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Respected international multi-disciplinary art event, taking place in Southern Denmark, 17-24 JUNE 2018.

New Image

The Højer Art Jam will reflect the same spirit and soul which has distinguished the event within the international symposium-circuit for the last quarter-century. On the strength and stability of this heritage, a new image is being developed. We are working to expand the event, deepening and broadening its appeal for artists, art-enthusiasts, regional tourists and naturalists, families, children and the local community in general.

Artistic disciplines have been expanded

Among other refinements, the artistic disciplines have been expanded beyond wood-sculpture to include 2D fine art as well as fine-art photography. (include stone+metal)

25 Years of Tradition

The Højer Art Jam represents the next natural evolution of a distinguished and highly respected international art event. 25 years of passion, expertise, energy, care, camaraderie and a deep community-spirit has defined the “Højer Internationale Træskulptur Symposium” since 1993.
It is a vital tradition built by volunteers in a small village on the rugged coast of Denmark along Scandinavia’s southernmost gateway.

The very first “Højer Internationale Træskulptur Symposium”, 1993

The original “Højer Internationale Træskulptur Symposium” created a dynamic living forum for international artists within the wood-sculpting tradition to join together. Practitioners from all over the world came to Denmark’s Southwestern coast, each creating an original piece from a raw oak tree trunk. These pioneers carved works of human expression directly from the raw-material of nature itself.

1/3 of the Planet created in Højer

Participating artists have included talents from Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, we had guys from Mexico, China, Japan, Columbia, Argentina, even from Burkina Faso. In total over 60 countries and cultures have been represented – or roughly a third of the planet’s nationalities.

About 60 country's representatives have created in Højer at our art event

Hacked from Nature

The forces of nature itself have always played a major role in the art process. Nature provided the original oak-trees of the early symposiums. The expansion of artistic disciplines that make up the Højer Art Jam will continue to be rooted in the natural world. The aim is to explore a wider range of raw materials including marble, granite, limestone as well as different wood types.

Beyond contributing raw-materials, nature also serves as a muse, inspiring the expressions themselves.

Both the people of the area, and the artists who participate share the believe that it is still possible to carve out a rich and fulfilling life from nature, shaped by the same elements that have shaped the coastal landscapes of Southwestern Denmark. This belief is at the heart of each discipline; wood sculpting, stone and metalwork, painting and 2D fine art as well as portrait and landscape photography. Let’s hack!

Inseparable from to the Local Landscape

In keeping with the events essential ethos, all artworks will share the same underlying theme. A celebration and exploration of nature’s most powerful elements; 'WIND, SEA, EARTH & SKY' — A worthy source of inspiration for an event tied inexorably to the local landscape and Højer’s unique history and culture. — And an inspiration which has pulsed quietly at the heart of the “Højer Internationale Træskulptur Symposium” since 1993

Urs-P. Twellermann from Switzerland, 1998.
Artist tells: “I used y oak trunk and wood waste from all the other participating artists to construct this “sphere”.

1999 Rosa Brunner, Tyskland

1999 Sara Galiaso, Argentina

2006 Lilia Pobornkova, Bulgarien

2003 Luca Zupelli

Ensuring a Cultural Legacy

The direct integration of the artistic output within local communities, along public thoroughfares and across the region’s landscape, allows the spirit of the event to enhance the area and create a lasting narrative about Højer and the region’s history and way-of-life. Visitors to the area as well as its inhabitants are invited to reflect on this narrative and interact with directly creations born and rooted on the coast of Southwestern Denmark. The goal of the event is to nurture a meaningful and unique artistic legacy that will span generations for centuries to come.

2000 Kevin Blackwell, Skotland

Friendship Across Country Borders

Passion for artistic expression, commitment to the skills and techniques of the artist and a profound love of nature are values which are blind to national borders, religions and cultures. Participating international artists and the community who share the week with them share a unique experience. The bon-ami and deep friendships carved out of the event endure with same strength and vitality as the artworks themselves. As new artwork is created, new relationships are forged. The two phenomena are each sides of the same coin.

2013 Heleholdet alternativt, Foto Kurt Schmidt

A Volunteer and Service Heritage

We are deeply dependent on our sponsors and the volunteers who help making this event a reality. Without the incredible help and support from this unique and passionate network, we would not be able to continue the tradition of this remarkable event.

We are very thankful for each of the committed individuals who have supported the event and helped realize this vision for the last 25 years.

We are humbled by the long list of fearless friends and allies. We hope to continue and grow this tradition allowing the Højer Art Jam reach ever higher its ambitions, achievements and contributions to the community as the event evolves in years to come.