Coast Contemporary is a platform for discourse and art that assemblies artists, curators, institutions and the public. Founded in 2015 by artist Tanja Sæter. It is also a journey taking place on islands, ships and in different cities. We wish to be a platform and a link of support for artists and the art scene. People meet over time, allowing questions to grow in calm surroundings.
Coast aims to present the contemporary art scene mixed up with international artists, curators, writers, activists, artist unions, organizations, galleries, museums, institutions and the support system around the arts. We wish to share and open up the arts to an international audience and contribute to a stronger artist and art worker economy by making it easier to find your next collaboration.
Since 2017 we have contributed to 265 collaborations in 12 countries.
The program consists of presentations, panels, exhibitions, film screenings, conversations and performances.
At the core of Coast Contemporary is the realization that people often need more time to establish a connection and a work relationship and that artists are often not included in the arenas where the decisions are made for the next exhibition program. Sharing ideas and artistic visions is more important than ever. A island or a ship is the perfect and isolated arena for Coast Contemporary to allow people to discover new artists, curators and institutions, the support system, the artist unions, meet, slow down, talk and listen.
Coast Contemporary is run by founder and artistic director Tanja Sæter. Artist Kenneth Varpe is in charge of digital presentations and has arranged all editions together with Sæter and a changing team over the years.
Advisory Board Members
Timotheus Vermeulen. Vermeulen is professor in media, culture and society and coordinator of the PHD program in Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. His research interests include cultural theory, aesthetics, and the close textual analysis of film, television and contemporary art. He is also an author and art critic.
Kenneth Varpe. Varpe is an artist and an active representative of the artist community, working to uphold what artists have built together over hundreds of years. He is a board member of UKS / The Young Artists´Society, Vederlangsfondet / The Artists Relieve Fund and Stavanger Kunsthall.
Coast Contemporary is generously supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the embassies in Berlin, London, Rome and Paris, the Royal Consulate General in New York, the Municipality of Bergen, KORO – URO, Vestland County Council, The Norwegian Arts Council, Trondheim Municipality, Fritt Ord and Oslo Municipality.
The third edition ORGANIZED FREEDOM in 2019 was curated by artist Sverre Gullesen and Tanja Sæter. It started in the city of Molde located in the North West Coast of Norway. We continued from Molde and spent three nights on the island Håholmen in Hustadvika, Averøy and stopped by Columna Transatlantica by Jan Freuchen at The Atlantic Ocean Road, before stopping in Bud and getting off in Kristiansund where we boarded the ship Hurtigruten for one night, and spent the final days in the city of Bergen, located on the West Coast.
Our second edition in 2018 titled Rugged, weathered, above the sea was curated by Charles Aubin in dialogue with Tanja Sæter.
The film programme Evolution, meet orgasm was curated by Rhea Dall, in dialogue with Charles Aubin.
Our Art Book Fair was curated by the invited artist run publishing houses and book fairs Bergen Art Book Fair, Mondo Books, Heavy Books and Lodret Vandret (DK).
The writers programme was organized in collaboration with NORLA -Norwegian Literature Abroad.
It took place in the North of Norway in Svolvær and Kvalnes in Lofoten. We boarded the ship Hurtigruten, sailed down the coast, visited the city of Trondheim, continued the sea voyage and spent the final days in the city of Bergen, located on the West Coast.
The first edition in September 2017 was co-curated by Helga-Marie Nordby and Tanja Sæter. It took place in the North of Norway in Svolvær and Henningsvær in Lofoten. We boarded the ship Hurtigruten, sailed down the coast, visited the city of Trondheim, continued the sea voyage and spent the final days in the city of Bergen, located on the West Coast.
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Coast Contemporary strongly recommends travel insurance for all participating guests and takes no responsibility for lost luggage, injuries, sickness, cancelled flights or other matters during travel.