OLE JENSEN (DK)

Related Projects: Belgrade Design Week Festival 2012

So many thanks to all colleagues, Jovan and the entire Belgrade Design Week. BDW is quite different from other design events. It is more about people than products. BDW is healing for designer souls.

Ole Jensen, Born 1958 in Ejsing, Denmark

Ceramist and designer
Lives and works in Copenhagen

Educated at The Arts and Crafts College in Kolding, Denmark. Left in 1985.
Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, 1985–89.
Cooperation with Bing & Grøndahl (now Royal Copenhagen) 1985.
Co-founder, ’Showroom of Art’, Copenhagen, 1989–94.
Project leader at Denmark’s School of Design, Copenhagen, (Institute of Product Design), 1992–99.
Member of the executive commitee of the Council of Arts, Crafts and Design, The Academy Council for Public Art and Design, and the board of representatives of Designskolen Kolding, 1998–2002.
Appointed Chairman of the Craft and Design Committee of the Danish Arts Foundation, 2002–04.
Curator (together with Lars Dybdahl) for Biennale 2007, at Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding.
Member of the Artists’ Association.
Member of Danish Crafts & Design Association
The Danish Arts Foundation Lifelong Artist Grant, 2009
Visiting Professor at Alfred University, New York State, Fall 2013

Belgrade Design Week is a one-off – a unique set-up that is free from the corporate atmosphere that so often pervades other such events. The energy, optimism and warmth of Jovan and his team flows through every event – lectures, workshops, meals & drinks alike!   I’ve never been good at sitting in a dark lecture hall for more than an hour or so at a time but found myself doing three lectures back to back at Belgrade – such was the quality of speakers. Timetabling was crazy at times but at BDW everybody seems happy to ‘go with the flow’ – and has an even better time for doing so. The City of Belgrade should be very proud of this gem!

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