Prosjektrom Normanns is closing 01.01.2020

Prosjektrom Normanns is closing down 01.01.2020, after nine years activity. At our Normanns space, and through projects nationally and internationally, we have combined executed 57 projects, with 131 artists and curators - 77 women and 54 men - from 14 different countries. It has been fantastic, valuable and intense. We are now looking forward to more studio time.

“Working with Prosjektrom Normanns has been amazing. We have been very fortunate to collaborate with strong and talented artists and curators, who all have become part of our social project and large network, where love for the arts has been key. We have learned and experienced a lot, and achieved things we never would have imagined. We are deeply thankful for every part of this artistic journey”, says a unified board; Elin Melberg, Helene Ødegaard and Margrethe Aanestad.

To run an artist-run space is professionally very rewarding, but it also demands a lot of time and focus away from our personal careers as artists. Prosjektrom Normanns has the past years reached a high level of professionalism, and as a consequence, the non-for-profit in reality requires at least two full time positions and our full attention”, says Melberg and Aanestad."We are first and foremost artists, and we have been artists promoting other artists for almost a decade. Now it is time to focus 100% on our own careers. Having that said - we are open to engage with interesting external curatorial projects as a duo in the future.”

Peace out, Prosjektrom Normanns.

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A Cantata for Two Men , Am Scmidt (USA), from the exhibition  Terms and Conditions: A Sonata for Two Women , curated by Amanda Schmitt (USA), 2019. Photo: Jan Inge Haga.

A Cantata for Two Men, Am Scmidt (USA), from the exhibition Terms and Conditions: A Sonata for Two Women, curated by Amanda Schmitt (USA), 2019. Photo: Jan Inge Haga.

Frail Mighty - Kunsthall Stavanger, opening November 1., 2018

In the autumn of 2018, Kunsthall Stavanger will launch a new series of exhibitions in which artist-run spaces are invited to present a project within their galleries. Prosjektrom Normanns is proud to be invited to curate the inaugural exhibition in the series, titled Frail Mighty, where we will present the following artists; AK Dolven (NO), Vibeke Tandberg (NO), Mattias Härenstam (NO), Ane Graff (NO) and Nathlie Provosty (USA). In addition we are invited to a duo-exhibition with our own work:

Nathlie Provosty, Life of Forms, installation view, Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy, 2017. 

Nathlie Provosty, Life of Forms, installation view, Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy, 2017. 

Sofia Eliasson (SE) selected to our Open Call Exhibition for the Fall 2018!

We received an overwhelming number of 230 applications from many different countries towards our Open Call exhibition this fall.

Our jury, Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez from Miami-based Dimensions Variable have now gone through all the applications, and were very impressed with the high artistic quality. It was a thorough and difficult process, but one artist has now been selected. We want to congratulate Sofia Eliasson (SE) who has been invited to show in our space this fall. Sofia Eliasson is a swedish visual artist based in Bergen, Norway. We look forward to work with you!


Closing the Eyes to see That Which the Retina Refuses to Acknowledge (2017)


The City of Oslo Art Collection purchased Per Christian Browns´complete exhibition "Wonders of the Volcano" - 14 pieces.

We are proud to announce that The City of Oslo Art Collection has purchased the complete exhibition "Wonders of the Vulcano" by Per Christian Brown. Currently on view, Dec. 1. until January 5., 2018, at Prosjektrom Normanns. Article in Stavanger Aftenblad here (In Norwegian).

Photo: Tommy Ellingsen

Photo: Tommy Ellingsen

January 2018! We will be part of the second edition of Untitled San Francisco, together with Kunsthall Stavanger and Rogaland kunstsenter!

Artnews announces the Exhibitors List for the Second Edition of the Untitled San Francisco Art Fair, taking place at Palace of Fine Arts: "This January marks the second time the Untitled art fair, which has been popping up in Miami Beach each December since 2012, will stage a show in San Francisco, that burgeoning market hub. This time around, there are 47 exhibitors from nine countries for a fair to run January 12-14, 2018, at the city’s Palace of Fine Arts."
To read the full article click HERE.

Artists: Jan Christensen, Ingeborg Kvame, Ole Martin Lund Bø, Anders Sletvold Moe, Ingrid Toogood, Siv Bugge Vatne, Elin Melberg, Margrethe Aanestad


Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco


April 18. 2017: Prosjektrom Normanns at Kunstsnakk #8, at The National Museum in Oslo, Norway

Prosjektrom Normanns are invited to do at talk the National Art Museum in Oslo on April 18., 2017 (6-7.30pm). Kunstsnakk #8 will be at Mellomstasjonen, as is a conversation with Sabrina van der Ley, director of dep. of contemporary art, where we will talk about the various aspects of Prosjektrom Normanns as an artist run space, and also our individual practices as artists. For more information click here (in Norwegian).


Photo: Jan Inge Haga


March 28., 2017: On Art Fairs / Omar Lopez-Chahoud (USA) in conversation with Geir Haraldseth (NO) at Kunsthall Stavanger

Curator Lopez-Chahoud is curating the upcoming show at Prosjektrom Normanns; "Dios, Union, Libertad" (God, Unity, Liberty) by the art collective The Fire Theory from San Salvador. He is in Stavanger this week, and we have teamed up with Rogaland kunstsenter and Kunsthall Stavanger to learn more about his practice. 

He is based in New York and head of the curatorial team behind Untitled Art Fair – an international curated art fair for contemporary art which was held for the first time on Miami Beach in 2012 during Art Basel Miami. Since then Untitled has taken place annually in Miami, and was extended to include San Francisco in January 2017. The artist run gallery Prosjektrom Normanns has attended Untitled four times, both in Miami and San Francisco. 

Lopez-Chahoud will first make a brief presentation of Untitled and the emergence and history of the art fair. In a subsequent conversation with Geir Haraldseth, general manager at Rogaland Art Centre, we will talk about what it takes to execute a trade on an international scale, as well as speculate on what is needed in Stavanger.

The event is a collaboration between Kunsthall Stavanger, Rogaland kunstsenter and Prosjektrom Normanns. 

Ann Iren Buan, Drifters (2015), at Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco 2017, presented by Prosjektrom Normanns. Photo: Elin Melberg

Ann Iren Buan, Drifters (2015), at Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco 2017, presented by Prosjektrom Normanns.
Photo: Elin Melberg

Prosjektrom Normanns will participate at the Untitled Art Fair in San Fransisco in January 2017

We are proud to announce our participation at Untitled UNTITLED Art Fair San Fransisco in January 13.-15. 2017. We will present works by Ann Iren Buan (NO) and Jan Christensen (NO). Together with SCHLOSS Oslo, we are the only participants from Scandinavia. We are also selected to present one of the special projects at the fair called Monuments, with the installation "Drifters" by Ann Iren Buan.

Prosjektrom Normanns to Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, February 2016

Trancendenal Tactility is a group exhibition produced by Prosjektrom Normanns for Open Source gallery opening February 13., 2016. This exhibition is the first in a serie through 2016 where Open Source exhibits collectives in their network from across the globe. Trancendenal Tactility will present work by the Norwegian artists Per Christian Brown, Benedicite Clementsen, Elin Melberg, Kristin Velle-George and Margrethe Aanestad. 

Per Christian Brown,  Material Colors 1 , 60x75 cm, C-print, 2015

Per Christian Brown, Material Colors 1, 60x75 cm, C-print, 2015

Prosjektrom Normanns highlighted as one of the most interesting and dynamic spaces in Norway in 2015 summary:

Stavanger Aftenblad: Prosjektrom Normanns is highlighted in art critic Trond Borgens´ annual summary, described as one of the most interesting and dynamic spaces in Norway today: 
(In English below)

"Det er intet mindre enn et lite under, det som etter hvert har vokst fram gjennom utstillingsvirksomheten til Prosjektrom Normanns. Med små midler, og etter hvert støtte fra kulturrådet, og med intelligent utnyttelse av kunstnettverk, har dette kunstnerstyrte visningsstedet klart å gi kunstpublikum varierte utstillinger, alltid av høy kvalitet. For hvert nye besøk her kan du oppleve rommet på en ny måte, enten det er amerikanske Franklin Evans, som bearbeidet veggene i en slags stream-of-consciousness teknikk, hvor alt han har gjort, sett og tenkt skulle med, eller colombianske Pedro Gómez-Egaña som skapte en bevegelig - og bevegende - skulptur kalt Hastighetens hitorie, to dansere i en suggerende performance til Saties repetitive musikk. Magiske rom er hva vi får i Prosjektrom Normanns, gang etter gang; i løpet av de siste par årene er dette visningsstedet utviklet til et av de mest dynamiske og interessante i Norge." - Utdrag fra kunstkritiker Trond Borgens anmeldelse av kunståret 2015, Stavanger Aftenblad

"The history of Prosjektrom Normanns and how it has been developing through its exhibition program is nothing short of amazing. With small resources initially, and by and by with support from the Norwegian Art Council, combined with an intelligent use of their own network, this artist-run space has managed to offer its audience a variety of art which is always of high quality. With each new visit to Prosjektrom Normanns you will discover the space anew; as when the American artist Franklin Evans refashioned the room in a sort of stream-of-consciousness technique, where all that he had ever done, seen and thought seemed to be included, or when the Colombian artist Pedro Gómez-Egaña created a kinetic - and evocative-  sculpture called History of Velocity, with two dancers creating a mezmerizing performance, accompanied by Satie’s repetitive music. Magical spaces are what we get from Prosjektrom Normanns, time and time again. During the last couple of years this space has developed into one of the most interesting and dynamic exhibition spaces in Norway." - Excerpt from the art critic Trond Borgen's review of the art year 2015 in Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

Pedro Gómez-Egaña, The History of Velocity, 2015
Photo: Tommy Ellingsen

Prosjektrom Normanns is going to UNTITLED. Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL, 2015 with Ane Graff (NO) and Lars Morell (NO)

We will be at booth C15 at UNTITLED. Art Fair, so come by if you are in Miami for the fairs!

At the 2015 UNTITLED. Art Fair, we are featuring works by the Norwegian contemporary artists Ane Graff and Lars Morell, in addition to presenting works by the founders of Prosjektrom Normanns. The booth at UNTITLED. will also feature a special collaboration with Miami-based artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, who has built a site- specific sculptural intervention for the show.

We are also collaborating with the NY-based curator and writer Ian Cofre, who will be our Associate Director at the booth.

We are proud to be able to participate - thanks to support from Office of Contemporary Art (OCA), Oslo, through the ISGIES grant. Also huge thanks to The Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Stavanger kommune and Rogaland fylkeskommune.


Prosjektrom Normanns participated at this symposium in Bergen, Norway, about artist run spaces - Oct. 31.-Nov 1., initiated and hosted by Tag-Team

Vil du være med i samtalen om det kunstnerstyrte feltet? Den kommende helgen, lørdag 31. oktober og søndag 1. november, holder Tag Team Studio symposiet Studio Talks. Med utgangspunkt i presentasjoner av en rekke visningssteder, ønsker vi å diskutere mulighetene som finnes i organiseringen av plattformer for kunst. Med oss har vi Threewalls fra Chicago, Praxes fra Berlin, og ikke minst et spennende utvalg aktører fra Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger og Trondheim. Detaljert program kan du finne nettsidene våre.