Music & Art Dec 01, 2020

Listen to the “Out There” Podcast Produced by the Icelandic Art Center

Learn about the Icelandic art scene with this new podcast series.

Looking for a new work-from-home podcast? Check out the “Out There” podcast, created and produced by the Icelandic Art Center, which brings host Becky Forsythe in conversation with artists, curators and art professionals. The podcast explores what the Icelandic art scene looks like and what we can learn from artists. “Out There” gives listeners the opportunity to get out into the scene, the studio, the storage, the artist-led space, gallery and museum through its conversations between industry-leading artists. The podcast brings all these into focus and is a portal that’s reflective of place and our present moment; a widened view that offers impressions of the Icelandic art scene, here and now. The first two episodes are out now – check out the summaries below and give them a listen!

In the first episode, Becky Forsythe sits down with Markús Þór Andrésson, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Public Engagement at Reykjavík Art Museum. Their conversation begins with Markús’ own personal experience with art, art history, meaningful past art moments, the present, and leaves us with some thoughts about a potential future art scene in Iceland.

In episode two, Claire Paugam, a multidisciplinary French artist based in Reykjavík, shares her practice, themes and experiences from within the studio. An active board member of the Living Art Museum and community, Claire is the current recipient of the Motivational Award of the Year. This recognition is given by the Icelandic Art Prize to an emerging artist who has contributed significantly to the local art scene through their generous practice.

In episode three, Guðjón Ketilsson, the current recipient of the Artist of the Year award from the Icelandic Art Prize, is met in his studio in downtown Reykjavík. We discuss early memories of art, his first solo exhibition, school abroad and specific works that span his over thirty-year practice. Guðjón’s experience of emerging into an art scene with the raw presence of the avant-garde gives inside perspective into a specific and vibrant time in Icelandic art.

What are you looking forward to learning about the Icelandic art scene through this podcast? Let us know in the comments!