THE ARTS DOT INTERNATIONAL EVENT 2018
The Arts Dot 2018 was a part of the Live Green Festival, a two-day festival of art, culture, atmospheric and world-class live music and sustainability held at Hoglands Park, a central Karlskrona landmark during the Karlskrona Archipelago Festival. It was an outdoor festival with a fun, festive atmosphere of the public event, including live music, interactive activities, delicious food and beverage choices—the inspirational atmosphere, sharing and igniting of a positive spirit.
Behind the initiative to organise an art festival in Karlskrona was Karlskrona-based artist Lana Leuchuk and Lanagraphic Design & Art Studio. Region Blekinge, Karlskrona Municipality and the association Klaura Pop-up Market supported the event.
ARTWORK SHOWCASING AND SELLING
The Arts Dot festival was an excellent opportunity for artists to show and sell works directly to the public. Artists showcased artworks in Hoglands Park and at the gallery Konstnären & Pinalen. Artists also had a promotion by participating in interviews with the media.
There was room for dialogue about art and for artists’ presentations during the festival. Artists shared their experiences about careers and introduced their work to the public. Those interesting questions were discussed and shared:
- My story as an artist.
- How I work to be sustainable and give value to my artistic gift.
- Where I am challenged as an artist. What it does even mean to be an artist.
- How do we create an enduring support network of people using their creative passions, and how do we build bridges across those identities with each other?
A joint painting was created during the fesrtival, where participating artists painted live. Visitors could see and experience the performance, take part in the lottery contest, win and take the large painting home. All the money collected went to the Swedish Children’s Cancer Fund.
The Arts Dot 2018 participants had a cultural experience by visiting the city’s cultural sights and galleries, testing local food and drink, mingling and just celebrating art! It was a platform for networking, gathering together, and exchanging ideas with possibilities of work cooperation.
Victor Schegin (France), Petra Kossick (Germany), Vera Frederiksen Zhotkevich (Sweden), Emanuel Arnesson (Sweden), Jenny Svensson (Sweden), Yvonne Walther (Sweden).
We had to limit our selection to a few artists due to resource constraints. However, we received expressions of interest from artists worldwide, including Asia and the UK. This marks the beginning of the journey to develop a platform for artist gatherings in Karlskrona and Blekinge.