Emmaboda Kommun


starting all over

A collaboration between three Scandinavian museums - Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (Denmark), The Glass Factory, Boda (Sweden) and The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki (Finland).

The project aims at redefining the future of glassmaking, and will be realized between January 1, 2017 and October 31 2018 with support from The Nordic Culture Fund as part of their focus on 'handmade' art and craft.

The practice and context of glassmaking have changed dramatically in recent years. Large-scale glass production, which used to be at the core of the economy and development within craft and design, is practically non-existant today. The collapse of the glass industry has therefore resulted in a gap, which 'Scandinavian Glass - starting all over' aims to fill by:

  • Developing a fresh view on design tradition
  • Developing and establishing specialized museums as place makers - progressive centres for developing craft and design within glass
  • Developing new business models in collaboration with glassmakers
  • Building a wider network within institutions and glassmakers

The project includes:

  • A touring exhibition, focusing on new and current tendencies within Swedish glass - the most comprehensive presentation within the last two years. Artists and glassmakers will  be part of the curating team.
  • Workshops/residencies with participation of Scandinavian practitioners and other relevant persons within the field. Workshops will be conducted in collaboration with the museums as an attempt to strengthen their function as place makers - centres for future development within the field of glass and with use of their collections and institutional framework.
  • A concluding symposium in October 2018.

The Nordic Culture Fund has supported the project and has issued the following statement:

"This ambitious project focuses on the future of glass art and its development. Three museums specializing in glass - The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki (FI), The Glass Factory, Boda (SE) and Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (DK), have invited glass artists to use and to develop the museums and what they offer in a direction that is relevant to the exercise of the art form and the future of glass in the Nordic region. This is partly in the form of a new exhibition, which focuses on the new tendencies, and partly in the form of collaborations and networks.There is momentum now - The Nordic Culture Fund wishes the project every success!"

Here you can find a list of participating artists and projects!