Inspired by Scandinavia

Course details

From £67.00

Sat 23 Mar 2019

Inspired by Scandinavia


In this latest instalment of the ‘Inspired by’ series we look at the art, design, film, music and literature produced by the countries of Scandinavia. We will explore the development of Scandinavian classical music and, including Finland in our overview, we will look at the role of the composer Sibelius in the forging of modern Finnish national identity.

Scandinavian art and design is perhaps the most obvious cultural export – from the IKEA items in nearly every British home to the quirky Oxford Synagogue, the core of which was designed by the great Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. ‘Scandi’ design has been synonymous with cool since the 1950s but long before that fine artists across the Scandinavian region created paintings, sculptures and worked to the highest level in applied arts including jewellery and glass.

Each country of the Scandinavian region has its own rich history in literature, starting with ancient texts in languages such as old Norse. We will focus on later literature, looking at 19th century writers in particular.

Finally, our lecture on film will look at how Scandinavian film makers have forged a unique style, inspired by their own surroundings and cultural history.

Programme details


9.45am            Registration

10.00am          An overview of Scandinavian Film

                        Kiri Walden

11.15am           Coffee/tea

11.35am          Scandinavian classical music, Sibelius and his role in Finnish national identity

                        Dr Rikky Rooksby

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Early to Mid-Century Modern: 20th-Century Scandinavian Modernism

                        Nick Pearson

3.15pm             Tea/coffee

3.45pm            Scandinavian Italies: Representations of Italy in nineteenth-century Scandinavian Literature

                        Dr Elettra Carbone

5.00pm           Course disperses


Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90
Full lunch: £14.00


Mr Nick Pearson


is a practicing artist who has exhibited internationally.

He teaches on the Foundation in Art & Design and BA Graphic Design & Visual Communications courses at London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA), is a founder director and regular lecturer at OPEN Ealing Arts Centre, London and runs the art history programme of the School of Ideas at Richmond Adult Community College.

Dr Rikky Rooksby


is a tutor at OUDCE with a PhD in English Literature. He is a guitar teacher and composer, and author of many articles, reviews and books on English literature and popular music, including an 11-volume songwriting series that started in 2000 with the best-selling How To Write Songs On Guitar.

His Oxford Experience summer school courses include The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain and British Popular Music 1963-73. He is currently working on a book about the C20th symphony.

Dr Elettra Carbone


Lecturer in Norwegian Studies, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UCL

Mrs Kiri Walden

Director of Studies

Kiri Teaches film and cultural studies at OUDCE and is author of British Film Studios (Shire Library, 2013). She has worked in film, on both sides of the camera.


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