The first phase of collaboration between the Liverpool Biennial and Rogaland Kultursenter will culminate in a group show of 10 participating Norwegian and British artists in Liverpool from September.
As arts organisations based in the EU and European Capitals of Culture in 2008, Liverpool Biennial and the Rogaland Kunstsenter (Rogaland Art Centre) in Stavanger on Norway’s west coast are keen to promote dialogue and exchange between the two cities, and to this end, have initiated a programme of curatorial collaboration and artistic exchange.
The collaboration is motivated by a shared desire to challenge and expand the horizons of artistic and curatorial practice in our respective cities, and a belief that this can be achieved through exposure to different cultures, environments and ways of working.
Structurally, Liverpool Biennial and Rogaland Kunstsenter are quite different. Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art Ltd. is a charitable organisation dedicated to producing an international festival of contemporary art every two years with a specific commitment to realising the ambitious festival programme through partnership.
The Rogaland Kunstsenter is an artist owned institution aiming to stimulate increased use of and knowledge about contemporary art through a programme of exhibitions, artist exchanges, touring exhibitions, public commissions and information service to all sectors of society. Rogaland Kunstsenter was founded 30 years ago and is owned by the professional artists of Rogaland via their regional union. Rogaland Kunstsenter receives government funding, has a professional administration and a gallery space of 120 m2.
The differences in the organisations’ programmes and objectives have presented a good foundation for collaboration, over and above the creative stimulus that contact with another city and culture can provide. It has allowed them to profit from each other’s experience and resources to develop new opportunities and audiences for artists practising in their respective regions and to expand the professional experience of curatorial staff.
The first phase of collaboration took place between 2005-2006 and focused on networking, research and exchange. Five artists from Norway and five artists practising in Liverpool and the north west of England were invited to undertake a residency in ‘each other’s’ city. These encounters formed the basis for a series of exhibitions in the Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger and the group show in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial Independents 06 which is jointly curated by John Øivind Eggesbø, rektor of the Rogaland Art School, and Sorcha Carey, international projects co-ordinator for Liverpool Biennial. A catalogue will be published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition where artists have been asked to show work produced as a result of their residency. The participating artists from the UK are Leo Fitzmaurice, Sean Hawkridge, Rebecca Reid, Nicki McCubbing and Marcus Coates. From Norway Torbjørn Skårild, Øystein Aasan, Susanne Christensen, Marit Victoria Wulff Andreassen and Annelise Stenseth/Leif Gaute Staurland are taking part.
16 September - 26 November
Previews on Thursday 14 September from 6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12 - 5pm
Thursday 12 - 8pm
The Royal Standard,
2 Grey Street, Off Windsor Street, Liverpool L8 1XN.
Tel: 0 151 709 9147
Photo: Susanne Christensen, 'Board Meeting', 2006