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About DAW

Professional facilities for the arts

This video from the Wood Workshop gives a glimpse of the work at the DAW.

The Danish Art Workshops (DAW) is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Culture, whose purpose it is to provide working facilities for particularly demanding art works.

At the DAW it is possible for artists to do work in large formats, which their own studios or equipment cannot facilitate. Artists, designers, craftspeople, and restorers can work here on projects in art and design at the highest level. The workshops provide space to work simultaneously on several large canvases, installations or sculptures.

Facilities

10 studios ranging from 16 to 140 m2 and fully equipped special-purpose workshops for:

  • Wood and CNC
  • Metal
  • Textile printing
  • Weaving
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • IT and 3D
  • Clay
  • Conservation

Professional Guidance

At the DAW, highly competent craftsmen and artists among the staff offer guidance in the workshops and studios.

Peace and Quiet in a Professional Environment

Most often you’ll have a studio to yourself, to which you have 24-hour access. We work hard to accommodate particular needs. You will meet professionals across all branches within the artistic field.

Application

Artists, designers, craftsmen, and restorers can apply for a residency at the DAW. Application rounds are four times a year, but the length and timing of stays vary according to the individual project. All international projects must have connection to Denmark, either through collaborations, theme, or exhibition agreement.

Publications

Next to the administration we have a large selection of exhibition catalogues and artist monographs which you are welcome to look through. Please contact [email protected]

”Overskud” – on artistic work processes, 2011. (In Danish)

The book was produced on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Danish Art Workshops in 2011. Artist Kasper Bonnén, architect and curator Bettina Køppe and design researcher Thomas Blinder, who are three major players in the creative fields, give their view on artistic processes. Photographs by Jasper Carlberg. “Overskud” is compiled and edited by Frederik Hardvendel and Kirstine Autzen from the Danish Art Workshops, with editorial consultation from Matthias Hvass Borello. The book is for free. Please contact the Danish Art Workshops.

”Skaberrum” by Marianne Grøndahl, 2005 (In Danish)

In the course of several years, photographer and artist Marianne Grøndahl has been following the work and life of 36 artists and artisans, while in residency at Gammel Dok. This has resulted in a fascinating book on the intensity of the artistic work process, before the work has obtained its final form and is ready to meet an audience. The book “Skaberrum” is published by Aristo.