics. As well as to connect with the people working at the factory (then and now) who in my opinion, are the heart of Hjorths Fabrik"
- Jessica Liliana Rios Gomez, Dec. 2020
Learn more about the ceramicist Jessica Liliana Rios Gomez on Instagram.
Want to become an artist in residence?
As an AiR we expect you to be open to cooperating and sharing knowledge to the art scene on Bornholm.
To receive the AiR program you must be a professional artist, donate two artworks; one existing piece and one created during the residency, and to make a contribution to the local community on Bornholm during your stay e.g. an artist talk or event.
This program is for you who want to start a new project in a vibrant and inspiring environment. There are no requirements for the purpose of your stay or your project as long as the project is able to run alongside Hjorths Fabrik's production.
Hjorths Fabrik will provide you with accommodation, materials throughout your stay, and a creative space in historic buildings to create your next project.
"At arbejde på Hjorths Fabrik er en enestående mulighed for en transhistorisk dialog med 160 års dansk keramiktradition.
De arbejder jeg har lavet på Hjorths har klart taget farve - både teknisk og kunstnerisk - af omgivelserne.
Følelsen at være et led i en kæde af keramiske formgivere er konstant nærværende og inspirerende”
- Michael Geertsen, Dec. 2020.
See more from the Danish ceramic artist Michael Geertsen on Instagram.
Apply for artist in residence
Please send your application including CV, five photos of your artworks, description of your purpose of the stay / description of your project of max one page no later than four months before the applied period.
You can live and work as an artist in residence at Hjorths Fabrik for a period of three months; either March-April-May or September-October-November. However, we may agree otherwise if you have individual wishes.
Hjorths Fabrik is happy to offer internships for 4th semester students at School of Design's Craft Program - Glass and Ceramics in Nexø and students from other recognized design or craft schools. However, this is not a requirement to be accepted.
As an intern you will be included in our production and have fixed tasks organized in collaboration with the other employees at Hjorths Fabrik.
During the stay you will become acquainted with various ceramic processes, freehand throwing - glazing - slip casting, and take part in gas kilns firings.
Want to become an intern?
As an intern we expect you to be wanting to be a part of a ceramic production and improve your skills within the ceramic crafts.
It is also to be expected that you will engage with our curios visitors of the museum who may have questions about the production and thereby strengthen your communication skills.
The internship at Hjorths gives you the possibility to profit from the sale of your production, build a professional network and learn about the traditions and craftmanship.
Apply for summer internship
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than four months before the applied period.
Summer interns can work and live at Hjorths Fabrik for a period of up to three months; June-July-August. However, we may agree otherwise if you have individual wishes.