On 6-10 December 2021 the Director of the VAA Panemunė Castle dr. Marius Daraškevičius hosted a workshop “Northern Renaissance” for the KUNO network students. 13 students from the Nordic-Baltic academies in Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Lithuania worked together for a course of one week in Panemunė Castle. 

The aim of the course was to discover the common and different features of the Northern Renaissance in different KUNO network countries while staying in a Renaissance castle in Lithuania, to learn more about Italian Renaissance, about Renaissance in Lithuania and to present Renaissance peculiarities of different Nordic-Baltic countries. The course consisted of theoretical lectures, practical architectural in situ research, homework presentations and discussions.

In a week of masterly presentations, challenging assignments, inspiring excursions and a lot of simply great social events, The Northern Renaissance Discussion Group provided me with an all-round knowledge and a lot of in depth perspectives on an immensely formative and fervent period in our common history. I will definitely integrate material from the conference into my own artistic practice. For me, it could not have been held at a more appropriate time and the same goes for the location; it is safe to say that all participants are left with a deep impression by the splendor of Panemunė Castle all dressed-up for the holidays and surrounded by icy ponds and snow-clad hills. Dreamy!
I had the experience of a very well planned week, as my fellow conferences came to Lithuania from a wide array of countries and we of course were living in an actual Renaissance castle, while we were learning about the cross-cultural currents of the Renaissance. Now, that is a carefully crafted concept! It really made me think of heritage as a means to make people meet, rather than separating them. Thank you for a great experience!

Oliver Bugge, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Student accommodation and travel expenses were funded by the Nordplus/KUNO network.