About the project

The Off Season Art Gardening project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. It is also funded by the Municipality of Mariestad, the University of Skövde, Sweden, the organization Sense of Place in the Netherlands and the Municipality of Ukmerge in Lithuania.

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Off Season Art Gardening
Off Season Art Gardening
Get to know Ulrika Jansson, Swedish artist

Ulrika Jansson’s practice has its roots in place and the interconnections of the natural ecology and culture.

She explores actions, methods and objects that affect human imagination and perception to create ecological intimacy and an experience of the interdependence of everything on earth.

Her art works; installations, sculpture, drawing, video, sound and performance, make inhabitants sensitized to their surroundings and by extension to the environment at large. A number of her commissioned public art works have engaged with birds, bats and solitary bees, visualizing and inspiring positive socio-ecological relations in cities.

Ulrika Jansson has a Master of Fine Art from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm from 2005 and has participated in exhibitions and artist in residencies in several countries since.

Learn more about Ulrika Jansson and her work here: http://ulrikajansson.b-cms.se/category/1/untitled-category
Off Season Art Gardening
Off Season Art Gardening
Meet Jack Visser, artist from the Netherlands

Jack is a multi disciplinary artist who is not shy to experiment. He makes abstract paintings and uses strange materials such as sand, cement or clay mixed with paint or pigment.

Lately he is also looking for other ways of expression by means of installations, sculptures ans landart.

What fascinates him as an artist is the landscape, the elements and the primal forces of nature. With his work he wants to convey his respect and love for nature to the viewer.

Learn more about Jack Visser and his art work here:

Off Season Art Gardening
Off Season Art Gardening
Meet Vaidas Ramoška, Lithuanian artist

This week we announced that Vaidas Ramoška will create art for the University Park in central Mariestad, Sweden. This after the citizens engagement in voting for their favourite.

About Vaidas:
The artist has created a number of monuments and he works with different materials. ”For me the most important thing in art is message or a lot of messages and someone who reads. Also story, correct place, time and responsibility. I am not creating decoration, only idea. And the idea is not dead end for me, the most important for me is influence”.

Find out more about Vaidas and the other artists here: http://offseasonartgardening.com/the-artists/
Off Season Art Gardening
Off Season Art Gardening

We do now have a winning artist who will transform his sketch into a real art installation in the University park of Mariestad in Sweden. During the end of 2019 until now people of Mariestad have had the possibility to vote for their favourite suggestion.

Winner: "Houses on stone" by Vaidas Ramoška, Ukmerge, Lithuania. "An installation that plays with the proportions between human and nature. It illustrates different perspectives of eternity and time and catches the local context of Mariestad within the world."

The art work will be placed in connection with the three oak trees that the projects artists -from all three countries- planted together with the professional gardener Simon Irvine in September 2019.

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