In Art & Design | By Fogo Island Inn | April 7, 2019

Inaugural Arts Weekend Launches This May

Fogo Island Arts is hosting the first ever annual Arts Weekend at Fogo Island Inn from May 16-19, 2019. The event is an initiative to establish a contemporary art and ideas-focused weekend of special events, guest speakers, programs and exhibitions. Led by Fogo Island Arts, the Arts Weekend will also involve community members and organizations to establish an island-wide confluence of artistic activities.

Hosted by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Zita Cobb, the weekend will feature a selection of distinguished speakers including New York Times art critic Jason Farago, artist Liam Gillick, Süddeutsche Zeitung art critic Catrin Lorch, and curator Beatrix Ruf. The weekend will also open a new exhibition at the Fogo Island Gallery by celebrated Canadian painter Brenda Draney. In addition to attending the gallery opening, Arts Weekend visitors will have the opportunity to visit the studios of FIA artists-in-residence: Niko Abramidis & NE (2019 Ars Viva winner), Eleni Bagaki, and Po Rodil.

Upwards of 15 local artists, craftspeople and performers will be showing their work in a multitude of contexts including site-specific interventions, occupations of heritage buildings, and independent exhibitions. Art-making and craft are woven into Fogo Island’s social fabric. The remote island has a centuries-old DIY culture that makes it an unparalleled site for creation. Since 2008, Fogo Island Arts’ artist-in-residence program has contributed a new facet to this existing artistic landscape by hosting international contemporary artists and thinkers on Fogo Island. Through ideas shared between community members and artists from away, new perspectives are gained by both groups. The Arts Weekend represents a cumulative perspective on the diversity of artistic practices now flourishing on Fogo Island.  

For stays and more information, visit the Fogo Island Arts website here.