Big plans for Norse event at King’s Lynn

Newcastle woodcarver Mark Crowley works on the Viking boat
Newcastle woodcarver Mark Crowley works on the Viking boat
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A scaled down mahogany and oak Viking boat is currently being made in preparation for a special five-day Norse event to be held in September at Hanse House on Lynn’s South Quay.

The bespoke 40cm by 80cm boat is the work of Newcastle woodcarver Mark Crowley and will be the focal point of “The Nine Realms” interactive combined arts experience at the riverside venue.

And, continuing until Tuesday, May 19, there is an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign towards the commissioning costs of the Viking boat.

The project is being organised by Nicky Mortlock, of ArtiPeeps, and follows her highly successful poetry-art Transformations exhibition at Hanse House last year.

Nicky told the Lynn News: “We are hoping to attract some backers from King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and there are some great Norse-inspired rewards in the campaign that range from bespoke commissioning a Viking artist to Rune poetry, to having your initials carved on the boat. 

“If you would like to help ArtiPeeps fully fund their project and cover Mark’s commissioning costs, you would be contributing to the creation of a unique art piece that will travel the world.

“We had exciting news in early April that we have been partially supported with public funds by Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council and now we need help for that final funding push.”

It’s possible to follow Crowley’s progress online through the campaign

After the five-day event in Lynn the Viking boat will be donated to Hanse House where it will be publicly displayed. However, it will be taken by ArtiPeeps on local, national and international tours.

The Nine Realms will be held at Hanse House from September 11-15 with the Viking boat at its heart.

Nicky added: “It will act as a focal point for the participatory, poetry-led realm tours which will run throughout the five days of the experience for the 1000-plus members of the general public and schools at our Schools Day. 

“Overviews of each realm will be given by Norse PhD student Caitlin Ellis, from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. We are also part of the National Heritage Open Day and 2015 Year of the Hanse.

“The Nine Realms’ aim is to ‘Magic the Norse World to Life’ for new audiences.

“It will showcase 45 global poets, writers, artists and musicians from Reading to the Philippines!

“Thirty-four new poems inspired by the nine realms of Norse mythology have been written and selected, as well as 19 new artworks representing the realms and nine new pieces of realm music.

“We are celebrating oral traditions and storytelling and we are also premiering a bespoke Minecraft Viking World and a Ragnarök comic written for children and adults drawn by two artists in the USA.

“The 45, poets, writers, artists and musicians from the UK and the world have all been working together for the last nine months via the ArtiPeeps website and the five-day experience is the ‘making real’ of our virtual online project. 

“As well as a celebration of all things Norse it is a celebration of creativity and collaboration. Many of us are coming together for the first time at the event.

“Having hosted our combined arts experience at Hanse House last year with Transformations we are happy to return to this venue once more because of its Hanseatic heritage.”

ArtiPeeps will also be hosting a special poetry reading with an open mic session at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library in Norwich on September 14. Two practical, Norse-themed workshops will also take place one focusing on poetry and one focusing on art.

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