Before I continue my series of posts about the projects I’ve made for my new study, I thought I’d bring you these pictures I took yesterday of my workshop area at Nørrebro Kunsthus.
To those who don’t know it yet, Nørrebro Kunsthus is an art collective that I’m part of, which consists of 20 young artist who reside in a 350m2 building, situated in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen. We have many different facilities, such as an editing suite, a sound studio, a large hall for painting (and other large-scale projects) and several project rooms with desks – and even more facilities are currently in development.
Unlike most workshop collectives, the concept of Nørrebro Kunsthus is that we share all the space within the building so that everyone has access to the different facilities. Most places, you pay to have your own designated space (usually 10-20m2) and you will have to provide all the tools, machines or whatever else you need. At the same time, though, we actually all have some individual space at Nørrebro Kunsthus where we can keep our personal materials and tools – while also having access to the equipment of the editing suite and sound studio, and various tools, machines and paint (that we’ve gathered for free, usually given to us by family and friends).
When we leave the building, we usually clear our things away so that other people can use the particular space, but if you’re working on a project which is difficult to move, it’s possible to leave it as there’s usually space enough for this. So, not only is it still flexible enough so that people have plenty of room for themselves while sharing the space with others – it’s also cheaper than most workshop spaces in Copenhagen.
I mostly reside in a room that we call “Nørklerummet” in Danish or “The Fiddle-Room” - a room with desks, decorated for concentrated, small-scale projects (drawing, sewing, prop-bruilding and such). It’s situated on the 1. floor in the sunniest corner of the building, so the lighting is very good.
There are four other people who sometimes use the room, but they have aloud me to decorate it as much as I want, as they don’t use is as often and don’t need as much space for their tools and materials. So I’ve taken advantage of the situation and decorated some areas of the room by painting a little and putting my dolls, pictures and projects on display.
We used to have three desks in the room, but when I concluded that the third one was hardly ever used, I decided to replace it with a “Material Bank” for keeping various materials to share with the other members of the house.
I take up a lot of space as it is, because I have a hard time departing with materials as I can always think of something to use them for, but I concluded that I probably had more than I would ever use, so I thought I might as well make a public bank of materials to promote a general idea of recycling materials as much as possible in the building. When you make many different types of project, like I do, you can usually use all kinds of scraps of cardboard, plastic, fabric and whatnot. There’s no need to throw it out and force yourself to buy new things whenever they are called for.
I hope that you enjoyed this tour of my workshop. Perhaps I’ll bring you photos of the rest of the building at a later point.