WE LOVE ART
Art and culture is not a static concept, but concepts in constant evolution. A condition to understand the present, is to have knowledge of the past, and the society you are a part of. Knowing its roots and its identity, gives courage to seek new challenges and explore new avenues. The artists of Sisimiut learn from and inspire each other. Besides that they exchange experiences and pass on traditions and knowledge to younger generations. This creates new forms of expressions that develops and strengthen the art and culture for the benefit of the community, society, and the Greenlandic identity.
There are many skilled craftmen, handicrafts, and painters in Sisimiut. Particularly since 1976 there has been an active artistic life in Sisimiut not least as a consequence of the handicraft courses taught at The Knud Rasmussen Folk High School. Hereby many adolescents as well as more mature people from all over the coast are given the opportunity to develop their handicraft. Many of the artists can also use the art as a supplement to their daily income. Handicraftsmen and other artists from the coast meet and are inspired by each others handicraft and art.
In the resent years, the Home Rule government has became aware of the conditions for craftsmen, artisans, and painters. This means that there have been some tremendous equipment and tool improvements and the artists have some expensive machinery today.
Thanks to Sisimiut’s geographical location close to the walruses area, the artists have had access to bones and tusks. On the other hand, it has been difficult to find soapstone in the area because they earlier didn’t knew about the Quarries filled with soapstone. Because of this, they had to import the material from other towns along the coast.
Sisimiut is located in the middle of the reindeer and muskox areas, which makes it easy to collect antlers, horns and muskox wool from these animals.
The word “Eqqumiitsuliorneq” means in Greenlandic “to create something that looks strange”, and every artists have their own skills in making these beautiful decorations, jewelries, clothes, souvenirs and small equipments. It is a good idea to buy those as a gifts.
You can possibly go to the local Art Workshop and see all of these beautiful handicrafts. Visit the museum or The Culture House and see all of these exhibitions which are important to our culture and not at least the Greenlandic art. Maybe you will find some great gifts for your family, friends or for yourself.