Please join us for a conversation between members of the artist-run spaces Studio 17 (Stavanger), 1857 (Oslo), and Breadbox Contemporary (Oslo). The conversation comes out of a discussion with Studio 17, one of few artist-run spaces in the Rogaland region, on their confusing battle with local government and developers to defend their place at Nytorget, Stavanger. Nytorget is the site of a proposed wholesale redevelopment, itself reminiscent of other culture-centralization projects in Norway such as KHiO.
It feels like there is something important lost here, that there is a generative quality to an engagement with a place on its terms. Artist-run spaces, through their self-organization and scrappiness, often provide good examples of how this can be done.
In this conversation we will hear from three artist runs as to how place affects the work they do.
About the speakers:
Studio 17 (Anette Gellein, Marie Midttun Skretting, and Espen Birkedal)
Studio17 is an independent exhibition space for contemporary art in Stavanger. Established in 2013, it is run by cultural workers primarily on a voluntary basis. The gallery located in Nytorget frequently hosts events that often take place over a weekend.
1857 (Steffen Håndlykken)
1857 was founded by artists Steffen Håndlykken and Stian Eide Kluge in 2010. It operated as a project space for eight years in a former lumberyard in downtown Oslo. In a raw, industrial setting, 1857 produced a series of distinctive exhibitions that introduced young international artists to audiences local and abroad. The tail end of 1857’s program saw closer collaborations with artists in various venues in Oslo, until the final exhibition in 2019.
1857 was run and directed by Steffen Håndlykken, Jenny Kinge and Stian Eide Kluge, alongside a number of essential contributors.
Breadbox Contemporary (Jasper Siverts)
Breadbox Contemporary is an artist-run exhibition space located inside the cafeteria of Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO). Started by Kaare Ruud, now run by Jasper Siverts.