Fogo Island Arts Weekend May 16-19, 2019

In our current state of the world, what has changed about the way we think about art, look at art and make art?

Fogo Island Arts is delighted to host our first ever annual Arts Weekend from May 16-19, 2019. The event is an initiative to establish a contemporary art and ideas-focussed weekend of special events, guest speakers, programs and exhibitions. Lead by Fogo Island Arts, the Arts Weekend will involve community members and organizations to establish an island-wide confluence of artistic activities.

Art making, and craft are woven into Fogo Islander’s social fabric. As a remote island with limited access to commercial goods, a certain DIY culture emerges, making this place a very unique site for creation.

Hosted by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Zita Cobb, the weekend will feature a selection of four distinguished speakers and open studio visits by our artists-in-residence. Furthermore, there will be an exhibition at the Fogo Island Gallery by Canadian painter, Brenda Draney.

Upwards of 15 local artists, crafts people and performers will be showing their work in a multitude of contexts including open studio visits, site-specific interventions, occupations of heritage buildings, and independent exhibitions.

The Arts Weekend will weave a thread through ancient and contemporary. Surrounded by 400-million-year-old rocks, and likely, 10-thousand-year-old icebergs, we will be engaged by contemporary ideas. Therefore, we ask: in our current state of the world, what purpose serves art?


Photo courtesy of Steffen Jagenburg