Denmark’s Art Council has initiated a two-year project designed to attract talented foreign artists to live and work in the country. DKK 6 million (USD 1,188,059 EUR 804,169) have been allocated for the plan, which is hoped will inject some creative energy into Denmark’s art scene.
The chairman of the Art Council, Mads Ovilsen, told the Politiken newspaper that the project will hopefully lure exciting artists to Denmark and spark the local scene. “No national art can mind itself. It can only develop from outside influence. Our initiative is a shot in the arm for Danish art. Foreign art isn’t necessarily better, but the initiative can drive them to make up their mind about Danish art,’ Ovilsen said.
The latest scheme follows on the heels of a similar programme that was aimed primarily at bringing foreign painters to Denmark. Authors, musicians and stage performers have now been added to the list of artists being courted. The council also hopes that by injecting foreign influence into the Danish art scene it will facilitate a better global network for local artists.
Berlin has been operating similar programs for several years now, and has succeeded in attracting many foreign artists, including a number of Danes, to the city. The Art Council hopes to bring 30 artists to live and create art in Denmark with its current budget.
“Many Danish artists quickly catch on to it, are discovered by curators and move abroad. It’s not because the house rent is cheaper in Berlin, but because there is a bigger network there,” Ovilsen told the Politiken.