A visiting artist in Ryde
For 5 years I was a principal on a small danish private school (friskole) in the rural town of Ryde, just outside the city of Holstebro in the western part of Denmark. During my time as a principal I created several artistic projects to make sure the students not only met art through their own teachers, but also by experiencing professional artists at work.
One of these artists was american artist Michael McGillis from Detroit. I met McGillis for the first time in 2014, when he was part of a traveling team of artists in the project “Kunsten I bevægelse” (The Art In Motion), so I knew his artistic proces would be great for the pupils to experience. I applied for a work-grant from the national arts council in Denmark, and got the opportunity to invite McGillis to Ryde. We transformed one of the rooms the school into an apartment, changed a classroom to a studio and found local collaborators.
It was a truly beautiful experience to see how our pupils reacted to have a professional artist in residence at the school.