In advance of World Art Day, April 15, 2018, Holland America Line has announced that it is developing a special art experience onboard its ships and on shore during cruises. Launching this summer through its partner ArtLink, the new program will give guests the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive art events, experience the unique art and craftwork of the regions they visit, and to take home a memento of their experience. The program will be centered in an onboard gallery space exhibiting works by emerging artists curated from the destinations visited by the ships.
During the launch period, the galleries will showcase an ever-changing selection of photographs, sculptures, crafts, paintings and drawings by a select group of international artists. The general collection will gradually be replaced by changing exhibitions curated to reflect the regions of the world as the ships sail the globe. The works showcased in ArtLink galleries will be offered exclusively to Holland America Line guests.
An ArtLink Art Concierge and Art Specialists will be on-hand to provide guests with information and background on the works and the artists, as well as lead them through the acquisition process. Guests will be invited to view the pieces at cocktail parties, attend special talks, meet visiting artists and simply enjoy the galleries independently.
Future plans with the ArtLink partnership include an onboard residency program where guests will have the chance to attend live demonstrations and hands-on workshops with the visiting artists and curators, as well as the development of art-themed EXC Tours (shore excursions) that visit emerging artists in their workshops and galleries ashore.
ArtLink already has selected some of the first emerging international artists who will be featured on board – photographer Oleg Oprisco from Western Ukraine, Copenhagen-based photographer Nikolaj Lund, Rhode Island-based Kate Blacklock who works with 3D art printing, photography and painting; and photographer Kevin Best, originally from New Zealand.
For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.