Admissions now open to inmates of Agder Prison dep. Froland

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It is possible to apply for a transfer to Agder Prison to take part in this programme.

Student pakker sammen (Close)

En av våre studenter pakker sammen for å begynne reisen videre etter kunstakademiet. Vi takker for samarbeidet og er enormt stolte over studenten og utviklingen i hans kunstnerskap de siste årene. Vi gleder oss til å se arbeidene hans stilt ut under Agder Kunstakademis avgangsutstilling på Kunstnernes Hus i november 2023.

  • Sverre Gullesen
    Art Teacher

    Sverre Gullesen is an artist, educated at Oslo Art Academy and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Cambre in Brussels. Previous works were centered around performance and social choreography, but since 2015 his practice has mainly focused on reliefs in concrete and sculptures in textile and concrete. Gullesen has been chair of the boards of Kunstnernes Hus and UKS Young Artists Society in Oslo and is on the board of OCA Office of Contemporary Art Norway and Nitja Centre for Contemporary Art. From 2006 to 2015 he worked with the art collective D.O.R and ran Galleri D.O.R. in Brussels.

  • Hege Nyborg
    Academy advisory board

    One of Agder Kunstakademi’s main artists, Hege Nyborg works with painting, drawing and text, often in series and installations. In previous works she has incorporated references to scientific poster works, landscape architecture, film dialogue and literary texts, among others. Heges work has been shown at institutions such as Henie Onstad Art Centre, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, The National Museum of Fine Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Kunsthall Helsinki and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. Hege has been teaching at various institutions since the 1990’s including Oslo National Academy of the Arts KHiO where she was acting Dean 2016-17. Currently she chairs the board of Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond and is the deputy chair of the board of Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.

  • Dag Erik Elgin
    Academy advisory board

    One of Agder Kunstakademi’s main artists, Dag Erik Elgin works with an artistic examination of the history of painting and contemporary image culture. Projects like Museumsarbeid (museum work), Originals Grisaille and La Collection Moderne consist of text-based paintings and repetitions in an exploration of modernism and cultural and aesthetical depictions in contemporary society. Elgins own texts are a part of his practice, for example “Preparing for Painting to Happen” in Josef Albers: No Tricks, No Twinkling of the Eyes and “p.p. Provenance Painted” in Looters, Smugglers, and Collectors: Provenance Research and the Market, 2014 and 2015. His monograph «Mirror falling from the Wall» was published in 2019. He was a professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts KHiO 2010-2016.

  • Solfrid Kjetså
    Art teacher

    As an officer in Agder Prison, Solfrid Kjetså manages the daily activities in the Art Academy.

  • Kristine J. Pilgaard
    Academy advisory board

    Kristine Jærn Pilgaard is an independent curator, editor and art producer based in Oslo. Her work is primarily focused on site-specific art projects in public space. She was Curatorial Fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in New York (2013-14) researching art and public space. Previous curated projects include: Lene Berg’s Stalin by Picasso or Portrait of Woman with Moustache (2008), Folketeaterbygningen, Oslo; Goksøyr & Martens’ Palestinian Embassy for the Liverpool Biennial (2012); Ahmad Ghossein ́s Relocating the Past: ruins for the future (2013), the Government Square, Oslo and A K Dolven’s Untuned Bell (2010/20), Tullinløkka and Honnørbrygga, Oslo. In 2016 she co-curated Public Calling, an international conference on public space and free speech at the National Theatre, Oslo. She has curated several projects in Norwegian prisons involving inmates in the artistic process; such as Eirin Støen’s Hagen (2011) at the high security department of Trondheim Prison and En forestilling om Frihet (2019) at Ila Detention and Security Prison.

  • Thora Dolven Balke
    Academy advisory board

    Thora Dolven Balke was educated at Fata Morgana Photographic School, Denmark; Bergen and Oslo Art Academy in Norway and Mountain School of Art in Los Angeles. Dolven Balke was one of two curators of the biennale Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF – in 2011 and co-funded and programmed the artist-run space REKORD in Oslo from 2006 to 2010. In 2016 she was a participant in the Capacete programme in Rio de Janeiro and since lives and works between Brazil and Oslo, Norway.

  • Alexander Furunes

    Alexander Eriksson Furunes studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK, before receiving his Master’s in Architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Furunes has initiated and completed a series of projects with communities in UK, India, Philippines, Brazil, Vietnam and China. Together with Sudarshan Khadka and Barangay Engkanto, he formed Framework Collaborative whose curatorial proposal, ‘Structures of Mutual Support’, will be the Philippine Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is currently doing an Artistic Research (entitled Learning from Bayanihan & Dugnad) on participative planning, design and build processes at the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NTNU 2016-20).

  • Ann Cathrin November Høibo

    Ann Cathrin November Høibo is a Norwegian artist who studied at the Art Academy in Oslo. In her practice, Høibo involves various techniques like weaving, textiles and sculptures – often presented in spatial installations. She is interested in great craftsmanship in contemporary art, but concurrently investigates the emanation of industrially produced goods. Høibos practice is experimental and spanning traditional work methods to the usage of odd readymades. She is often exploring unfamiliar crafts and methods of productions. In these experiments she willingly does not distinguish between right or wrong. She unbiasedly contemplates flaws and mistakes and re-invents them in her work. Through her curiosity she is consistently learning new methods and travelled with her work to various countries.

  • Sveinung Unneland

    Unneland graduated from the Art Academy in Bergen in 2007. He has presented several solo and group exhibitions among others at Hordaland Art Centre, Gallery LNM, Tag Team Studio, Gallery 0047, KODE - Bergen art museum, Kunstnerforbundet, Visningsrommet Entrèe, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Østfold Art Centre and Waterside Contemporary in addition to site specific projects or commissioned work. He has been organizer for a number of group exhibitions and as a stage designer in various theatre projects. Rudjord Unneland art projects usually consist of painting and sculptures assembled in installations. Before becoming a scholar in 2018 he worked as an assistant professor at The Art Academy - Institute of Contemporary Art / KMD in the period 2012-18.