28.9 2021 7 pm

Tjörn talks #1: The artist and the sea

GIBCA Extended

How do sea and human coexist? Throughout history, the vital water and the vastness of the oceans have inspired and fascinated. In this conversation, the two artists Anna Ling and Gunilla Hansson meet, who have both turned their eyes towards the sea. Through art, they approach this element from somewhat of a scientific point of view and create works that shed light on the conditions of the sea when it shares the planet with mankind. The artists also have a direct connection to Tjörn and The Nordic Watercolour Museum, as they are both represented in the museum's collection. During this talk, we get an insight into their artistry, while we at the same time broaden our perspective to see global and human issues.

Please note that the talk will be held in Swedish.

The talk is part of the GIBCA Extended program and will be live streamed on Facebook.

Do you want a seat in the audience?
We will welcome a limited number of people to hear the talk on site at the museum. Participation is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Apart from hearing the talk live on stage, you will get to see the stream being filmed while it is broadcasted.

Pre-book you seat here (Swedish)

Anna Ling is an artist and has been represented in the museum's collection for several years. She grew up on Tjörn and in this year's edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) she participates with ink paintings based on photographs of eelgrass meadows outside the island of Tjörn taken from above the surface of the sea. The works Zostera marina # 1-5 came to when the artist began to wonder why there were no longer as many fish in the waters she had fished as a child.

Gunilla Hansson is the artist behind the public work Singing Inhabitants, which can be seen outside The Nordic Watercolour Museum in the form of a text engraved in the planks on the bridge. The origin of the work is a newspaper notice about an archipelago that is under the threat to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean as the sea levels rises worldwide. In her art, Hansson often examines water from different perspectives.


The Nordic Watercolour Museum and the municipality of Tjörn present a series of talks to highlight the history and future of Tjörn, in different ways and from different perspectives. With invited guests, we discuss how life is formed when it’s condition is determined by the sea. Based on the biennial’s theme, we hope to raise global questions directly rooted in the history of the island, with topics ranging from herring and local history, to class issues and the global climate crisis.

28 september at 7 pm
The artist and the sea
Participants: Gunilla Hansson och Anna Ling

12 oktober at 7 pm
A home by the sea
Participants: Jenny Stenberg och Lena Aldrin Jansson

9 november at 7 pm
Fate at sea
Participants: Lennart Bornmalm och Simon Ekström