Norway-Iceland
partnership Geoparks, Identity and Art

During the festival, you will have a unique opportunity to meet our partners from Norway and Iceland, who have come with us to share their experiences with artistic and educational projects. Our common topics are finding the ways how to revive the forgotten places and landscapes, connecting creatively approaches from different fields like science disciplines, art, architecture and history - and how to do it alongside with locals.

Guðmundur Hrafn Arngrímsson, Sverrir Bjorgvinsson  - The Turf Network (Iceland) - The Network links landscape architects, craftsmen and artists. Its core focus is on ecology, teamwork and interdisciplinary approach. The members strive for finding new ways of Intertwining landscape and urbanism.


Pål Thjømøe, Sara GentiliniMAGMA UNESCO Global geopark (Norway) focuses on five key areas: Adventure (guided tours), Creativity / Innovation (eg virtual reality GeoVR), Culture (local food - GeoFood; local crafts - GeoCraft) Sustainability (bike routes - GeoBike) and Education (Geoschool).


Maiken Stene (Norway) (b. 1983) is a norwegian artist who works and lives in Sokndal, Norway. She graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2013 with a BA and MA in Fine Art.

Stene works with painting, installation, text, video and photo on the general subject of how people interact with and visually represent nature,_ _both traditionally and today. She looks at how various industrial alterations of the land may affect our assumed ideas of what nature is supposed to look like. In large scale painting installations, she studies the complex processes that happen from the moment one has an encounter with nature -to how the impressions of this encounter can be transformed into an artistic expression.

Stene has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally at for example Oslo Kunstforening, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Lunds Konsthall, Akershus Kunstsenter, Uppsala Konstmuseum and The Museum of Public Art in Lund, Sweden. Her work is represented in the collections of Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Statens Konstråd, Stavanger Kommune, The Norwegian Office of Foreign Affairs and several private collections.

She is currently in residence at The Nordic Art Centre in Dale, Sunnfjord, Norway, through June 2019. Her next solo exhibition is at Trøndelag Centre of Contemporary Art, Trondheim, Norway, August 2019.

ITS BETWEEN YOU AND THE VIEW_, 2018, moveable painting installation, photo by Istvan Virag
ITS BETWEEN YOU AND THE VIEW_, 2018, moveable painting installation, photo by Istvan Virag
POINT VOYEUR_, 2015, installation view, photo by Chistina Leithe Hansen
POINT VOYEUR_, 2015, installation view, photo by Chistina Leithe Hansen

Hans Edward Hammonds (Norway) an artist and art mediator based in Stavanger. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He works with socially engaged projects, interactive sculptures, installations and performance. He is also an active part of Stavanger cultural life having been, among others, part of Studio17, Kulturlaboratoriet (K-Lab) and the project Arbeidsverk. Currently he is a part of the artistic advisory board for cultural centre Tou in Stavanger and part of Velferden - Sokndal scene for contemporary art.