Troll in the Elevator. Performance by Tori Wrånes. Photo: Laimonas Puisys.

Coast Contemporary is a space for art and a place of encounter that assembles artists and art professionals.
It is a journey aboard the Norwegian coast, on the historic ship Hurtigruten.

Coast Contemporary is generously supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Consulate General in New York, the Municipality of Bergen, KOROURO, the Norwegian Arts Council, NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad and Fritt Ord.

People, art, ocean, landscape, weather, and food meet while the spectacular Norwegian coast passes by.

Coast Contemporary was founded by Tanja Sæter in 2015 and she is the Founding Director and artistic leader of Coast Contemporary.
The upcoming second edition Rugged, weathered, above the sea is curated by Charles Aubin and takes place on Hurtigruten from Svolvær in Lofoten to Bergen, 21. – 26. October 2018.
The first edition was co-curated by Helga-Marie Nordby and Tanja Sæter, and took place in September 2017.

We aim to show parts of the contemporary Norwegian art scene mixed up with international artists, curators, writers, galleries, art collectors, museums and institutions.

The program consists of presentations, panels, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, and performances by artists as well as Norwegian and international art professionals, institutions, and writers.

The trip out to sea starts off in the north of Norway in a small cluster of islands called Lofoten and runs down the coast. We visit Trondheim and end the journey in Bergen in the southwest with visits to different institutions.

The ship as an arena for the artistic program provides opportunities for a more cohesive and focused experience. A slower pace allows for more tranquility during conversations and meetings than we usually get at art fairs and biennials, and can create more opportunities for future artistic collaborations.


Coast Contemporary aims to be an important link between artists and the established art scene. Our new Artist Program will make the road for an artist a little easier to travel. Selected by an Arts Council annually, each artist will receive the help that they need finding the right people to work with. This is not a part of our curated program on board the ship, and takes place all year around.
The Arts Council Members consists of artist Kenneth Varpe, professor and writer Timotheus Vermeulen and founder of Coast Contemporary Tanja Sæter.


At the core of Coast Contemporary is the realization that people often need more time to establish a connection and a relationship. As the world spins at a faster and faster pace it is important to slow down and focus to be able to discover and interact. Sharing ideas and artistic visions is more important than ever. A ship was the perfect and isolated arena for Coast Contemporary to allow people to discover new artists, curators and institutions, meet, slow down, talk, listen and be together.

Coast Contemporary will hopefully provide something useful, new and interesting to all involved.

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