On June 11, 2022, the “Earth’s Silent Messages” exhibition was opened in the Jozef Kollár Gallery. The implementation of the project also included a two-day workshop, on 7 and 8 June, with children from Slovak primary schools.
The first day of the workshop was dedicated to spending time in nature – the project’s main source of motivation. The children, together with their guides from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (VŠVU), climbed the hill to Veľká and Malá Vodárenská lakes and to Červená studňa lake. They listened to and recorded the sounds of the forest made by, e. g., splashing of water, buzzing of insects, rolling of stones, but also taking footsteps, whistling with a blade of grass ... The recorded sounds were then made into a rhythmic “soundtrack” you can hear playing in the exhibition.
The second day was dominated by fine-art creative work. Our colleagues from VŠVU were inspired by the artworks the Gallery received from Egersund, Norway (woodcut prints for the exhibition), and prepared a linocut workshop for children. The children got lino and carving tools, and learned to work with them. They recalled what they saw in nature during the field-recording walk, but they also worked with other topics. And they just carved and carved… until about 15 new works were created.
The “Earth’s Silent Messages” exhibition includes a large work desk for drawing and painting. During the summer, children visiting the Gallery can draw or paint here, and place their artworks in the exhibition.
The students Katarína Jankechová, Oleksandra Potrohosh, Nina Vidovencová and their teacher Anton Čierny took part in the preparation and management of the workshop.
The project was implemented with a financial support from the Tatra Bank Foundation.