Engelskmannsbrygga in Henningsvær was built in the 1890s by an English pharmaceutical company for the production of medicinal cod liver oil. Today, well over a century later, there is not a single drop of fish oil left. Instead, skilled artisans fill the traditional wharf with modern Norwegian design.
The workshop collective was established in 1997 and today consists of potter Cecilie Haaland, glassblowers Heidi Kristiansen and Mette Paalgard and photographer John Stenersen. Ever since its inception, visitors have been welcomed, and with these open workshops you get an opportunity to gain insight into these artisans work process and passion for their professions.
The artists have noticed a growing interest for what is genuine. An increasing number of visitors appreciate the local arts and crafts, exciting design and the inviting, open workshops. A diverse selection of functional arts and crafts items offer unique travel memories that will add everyday joy to your home.
In the gallery you will find a wide range of arts and crafts, all of it showing wholesome and considered designs. The artists work continuously to develop new products, whilst at the same time acknowledging that many of their classical products have become collectors’ items amongst regular customers.
If you would like to challenge your own creative ability, the glassblowers offer a bespoke experience in which participants are introduced to the glass world. This activity can be adapted to both larger and smaller groups, and must be booked in advance.
Engelskmannsbrygga is located in the middle of the square in Henningsvær. Here it is but a short distance to cosy cafes, overnight accommodations, the gallery 925 Catrine Linder, the art hall Kaviarfabrikken, the cultural centre Trevarefabrikken and Galleri Lofoten.
In recent years, Henningsvær has undergone a major transformation - from being a traditional fishing village with little else to offer outside of the majestic scenery, to the urban centre for artists, culture lovers and outdoor enthusiasts that we see today. Taking a stroll along the quays is a great way to experience how this once ancient coastal culture has adapted to modern times.
Did you know...
... Engelskmannsbrygga has also been used as a stock fish warehouse and barrel factory?
01.september - 29.oktober:
fredag-lørdag : 11.00-18.00
Text: Christine Kristoffersen Hansen
Address: Dreyersgate 1, Henningsvær
Photographer: Dan Mariner