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The Sea is full of Kind Creatures. The Sea is full of Trash!

19 June, 202131 October, 2021

This exhibition is a world. This world is the ocean. There, fish and trash coexist. For this exhibition, children thought about the ocean and their favourite characters from Nordic children´s books. Now, they invite us to a place to dream about a different nature. We all should take this invitation seriously. It asks us to observe, to remember the stories we read, but also to continue to draw – as the children did for this exhibition – and to tell stories. “The sea is full of kind creatures. The sea is full of trash!” is the first exhibition of The Water Drop, an international project creating cultural programming with and for children. This exhibition is curated by 13 children from the four partner countries of Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Estonia. The children have selected works from the collections of the partner museums that connect to the 14th Sustainable Development Goal of the UN: Life Below Water. They have also added their own drawings and texts, telling stories of the oceans.

The project puts a focus on creating cultural programming with and for children. The Water Drop is conceived by Culture Houses of Kópavogur in Iceland, H. C. Andersen Museum in Denmark, Moomin Museum in Finland and Ilon’s Wonderland in Estonia. The project is realised over a three-year period with an international array of collaborators including cultural institutions, museums, libraries, schools and independent cultural practitioners.

The project is made possible by the generous support of: Erasmus+, Children’s Culture Fund of Iceland, Kópavogur Art & Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Fund and Nordplus.

Young Curators:

Elsa Johanna Talvistu, Fjóla Kristín Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Freyja Lóa Sigríðardóttir, Ines Väänänen, Kristine Hjarsbæk Sörensen, Lóa Arias, Maisa Kiviniity, Mathilde Aagaard Andersen, Minea Engmann, Moona Ojasoo, Olivia Rosenfeldt Lacy, Vigdís Una Tómasóttir, Íva Jovisic.

Photo: Drawing by the young curators.