Children´s Culture Festival: An Artistic Appeal to Nature

Children´s Culture Festival: An Artistic Appeal to Nature

AAN: An Artistic Appeal to Nature: A joint exhibition of 15 preschools and primary schools in Reykjavík.

The exhibition is the result of children's collaboration with artists, scientists and teachers in preschools and primary schools in Reykjavík.

The exhibition is the result of the AAN development project, which is part of the implementation of a new education policy in Reykjavík. Let our dreams come true, and is based on an interdisciplinary approach where students discuss nature issues in a creative and innovative way with the methods of arts and crafts. Among other things, the project is intended to support the United Nations' Global Goals.

One of the aims of the project is to strengthen students' self-image, critique their thinking and belief in their own abilities, promote innovation and promote creative teaching methods. Various projects have been carried out, e.g. projects on the importance of insects, research on bees and endangered animals, the effects of global warming, melting glaciers, the clothing industry - threats and opportunities, new land being created, Kjarval's natural moods, the relationship between man and nature, weather, plastic - consequences of overuse of disposable plastic, weather conditions of Icelandic nature, Kjarval and adventures in nature.

Fifteen schools take part in the exhibition: Álftamýraskóli, Engjaskóli, Fellaskóli, Foldaskóli, Hagaskóli, Húsaskóli, Landakotsskóli, Laugalækjaskóli, Laugarnesskóli, Melaskóli, Seljaskóli, Sæborg, Vesturbæjarskóli, Vogaskóli and Ægisborg.

The artists who have worked in connection with the exhibition are: Agnes Hansdóttir, Alda Rose Cartright, Alexía Rós Gylfadóttir, Anna Jóa, Anna Líndal, Ari Hlynur Yates, Ásrún Ágústsdóttir, Ásthildur Jónsdóttir, Björk Guðnadóttir, Brynja Emilsdóttir, Dagný Sif Einarsdóttir, Elsa Nore, Guðbjörg Lind Jónsdóttir, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Guðrún Lárusdóttir, Gunndís Ýr Finnbogasdóttir, Halla Birgisdóttir, Halla Dögg Önnudóttir, Halldóra Gestsdóttir, Hanna Gréta Pálsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Úlfarsdóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Jelena Bjeletic, Jóhann Kristófer Stefánsson, Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir, Kristín Bogadóttir, Louise Harris, Magnús Valur Pálsson, Margrét Blöndal, María Sjöfn Dupius Davíðsdóttir, Perla Hafþórsdóttir, Ragnhildur Katla Jónsdóttir, Rakel Andrésdóttir, Sesselja Tómasdóttir, Soffía Guðrún Jóhannsdóttir, Sædís Harpa Stefánsdóttir, Unnur Björnsdóttir, Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Þórdís Erla Zoëga, Þórey Hannesdóttir and Þórunn Birgisdóttir.

The project was nominated for the Icelandic Education Prize in 2020.

The project manager and curator of the exhibition is Dr. Ásthildur Jónsdóttir, a self-employed scholar and visual artist who specializes in the possibilities of contemporary art in education for sustainability.