4 April 2017, 7:00pm


VENUE: UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Tuesday 4 April, 2017, 7-9pm

Founded by artists for artists as one of Norway’s first experimental art institutions, UKS (Young Artists’ Society) has since 1921 been convening, exhibiting, and developing critical voices of contemporary artists, with the objective of having both an artistic and political impact within and beyond its region.

Opening a series of talks about the artists’ institutions, this evening three artists, all working as both individual creative producers as well as on larger institutional fabrics—Angie Keefer, co-founder of The Serving Library (Liverpool); Lise Soskolne, core organizer of W.A.G.E. (New York); and Steffen Håndlykken, co-founder of 1857 (Oslo)—will each expose and reflect on their dual functions followed by a conversation addressing questions of value and impact situated in the intersection between artistic and institutional practices. The discussion will be moderated by UKS’ director Rhea Dall, who will also be contributing by talking about PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, an institution she co-founded in Berlin in 2013.

As part of the event, a prototype of UKS’ upcoming Minibar will be test-run.


The Serving Library is an artist-run, non-profit organization founded in 2011 to develop a shared toolkit for artist-centered education and discourse through related activities of publishing and collecting. It comprises a biannual journal (Bulletins of The Serving Library) published both online and in print, an archive of framed objects on permanent display, and a public program of workshops and events. Angie Keefer, co-founder of The Serving Library, is an artist, writer, teacher, and publisher. She makes public exhibitions at arts institutions in addition to producing talks, event programs and publications, often in collaboration with other artists.

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by non-profit art institutions, and establishing sustainable labor relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their work. Lise Soskolne is an artist living in New York City. She enjoys writing and has worked in non-profit arts presenting and development since 1998 at venues including Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Diapason Gallery for Sound, Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, Participant Inc, and Roulette Intermedium. She has been an organizer within W.A.G.E. since its founding in 2008 and its core organizer since 2012.

1857 was co-founded in 2010 by Steffen Håndlykken and Stian Eide Kluge as an artist-run project space that produces new projects by international artists. Steffen Håndlykken is an artist and curator based in Oslo. His work has been shown across Norway and Europe, both as a solo artist and as part of the artist group Institutt for Farge. He is the curator of the 9th Norwegian Biennial of Sculpture in 2017.


* In advance of the talk, a workshop exploring different institutional models will take place from 14.00-17.00. The workshop will include all panelists and is open to participation. To attend, please RSVP to info@uks.no

Images from UKS #1 MINIBAR with the first in the series of talks “Artists’ Institutions”

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