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Bella Rune’s 3D sculpture, which was only visible through an app for mobiles and tablets, as part of the exhibition Nordic Delights at Oslo Kunstforening.  Photo: Christine Leithe Hansen, Oslo Kunstforening.

In Anne Cecilie Lie’s performance, the artist enacted a column in the underground of Heimdal train station. Photo: Christina Undrum Andersen.

Musician Bergmund Waal Skaslien performed his work, The Dead Violaplayer, in various locations during the performance festival in Heimdal. Photo: Christina Undrum Andersen.

Art societies explore local and national identity through contemporary art In May 2016, Heimdal Kunstforening hosted a three-day performance art festival in the public spaces of Heimdal, an industrial suburb of Trondheim. This marked the beginning of the art project Tatt av Heimdal, in which the local art society, in collaboration with curator Helga-Marie Nordby, uses performance art to explore the identities of Heimdal and its inhabitants.

remote locations, which are based purely on voluntary work. In spite of their differences in size, budget and exhibition profile, the art societies share the goal of bringing art to the public.

By the Norwegian Association of Art Societies

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The exhibition Nordic Delights is part of Oslo Kunstforening’s 180th anniversary. The featured artists all live and work in the Nordic countries, yet most of them have their roots elsewhere. The exhibition has its starting point in camera-based art and is a collaboration between Oslo Kunstforening (NO), Fotografisk Center (DK), The Finnish Museum of Photography (FI), and Kalmar Konstmuseum (SE). The next stop for Nordic Delights is Kalmar Konstmuseum, showing from 1 October to 20 November this year. These events are among the projects that the Norwegian Association of Art 14  |  Issue 90  |  July 2016

Societies initiates and supports in order to give the public access to professional contemporary art, regardless of where in Norway they live. For many Norwegians, the closest art museum is hours away. Norway’s 160 art societies are scattered all over the country, and are therefore vital for introducing a wide audience to contemporary art. Since 1836, the art societies, which are non-profit organisations, have played an important role in the Norwegian art scene. Today the art societies range from leading professional art venues in the major cities, to galleries in more

The Norwegian Association of Art Societies comprises 160 member societies. The main goal is to give everyone access to professional art. The organisation offers the member societies workshops and seminars, project funding and a range of initiatives to professionalise the art societies.

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