Everybody Reads Fishing. A reading group and fishing trip in Hustadvika by curator Valentinas Klimasauskas, Lithuania. Coast 2019
Everybody Reads Fishing. A reading group and fishing trip in Hustadvika by curator Valentinas Klimasauskas, Lithuania. Photo: Kobie Nel / Coast 2019

Coast Contemporary is a platform for discourse and art that assemblies artists, curators, institutions and the public.

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 art workers. People meet over time, allowing questions to grow in calm surroundings. Founded in 2015 by artist Tanja Sæter.

Coast aims to present a piece of the contemporary art scene in Norway 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 310 collaborations in 12 countries.

In 2020 we launched a program for artists with kids and we welcome artists to travel with their child, and we tailor their participation the way it suits the artist the best. We have so far welcomed three female and one male artist participating with child.

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.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Arts and Culture Norway – Kulturrådet / Kulturdirektoratet
The Norwegian embassies in Paris, Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London, Hague, Rome and Berlin.
The Consulate General in New York
Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond BKH – The Artists Relief Fund
OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Bergen Municipality
Fritt Ord
KORO – Public Art Norway
Music Norway
Tromsø Municipality
Trondheim Municipality
Oslo Municipality Kulturetaten
Vestland County Council
NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad

Web programming by our amazing friends at Anyone

Web design by NODE and internetfriendsforever

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.