Scan Magazine | Experience of the Month | Denmark
Tucked away in an historic farmhouse in Skælskør, Guldagergaard is surrounded by a beautiful sculptural park.
Guldagergaard. The 40 contributing artists are thus all previous participants in Guldagergaard’s resident artist programme who have left a special lasting impression at Guldagergaard and with its director. But the exhibition is also about celebrating the magic of Guldagergaard, life and art. “I was born just around the corner from Guldagergaard, and my childhood is filled with fascinating memories from this beautiful garden and all its magic. For many years, I would imagine that my favourite fairy tale Alice in Wonderland took place in Guldagergaard’s large park. And today, as a grown-up, I know for a fact that magic really does take place here,” says Marcher. “This way, The Shoe Box Show is also about celebrating magic, life and the different paths we choose, which might seem coincidental but when looked at from a larger perspective, all lead to our final destination.” 114 | Issue 111 | April 2018
Two and a half hours from London One of the perhaps surprising features of Guldagergaard is its location, which is, at least in Danish terms, out of proximity to the country’s bigger cultural hubs. However, this has never been a problem in attracting international talent; quite the contrary, says Marcher, as the local connection has always made for a strong foundation for the centre. “In a way, this is a bit of a gem, which not a lot of people know about, because the world of professional ceramics is rather small and closed. But on the other hand, the local environment supports us very much; when we open an exhibition, we have upwards of 400 visitors, and it is that support that makes this such a unique place.” Besides, for many of the international artists who come from larger countries such as China and the US, Skælskør does not at all seem far from anything. Located just about a 75-minute drive from Copenhagen
Airport, it actually strikes many as a convenient location for exploring more of Europe. “One of the great things about being an international centre in a local setting is that you meet people who see Skælskør not as being on the outskirts of Denmark, but as being just two and a half hours from London,” says Marcher. The Shoe Box Show Place: Æblehuset (Applehouse) Gallery, Guldagergaard Dates: 9 April to 30 May Featured artists include: Rain Harris, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Paul Scott among others. Admission: Admission to all exhibitions is 25 DKK. Admission to the centre’s beautiful surrounding sculptural park is free. Location: The centre is located in the town of Skælskør, an hour’s drive from Copenhagen.
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