Art and Craft Department
The art and craft department at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts caters to students specialising in textile art, graphic art and drawing, ceramic art, and metal and jewellery art. Students choose to specialise in one of these fields, but also have opportunities to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to medium- and material-based art.
The department seeks to explore and increase knowledge about the relationship between art and life, issues relating to art materials, the relationship between design and architecture, and artistic practice in a social and political context. The department emphasises creative research in crafts in the broadest sense and in an expanded field, the use and integration of art in public spaces, discipline-specific and interdisciplinary artistic practices, and the workshop as venue for artistic activity and research. The department has access to advanced and well-equipped workshops.
Both academically and historically, the department was established in response to the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century and the German Bauhaus tradition, and their ambition to integrate art with the social, public, and private spheres.
The art and craft department offers medium- and material-based art education programmes in which the social, cultural, global, and political significance of materials are considered just as important as their essential or intrinsic properties.
Metal and Jewellery Art
This programme is the only tertiary-level training in Norway that specializes in jewellery art and object-making based on hollowware silversmithing methods. Course work includes art theory and the in-depth study of materials and techniques.
The programme offers basic training and opportunities to specialise in, for example, goldsmithing techniques, casting, forging, welding, and patination. This is supplemented by the thematic study of relevant concepts in workshops and seminars, and in individual student projects. Particular emphasis is placed on experimental and explorative approaches.
The programme also emphasises discussion—of ideas, aims and opinions, aesthetic effects, symbols and signifiers—both from a personal perspective, and from the perspective of contemporary society and international trends.
Sigurd Bronger, adjunct professor of metal and jewellery art, is one of the Nordic region’s most prominent contemporary jewellery artists. Bronger works on a small scale, with his roots in the mechanical industrialism of the early 20th century. There are also references to the Baroque cabinet of curiosities, in which delicate craftsmanship met nature’s own designs. With a sense of humour, a love of materials, time, and polished details, Bronger creates jewellery that transcends gender.
Ingjerd Hanevold is a jewellery artist and professor in the metal and jewellery arts program of the arts and crafts department of Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She studied at the State Academy of the Arts School (SHKS) from 1976 to 1981, receiving a diploma from the Institute of Metallurgy. She then studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz from 1981 to 1982. Starting in 1992, she was appointed as first assistant professor at SHKS, Institute of Metals, and four years later she was called to a professorship at the University of Gothenburg, Högskolan för design och Konsthantverk, department Smyckekonst. She worked there for two years before returning to the Art Academy in Oslo as professor. She has been deputy rector for two terms, at SHKS from 1995 to 1996, and at KHIO (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) from 2007 to 2011.
Her specialty is jewellery, what the term means today seen in a historical context. This implies an interest in personal expression and identity, communication between people, symbols, rituals, natural forms and methods, knowledge of materials, and craftsmanship. Ingjerd established herself as a jewellery artist nationally and internationally with solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been purchased by a number of museums and private collections in Norway and abroad, and has won several awards, including Jacob Price 2007. In addition to her exhibition activities, she is known as the designer of, among other things, the medals for the Lillehammer Olympics of 1994 and for the jewellery collection HER for David Andersen AS.
More recently, she has been the initiator and has served on the steering committee for the Nordic jewellery exhibition and symposium From the Coolest Corner from 2013 to 2015.
Danuta Haremska, associate professor, studied at the Secondary Art School (1969–1974) and the Academy of Fine Arts (1975–1980) in Poznań, Poland. She works in the field of installations, sculptures, and drawing. Her early works were connecting to the themes of existence and strategies of survival. Her recent works reflect the human condition in relationship to nature. She often uses metaphorical approaches in her projects.
Haremska’s works have been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has received numerous grants and prizes in Poland and in Norway. Her works are owned by the National Gallery in Oslo, Telemark Fylkeskommune, Nord-Trøndelag Fylkesgalleri, Asker Kommune, the Museum of Medallic Art in Wroclaw, Poland, La Monnaie et Medailles de Paris, and the University of Oslo—Mints and Medals Cabinet. She is an assistant professor in the metalwork and jewellery programme of the department of art and craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and teaches installation art, site-specific art, public art, and architecture-related art.
Leif Stangebye-Nielsen, associate professor of metal and jewellery art, says, “I use my skills and fascination for the materials, techniques, and tools to communicate, create situations and experiences. It is not about entertaining, but to touch individuals and give them an opportunity to contemplate over matters such as time, shapes, and the importance of not moving so fast. As a teacher my job is not to give the correct answers, but to ask the right questions.”
Anders Ljungberg (born 1966), professor of metal and jewellery art and head of the department, is exhibited worldwide. He has his base in Gustavsberg, outside Stockholm, where he lives and has his studio. He is professor and head of the department at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Before this he taught at Ädellab, Konstfack, in Stockholm, and also guest-taught and lectured at different schools around the world.
“I have in my work, as a silversmith, found an amount of different values in everyday use and the actions included in this. The kind of values I want to show upon is something constructing an inner structure of everyone’s daily life even though the user can vary depending on class, gender, culture, age, etc. What I’m trying to describe is something that everyone is aware of even if we’re not mentioning it or give it no space in a time when the consumption of the thing is given a value greater than the using of it. My belief is that in the everyday is stories created about us, which may not always be possible, or for that matter necessary, to put into words, but which could give us something if we were present in our actions and not just saw them as a transport into the next phase of the day. I’m describing a situation where user, room, and object are elements in a story that hopefully can say something significant about our time.”
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