Ceramics for Tea and Dialogue at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup

16. august 2022By Karen Land HansenCommissions

Photography by Marie Flarup Kristensen

During the months of May and June Art at Sjaelsmark organised a series of workshops at the asylum centers Sjælsmark and Avnstrup. We made clay and ceramic plates as part of the social art project ‘CERAMICS FOR TEA AND DIALOGUE’.

 – Encouraging dialogue through a universal act of generousity

CERAMICS FOR TEA AND DIALOGUE is a social art project at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup (2021-). Residents at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup participate in collective clay workshops and create a series of unique ceramic plates – or teapot stands. The participants keep the ceramic works or they can choose to donate them to the project if they wish. The teapot stands are exhibited and are subsequently given to individuals to encourage their work for human rights.

Each piece is as unique as the person who created it. It tells its own story in images, colours and gestures. The idea behind these beautiful ceramic works is to encourage conversations that focus on improving the rights of migrants and refugees in Denmark and globally. It is imperative that we treat migrants and refugees with human dignity and that we work to achieve justice for all.

Serving a cup of tea is a universal act of generosity. We encourage everyone who has one of these special teapot stands to invite a guest for tea and dialogue towards achieving dignified and human solutions. We believe that communication is the way forward  and that aesthetic, artistic and moral values are important elements in this process.

CERAMICS FOR TEA AND DIALOGUE is supported by Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, Toyota-Fonden and Silica Nordic. The project is organised by Art at Sjælsmark with artists Tine Hecht-Pedersen, Hanne Ravn Hermansen, Tine Jakobsen, Gitte Ladegaard, Tina Kallehave, Marie Flarup Kristensen and Karen Land Hansen, working together with the Red Cross. Thanks also to staff at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup, Mette Ussing, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Margrethe Auken, Else Marie Bukdahl, Red Barnet Ungdom.

Ceramic Reliefs/Imprints in Clay at Avnstrup

16. august 2022By Karen Land HansenCommissions

On May 14th we, Art at Sjaelsmark, completed the social art project ‘CERAMIC RELIEFS/ IMPRINTS IN CLAY’ (2020-22). In the morning we had a workshop as part of our current social art project ‘Plates for Rights/Ceramics for Tea and Dialogue’. And afterwards we celebrated that the series of 13 ceramic reliefs are now on permanent display on the walls of Avnstrup. 


CERAMIC RELIEFS/ IMPRINTS IN CLAY is a social art project at the asylum ‘Departure centers’ Sjælsmark and Avnstrup. Residents at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup participated in collective clay workshops and created a series of unique ceramic reliefs. The reliefs were exhibited at Hørsholm Library as a temporary decoration, and they now form a permanent decoration on the wall of Avnstrup. The ceramic reliefs are made by more than 50 participants, not all of whom have listed their names.Participants include:
SAHEL, AYA, MIRON, ILYA, FALHADO, FAWAAZ, SIRWAN, AMIN, HOWAIDA, TAMARA, NEGIN, ERMIA, LILIT, HIMAYAK,NAREK, PAYMANE, RUQAYAHE, SAVANNEH, ATHENA, LIA, BARAN, YEMEN, DINO, NAVID, SHAHLA, DORSA, MASHHA, HAMAD, ALI, SHARMARKE, MOHAMMED, SAMINA, KEBE, BUBA, NIRJA, NIKHILAN, YAMEN, ALI, ATENA,SETAYESH, HIWAR, SAINAB and KARINA
CERAMIC RELIEFS/ IMPRINTS IN CLAY is supported by Augustinus Fonden, BUPL Solidaritets-og Kulturfond, 15. Juni Fonden and Cerama.
The project is organised by Art at Sjælsmark with artists Tine Hecht-Pedersen, Hanne Ravn Hermansen, Tine Jakobsen and Karen Land Hansen, working together with the Red Cross. Gitte Ladegaard, Tina Kallehave and Marie Flarup Kristensen have since then joined the group. Thanks also to staff at Sjælsmark and Avnstrup, Maya Höjer, Albert Ostenfeld, Mette Ussing, Sovay Berriman and Red Barnet Ungdom.@tine.jakobsen @hanne_ravn_hermansen @tine.hechtpedersen

I am still in The Game at Fabrikken

24. maj 2022By Karen Land HansenCommissions

Jubilee group exhibition at Fabrikken for Kunst og Design/ The Factory of Art and Design with works by:

Signe Vad, Kirstine Vaaben, Oskar Koliander, Louise Sass, Marianne Hesselbjerg, Lars Mathisen, Lærke Lauta, Mette Høyen Andersen, Isabel Berglund, Kristian Devantier, Malene Hartmann, Ole Broager, Karl Eivind Jørgensen, Petra Dalström, Hanna Råst, Carlos Alvarez Clemente, Luna Emilie Printz Scales, Tina Maria Nielsen, Michael Mørk, Henrik Menné, Jesper Fabricius, Delphine Flyvehavn, Charlotte Binau,
Maya Peitersen, Sarah Maria Fritsche, Mette Nisgaard Larsen, Esben Klemann, Frederik Gustav, Claus Bjerre, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Karen Land Hansen, Mette Ussing, Birgitte Thaulow, Arnfinnur Amazeen,
Claus Egemose, Trine Søndergaard, Carina Zunino, Joachim Koester, Simon Bodh Nielsen, Ellen Hyllemose, Al Masson, Jesus Herrera Martinez, Lise Nørholm, Charlotte Haslund-Christensen, Jens Settergren, Sofie Højgaard, Eske Rex, Isabella Solar, Theis Wendt, Maria Nørholm Ramouk, Teo Ala-Ruona, Daniel Mølholt Bülow, Lulu Refn, Marika Seidler, Karin Lorenzen, Siska Katrine Jørgensen og C.Y. Frostholm.

Open Studios on Saturday May 21st and Jubilee exhibition is open until Wednesday May 25th, 1 – 18 pm. Address: Sundholmsvej 46, 2300 København S.

The Open Studio day and Jubilee exhibition are supported by Københavns Kommune – Rådet for Visuel Kunst, Det Obelske Familiefond, Statens Kunstfond, Nordea-Lokal, Amager Vest Lokaludvalg og Amager Øst Lokaludvalg. Thanks also to Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Billedkunstnernes Forbund BKF, Light Partner, Zonic Music og Flügger.


The beginning of a new body of work

28. januar 2022By Karen Land HansenCommissions

I have just received this extra ordinary 3D printed model of the seabed near Hirsholmene (DK). It will be my starting point for a new body of work in different media. I very much look forward to this process, and also to working together with GEUS (The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) on a coming exhibition.