ARNA- where Kirke and Vincent met art and nature

After arriving to Harlösa in Sweden on Wednesday we were welcomed by Kerstin (manager of residencies in ARNA). She took us around the Avian Kingdom (area full of birds and wonderful nature). We got to know some very interesting facts and stories about the villages and the area itself (how it was during the ice age covered with ice and how the villages moved because of the land reform etc).

IMG_20131023_164901The exhibiton spaces of ARNA 

In the evening we were accompanied by the local artist Arnold. We had a dinner full of discussions with Arnold, Kerstin and Victor (Kerstin’s son). We talked about the project, impact of residencies on local communities and the possible overall outcome of the project. Late at night Kerstin’s husband arrived and opened the world of clocks for Kirke.

IMG_20131023_184537The dinner with Victor, Arnold and Kerstin

In the morning we continued interviewing locals and got some very good ideas on why residencies are good for the local community. We had a wonderful interview with a very nice local Ulf who welcomed us at his home.

IMG_20131024_083926Ulf and Kirke having a talk

After visiting Ulf we had the possibility of visiting Arnold’s studio and take a look at his work. The sun had also come out for a change and the light at the studio was golden.

IMG_20131024_090325Arnold’s studio

IMG_20131024_090815Kirke and Arnold having a talk

Around noon we drove to Lund to visit Trans Europe Halls (a big organisation where Creative Center Carnation and Not Quite are members) headquarters. We had a lovely meal with Anaid (communication manager) and two interns. We had an old printing press that was waiting to get home. With the help of others we got the press on board and started driving back to Kapellskär.

IMG_20131024_121624The press is ready for the ride home

We arrived at the port about 5 minutes before the registartion was closed and got on the boat. On Thursday morning after driving 3500 km we were back in Estonia. Wonderful trip with amazing people and places!