Friendly Vikings to ‘invade’ Lynn’s Hanse House

Holding a Norse painting by Raymond Bentley are Nicky Mortlock (left) and Karin Heyer of Artipeeps, joined by  Kirsty Gauntley of Hanse House where the  Norse world will be brought to life photo MLNF15MF08099
Holding a Norse painting by Raymond Bentley are Nicky Mortlock (left) and Karin Heyer of Artipeeps, joined by Kirsty Gauntley of Hanse House where the Norse world will be brought to life photo MLNF15MF08099
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Vikings ahoy – after nine months in the making, it’s now the final countdown to five days of Norse magic and mystery at the Hanse House in Lynn.

And once you step into The Gallery at Hanse House you will be taken into a Norse-inspired world that will intrigue and inspire adults and children.

The Nine Realms, which brings the Norse world to life, is being staged by Artipeeps, in collaboration with Hanse House, and opens next Friday, September 11, continuing to Tuesday, September 15.

Artipeeps is a collaborative, creativity and well-being not-for-profit organisation which specialises in large-scale collaborative initiatives, which has been up-and running since 2012 and its director is Nicky Mortlock, who describes herself as a ‘100 per cent creative soul who believes wholeheartedly in the power of creative expression and creative potential’.

The Nine Realms has been inspired by the Norse sagas and Norse cosmology and Nicky said: “All those visiting will be taken on a regular magical poetry-led realm tours around the nine realms of Norse mythology.

“Each of the realms will be introduced by a Norse expert, lit by a starry sky and the Northern lights.

“You will be introduced to a diverse range of contemporary new poetry, art, writing and music inspired by the Icelandic sagas and Viking mythology. These are sagas and stories which have influenced how we tell stories for centuries.

“During the five days it will be showcasing the work of 45 poets, writers, artists and musicians from the UK and around the globe, and featuring 40 new poems and 19 mixed medium art works inspired by the nine realms from Asgard to Alfheim.

“The event aims to celebrate characters such as Odin, Thor, Loki, Freyja, Midgard Serpent and Dwarf King.

“The realm tours intend to move visitors from attending to actively participating and everybody attending will get a chance to read a poem (optional).

“The event aims to encourage enjoyment, interaction and communication and also offers a wide range of interactive access points of Norse material.

“Nine new pieces of realm music have been commissioned as well as a bespoke hand-carved Viking boat.”

Nicky said that a unique Minecraft world had also been created by Adam Clarke who has worked with Tate Modern #TateWorlds.

Let’s play sessions will be available for children, young people and adults, while everyone will be given a Viking worksheet and a special Ragnarök comic. There will also be the chance to meet those involved in the creative works first-hand.

Next Friday’s opening will be a special schools’ day at The Nine Realms where 60 Year 6 pupils from Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy at Lynn will be going along to Hanse House. They are doing a ‘Vicious Vikings’ project in the first half of their term which fits in with the project perfectly.

Entry to The Nine Realms is free and there are poetry and art workshops on the Monday (14th) both within the context of The Nine Realms and Norse mythology; the poetry workshops aim to get people writing, while the art workshop will be teaching people the printing process of monotypes (poetry 10.30am-12.30pm; and art 2.30pm-4.30pm).

A special realm poetry reading with open mic session is also taking place in The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library in The Forum, Norwich between 5.45pm and 7.30pm, to be recorded and broadcast by Future Radio.

n For further details of The Nine Realms workshops or poetry reading, contact Nicky Mortlock on email artipeeps@ yahoo.co.uk.

n The Nine Realms has been supported with public funds by Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council.