ARTIJULI (“Art in July) is a month-long art festival at Kråkeslottet (“The Crow’s Castle”) in the village of Bøvær, on Senja island.
Come to the outer limits of Senja island! The Crow’s Castle was once an old fish factory, now converted into a cultural centre. This year Artijuli features four artists. There is a café which serves extraordinary pastries and coffee made the old-fashioned way. And soup as well as homemade bread. On the weekends there is often a programme of live concerts.
From Augustin Rebetez exhibition in 2012
Art Festival Artijuli is a venue for international contemporary art in a spectacular setting. The artists produce work amongst snow-capped mountains, and fall asleep to the sound of the green waves of the Norwegian Sea. By offering longer periods to work on site, we hope to nurture a new dynamic in their creative processes, inspired by local culture, our unique architecture, and raw nature.
And then, of course, we show the work. Northern Norway is a vast region with a relatively dispersed population, and there are relatively few exhibition spaces outside the biggest towns and cities. Artijuli aims to give people from all walks of life and from all over the region and opportunity to be moved by new visual art, and in many cases to meet the artists themselves.
The Crow’s Castle is a labyrinthine structure built over the open ocean at the end of a dramatic ‘finger’ of land. The building evolved informally over a long period and has been shaped by the fishing culture that dominates the region’s economic and social history. The exhibitions utilise both interior and exterior spaces, bringing visitors on a journey through the building and surrounding grounds. You can also enjoy coffee, cake and intimate concerts surrounded by artwork made specifically for these spaces and shown to the public for the first time.
We hope that ARTIJULI attracts both locals and visitors to our remote outpost by the sea, from seasoned art-lovers to those who might be experiencing contemporary visual art for the first time.
Read more about Kråkeslottet here: krakeslott.no
Cafe: Cakes, grandma`s coffe pot and home made bread!
We are focusing on essentials; - cakes! If your tummy needs more, we can offer an awsome soupe and homemade bread. Standard coffee from a pot allows nostalgia to enter.
Our pride is home made. So is our variety of cakes. We can offer
Cream cake with a twist, Porter cake made from rich stout and succulent
Carrot cake tasting of a whole garden.
We do not serve alcohol, but cold, non-alcoholic brew tastes perfect on a warm summer day.
This years ArtiJuli focuses on paintings; - and exhibits even fluorscent paintings bringing the northern light into the midst of the house in the midle of the midnight sun season. The title of the exhibition of the young artist, Elind Rui Blix, is Ode to Light. Other artists showing there work are Henrik Norddahl and Augustin Rebetez.
From the archives
2016: Valentin Manz: "Dinner with the angsthase family"