ARTIST DRIVEN EXHIBITION SPACES
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk
Curator and artist
Randi Grov Berger
Curator and founder Entrée
Vilde Salhus Røed
Panel discussion w/ moderator Maria Lyngstad Willassen
Over the past decades numerous artist-run exhibition spaces have been established across Norway and Europe, initiated with a desire for financial, geographical and technical flexibility. These spaces have rapidly become recognised as important arenas for displaying young contemporary art, as the independent and dynamic aspect has proven successful with artists as well as audiences. Have these new platforms for art changed the way todays artists produce their work?
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk has first hand experience with initiating and managing artist-run galleries, as well as an extensive overview of the development of the Norwegian art scene from the 90s until the present. He will through his talk look at the dynamics between the institution, the artist and the audience.
Randi Grov Berger will further give us an insight into the artist-run space Entrée’s many projects and tell us about how she has established an the well-recognised exhibition space in central Bergen, which can celebrate its ten-year anniversary next year.
Vilde Salhus Røed will specifically talk about three exhibitions at three different Norwegian artist-run exhibition spaces. She will go into the different practical conditions at these venues that necessarily affect the artistic process, production and their economy.
The talks are held in Norwegian.
In connection with this lecture, we will also hold a local debate in collaboration with Bodø BoBy on Thursday, November 15th. The debate will focus on artist-driven initiatives and creative businesses in Bodø city centre.
See noua.no for information.
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk was the initiator in the establishment of Kunsthall Oslo and chaired the institution from 2009 to 2012. He has been project manager for ‘Artistic Disorders - Art in Nordland’ from 2003 to 2005; co-curator for Momentum - Nordic Biennale for Contemporary Art, Moss (with Caroline Corbetta); manager at Kunstnernes Hus from 2000 to 2001); co-curator of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) (with Tor Inge Kveum); exhibition manager at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki in 1999; and manager the artist-driven Otto Plonk gallery in Bergen from 1995 to 1998.
Eeg-Tverbakk has worked closely with several artists, including Nathan Coley, Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Matias Faldbakken, Marianne Heier, Aleksandra Mir, Marjetica Potr, Eva Rothschild, Francesc Ruiz, Lawrence Weiner and Knut Åsdam.
Eeg-Tverbakk is currently working as the curator of the first edition of the Oslo Bienniale together with Eva González-Sancho.
Randi Grov Berger (b.1982, Stord, Norway) is a freelance curator who also runs the exhibition space Entrée in Bergen, Norway, which she co-founded with artist Cato Løland in 2009. Grov Berger is educated from the Konstfack University in Stockholm, Valand Academy in Gothenburg and Bergen Academy of Art and Design. In 2013 she coordinated the Norwegian pavilion ‘Without Walls’ for Performa 13 Biennial in New York, the year after she coordinated the ’Norwegian Focus’ at Printed Matters New York Art Book Fair at MoMA Ps1. She has also worked as an art consultant for KORO. This year Grov Berger is curating the annual Vestlandsutstillingen on different venues on the West coast of Norway.
Entrée is an artist-run exhibition space in Bergen, which since its inception in 2009 has been a springboard for up and coming artists for further exhibitions in Norway and abroad. As a central venue at the Bergen art scene, Entrée already in 2010 co-curated the exhibition BGO1 at the KODE Art Museum in Bergen, and has since initiated collaborations with several institutions in Norway and abroad. Entrée has commissioned several productions, mainly for solo exhibitions but also group exhibitions and in public spaces.
Since 2011, Entrée has received support for artist-run exhibition spaces from the Arts Council Norway and eventually on in the budget from Bergen Municipality. Entrée has been a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) since 2017, after organizing several satellite projects in New York since 2013. This year Entrée has turned into a mini art cinema focusing on film and video, and have presented films by artists such as Yafei Qi, Marysia Lewandowska, Jon Rafman, Johanna Billing, Damir Avdagic and many more.
Vilde Salhus Røed (b. 1981) is educated with a master in fine art from Bergen National Academy of the Arts. Salhus Røeds art projects often revolve around photography, where she explores the material and contextual side of the medium. She rarely takes her own pictures, but archive and reuse of historical material has been central to several of her works.
In addition to her own art projects, Salhus Røed works as an Information Manager at BEK - Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts. She has initiated a shared studio collective and is currently running Mørkerommet (The Darkroom) in Bergen.
Salhus Røed has exhibited at amongst other, Entrée, Visningsrommet USF, Lillehammer Art Museum, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Preus Museum, Fotogralleriet, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kunsthal Charlottenborg and KODE - Art Museums and Composer Homes in Bergen.
Maria Lyngstad Willassen (born 1985) is an advisor for art and culture dissemination in Nordland County, as well as freelance writer. She graduated from Bergen University of Arts and Design and the Writing Art Academy in Hordaland. She has previously worked as an art assistant at Hordaland Art Center and was co-editor of the art book series Dublett and for the magazine Vagant.