Coast Contemporary

The first edition.

The program focused on the strong artist run scene in Norway, institutions initiated by artists, and the art scene as a whole, as we are all, or at least should be, in the same boat.

The first edition was co-curated by Helga-Marie Nordby and founder Tanja Sæter.

Curatorial contributions by institutions invited to bring an artist in The Cabin Series were:

SCHLOSS, artist-run space in Oslo presented Gerasimos Floratos and Veronica Bruce. Curator Ida Ekblad.

RAKE artist-run space in Trondheim presented Hanna Fauske.
Curators Charlotte Stokstad and Trygve Ohren.

UKS – Young Artists Society /National Artist Union presented Nora Joung.
Curated by Rhea Dall.

1857, artist-run space in Oslo presented Nancy Lupo.
Curators Stian Eide Kluge and Steffen Håndlykken.

Entrée, artist-run space in Bergen presenting Danilo Correale.
Curator Randi Grov Berger.

Kunsthall Stavanger presented Hanne Lippard.
Curator Hanne Mugaas.

Locations: Svolvær, Kvalnes and Henningsvær in Lofoten, Hurtigruten (a ship), Trondheim and Bergen.




Nils Bech – Performance

Veronica Bruce & Jennie Bergsli – Performance

A K Dolven – Studio visit

Tori Wrånes – Performance

Reverie: On the Liberation from Work. Hypnotherapy, 21:20 min x 2, LP Record. By Danilo Correale during the first edition in 2017. Photo: Laimonas Puisys

The Cabin Series

Three on-board cabins served as ambulating galleries in what we called The Cabin Series. A program introducing a selection of independent, artist run or artist governed contemporary art spaces in Norway. Each invited space is given carte blanche to program according to their own agendas, with a new space presenting a new project in each cabin, each day of the journey.


Nancy Lupo by 1857 – Oslo 
Danilo Correale by Entrée – Bergen 
Hanne Lippard by Kunsthall Stavanger – Stavanger 
Hanna Fauske by RAKE visningsrom – Trondheim 
Gerasimos Floratos and Veronica Bruce by SCHLOSS – Oslo 
Nora Joung by UKS – Oslo 

Lunch at Trevarefabrikken in Henningsvær, Lofoten, 2017. Photo: Laimonas Puisys.

All Participating Guests 2017

An overview of artists, curators, institutions, international guests, ministries, municipalities, writers/critics, and visited spaces.

The Goodness Regime. (filmstill)  
A film by Sille Storihle and Jumana Manna screened during the first edition in 2017. 
Photo: Sille Storihle.

Film Program

The Goodness Regime by Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle.

Equivalent Units by Danilo Correale, presented by Entrée.

When I go out I bleed Magic & I found you under tree under earth by Ingrid Torvund.

Portrait of a man reminiscent of my father and Reconstruction by Mattias Härenstam.

Trude Schelderup Iversen, Senior Curator at KORO - Art in Public Space. Photo: Laimonas Puisys.


Presentations were given by

Marit Sande, Culture Coordinator at NORLA – Norwegian Litterature Abroad – Frankfurt Book Fair 2019.

Edwige Baron, Project manager, Artists & research, Berlin Biennial 2018

Alexander Ferrando, Director of Metro Pictures Gallery, New York

Ina Johannessen, Director of Ekebergparken

Ina Otzko, artist and Chairwoman of the Association of North Norwegian Artists

Natalie O`Donnel, Curator Munchmuseet on the Move

Trude Schjeldrup Iversen, Senior Curator Public Art Norway

Hilde Barstad, Director of Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Oslo

Lise Dahl, Curator North Norwegian Art Museum


Talks 2017

When the underground becomes establishment.
Contributing: 1857, Entrée, Prosjektrom Normanns and the National Museum.

The impact of artists practices – The double-bind of identity.
Artist Sille Storihle in conversation with Alexander Ferrando, Director of Metro Pictures, New York.

The impact of artists practices – Science & Speculation.
Artists Toril Johannesen and Jan Freuchen in conversation with writer and critic Orit Gat, New York.

Challenging the boarders of biennials. A conversation with Documenta 14 curator Paul B. Preciado and curatorial advisor Andrea Linnenkohl, Lofoten International Art Festival curator Heidi Ballet, Bergen Assemblys director Haakon Thuestad and Senior Advisor Trude Schelderup Iversen from KORO – Art in Public Space.

The impact of artists practices – Under the Surface. Mattias Härenstam in conversation with Sam Thorne, Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Visiting RAKE visningsrom, artist run space in Trondheim. Photo: Laimonas: Puisys.

Land Program

Please scroll down for images and details. The 2017 Land Program consisted of:

Lofoten visits in Svolvær, Lyngvær, Kvalnes and Henningsvær:

Exhibition by Tor Esaisson, curated by Kjetil Berge at the North Norwegian Art Centre, Svolvær.

A K Dolven & Even-Bie Larsen at Studio Kvalnes.
Art Scape Nordland – Guided buss tour with artist A K Dolven and visit to Dan Grahams out door sculpture in Lyngvær.

Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF:
I Taste the Future Visit with talks, performances and guided tours of the 2017 edition of LIAF
Introduction by curators Heidi Ballet and Milena Høgsberg followed by visits to Trevarefabrikken, Nordbryggen, Henningsvær Stadion & Fredriksenbruket.

Visit to the Kaviar Factory – a contemporary art gallery in Henningsvær: Guided tour by Director Venke Hoff.

Trondheim visits:

A New We exhibition at Kunsthall Trondheim. Introduced by Carl Martin Faurby.

Trøndelagsutstillingen at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art. Guided tour.

RAKE visningsrom, visit to the artist-run space at the harbor.

Bergen visits:

Entrée, artist run gallery.

KODE Museum

Hordaland Kunstsenter / Art Centre, work by artist Martin Stråhle.

KNIPSU with performance of Eroticalitilities by NDRAP Development in collaboration with Tariq Hindic& the Avalanche Boys.

Bergen Kunsthall presenting O Superman To Girls, Tricky. I Am Here, Where Are You: On Vocal Performance
A group show organized by Mark Beasley.

The Going Away Party – Coast Contemporarys final program post at Bergen Kunsthall consisted of
SOFT, INTERLUDE, a performance by Veronica Bruce with Jennie Bergsli.
Dead language poetry, a performance by Espen Sommer Eide, with Mari Kvien Brunvoll.

Bjørn Torske, DJ and producer, one of Norwegian dance music’s true originators, brought the first edition of Coast Contemporary to a celebratory finale with a Nordic disco set of epic proportions.