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, onboard the 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. The upcoming second edition is curated by Charles Aubin and takes place on Hurtigruten from Svolvær to Bergen, 21. – 26. October 2018.
The first edition was co-curated by Helga-Marie Nordby and Founding Director 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 onboard 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.
Our upcoming Open Call for representation is in August 2018.

Programs will be specifically tailored to each artist.


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.


Tanja Sæter began her artistic career as a glassblower and artist, before turning to artistic interventions in society, where she wants to improve and influence the lives of artists and strengthen the artist economy and the bonds between art professionals in the art world at large. She is the architect behind Oslo Open art festivals international press and curators program, where international curators and writers visit hundreds of artists’ studios every year. This has resulted in several international collaborations between artists, curators and institutions.

Sæter also initiated the children’s art festival BOO! Taking place in artists’ studios all over Oslo, it introduces kids to artists and contemporary art at an early age and pays artists for their important work. She has recently worked for three years to establish a historical collective insurance agreement for artists.

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