2016 03 KM VisaginasOn 9th of March at 5 PM at Visaginas cultural center all the four exhibitions of the curated residencies program QUESTIONING ARTS will be presented. At opening lively will be performed the sound composition "Čia keliavau ten klausydamas/miestas paSaloje“ by sound artist Audrius Šimkūnas.
Let's meet in Visaginas!

2016 01 A2 k m tartas zodis naujas IS17The fourth stage of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS begins on the 28th of January 2016 in the Westfjords of Iceland. 3 artists from Lithuania and 3 from Iceland will work under the topic: Weather during a one month stay in an art residency in Thingeyri, Simbahöllin Cultural Venue.
The topics of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS are chosen according to current issues of local people. While bringing rain, snow and massive wind gusts, January and February, the stormiest months of the year, invite 6 Lithuanian and Icelandic artists to the remote village of Thingeyri in the Westfjords region of Iceland. Here the weather becomes the main focus, the artists will question its impact on people’s everyday lives, their work and social activities, their sense of isolation and solitude. The phrase “due to weather” is soundful and commonly used in the region. It often appears on the news, at airport schedules, on phone screens as soon as the roads are closed or planes are cancelled as well as when social gathers in the community get cancelled because of the power of the weather. Let’s turn all weather-related stories, sensations and visions into art pieces.
After the fourth stage of curated residencies is completed the creative results will be presented in Simbahöllin Cultural Venue as well as the exhibitions of the three previous stages, which took place in Utena (Lithuania) and explored the topics of ethnoculture, public spaces and classical jewish literature2016 01 IV etapas (Tanakh).
After the last artist residency in Iceland all the creative results will be presented in a final exhibition of all work that has been produced by artists from Utena and Westfjords region in Utena, Ignalina and Visaginas.
Participants of IV stage: Björg Sveinbjörnsdóttir (visaul arts, texts), Nina Ivanova (performance, painting), Haukur Sigurdsson (photography, media arts), Aurelija Maknytė (photography, media arts), Mykolas Natalevičius (composition, sound art), Žilvinas Landzbergas (sculpture) / Vaida Bražiūnaitė (curator).
QUESTIONING ARTS curated residencies are initiated by the Utena Art Center (Lithuania) and Simbahöllin Cultural Venue (Iceland). Over 20 different artists come together for a common purpose - interdisciplinary art dispersion in the Utena and Westfjords regions.
We think that questioning stands as a driving force for cultural transformation. Questioning provokes intensiveness of thinking, searching for responses is the way of social and cultural development. That is why participating artists are encouraged to question, analyse and interpret topics, actual for regions.

„<...> even a word said in secret has an echo" - the exhibition of the third stage of the program of curated residencies QUESTIONING ARTS in Zarasai public library. 

2015 12 05 ZarasaiOn October 15 an opening of exhibition „<...> nes ir slaptai tartas žodis turi atgarsių“ ( „<...> even a word said in secret has an echo") was held in Utena Etnographic Museum. Works of Björg Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Sandra Borg Bjanadottir, Jovita Strobeikaitė, Rytis Saladžius, Mykolas Natalevičius, Daina Pupkevičiūtė were presented in the exhibition.
Artists involved in this stage of the project studied and questioned a Scripture (Tanach) of Jewish literature or, in other words, „Books of Wisdom“ : The Book of Job, The Book of Psalms, Book of Proverbs, Book of Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. "<...> nes ir slaptai tartas žodis turi atgarsių" is an exhibition about the phenomenon of reading. Artists, participating in this exhibition, are reading, rousing and interpreting Scripture texts in their own way, giving them new meanings and life scenarios.
Exhibition is open until October 31

13th of October actor Rytis Saladžius visited Children and Youth theatre studio of Utena Cultural Centre where he hosted the educational workshop of curated residency program of QUESTIONING ART.

2015 10 13 garso13th of October artist Mykolas Natalevičius held the educational workshop "Secrets of Sound" during which he invited people of Utena to explore the sounds from inside.

the Icelandic artist Björg Sveinbjörnsdóttir held a story telling workshop on grandmothers for Women Activity Club of Utena. There were stories, memories, receipts and songs shared about our beloved grandmothers.
During the workshop Björg presented her sound-poetry book Hljóðin úr eldhúsinu“ (“Sounds from the Kitchen”) based on recordings from her grandmother Gudjóna Albertsdóttir from Sudureyri in Súgandafjord in the Westfjords of Iceland. Gudjóna recorded about 60 hours of sounds mostly from her own kitchen, including singing, dialogues, and routine sounds such as phone calls and baking noises. These sounds and stories became tools to inspire participants to share their own stories about their grandmothers. This ode to the kitchen is wisdom gathered throughout lives of our grandmothers and it is important for building up a cultural and historical platform.

2015 10 07 mociutes"A lot of women’s contribution to society never reach the pages of history books. It is not considered to be important in the big context of political or social change. It could be something related to our everyday life or our family and classified as something private. Even in the public sphere women’s achievements have somehow fallen between the cracks. That is why we need to find a way for these untold stories to surface." [Björg Sveinbjörnsdóttir]
Lets talk about our grandmothers - during this workshop Björg Sveinbjörnsdóttir will invite you to step inside her grandmothers kitchen 30 years ago, in a small fishing village in Iceland. She will go through different ways to mediate stories and you will get the chance to write or tell a story yourself. Lets build a platform for our grandmothers!
Let's meet there!

5 th of October at Utenos Adolfo Šapokos gymnasium designer Jovita Strobeikaitė hosted the educational workshop during which Jovita presented for the participants the painting on fabric and decorating possibilities and showed how simple measures could renew old clothing, give them uniqueness and originality.

The Icelandic artist Sandra Borg Bjanadottir held a workshop "Creative design process" for Utena College students. During workshop participants looked at creativity from different angles. How can we make interesting ideas from something that might not look interesting at first sight? That's the question to which they were looking for answers.

2015 09 23 kolegijaThe creator of Iceland Sandra Borg Bjarnadóttir visited Utena College, where she spoke with the Dean of the College Regina Bagdonavičienė and Clothing Design and Technology Studies Program Committee President Dr. Vaida Bartkutė-Norkūnienė. They planned educational workshop details. We are so thankfull for college hospitality and enthusiastic cooperation.

On 22th of September in Utena art center was held the lecture of the third stage of the progame of curated residencies "Questioning arts" - "It is how I realized that for the man there is nothing better than to be happy and experience pleasure in your life". (Koh. 3,12). by Dr. Aušra Pažėraitė ( Vilnius University, Religious Studies and Reasearch Centre). Here are a few moments from Jewish cultural and literary heritage reflection evening.