28 October 2021, 12:00pm
Deichman Bjørvika / Kunsthall Oslo


Date: 28 October 2021
Seminar: 12–5pm, Deichman Bjørvika
Book Launch: 6pm until late, Kunsthall Oslo

As a part of UKS’ 100th anniversary program 100 YEARS OF CONVIVIALITY, UKS will host three seminars discussing how to live and work together. On the day of UKS’ 100th birthday, 28 October 2021, we present the second seminar in the series, Artists Organizing Artists, at the new main library in Oslo, Deichman Bjørvika from 12 to 5pm, and continue the celebration with cake and the launch of our big new book Kvisten på grenen, grenen på treet: Unge Kunstneres Samfund 1921 – 2021 at Kunsthall Oslo from 6pm.






A key question for UKS throughout its history has been, and remains, how artists can become agents and advocates for political change. Art as a call to action, or as an expression of solidarity, has featured prominently in the exhibition history of UKS. The organization itself has had a great impact on the cultural and political landscape in Norway by offering artists a structure for organizing and collectively negotiating terms of work. One consequence of the global pandemic is that artists are once again organizing to work collectively for their interests.

This seminar, Artists Organizing Artists, brings together artists and organizers from Norway, Denmark, Italy, and the UK to discuss how and why artists organize, and what to organize around. There will be conversations, presentations, a workshop, and a letter. The full program will be published here shortly.

The seminar is kindly supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Fritt Ord, and presented in collaboration with Deichman Bjørvika.


Follow the live stream here:



  • Erling Moestue Bugge, art historian and critic
  • Gabrielle Paré, artist and co-initiator of Verdensrommet
  • Halvor Haugen, artist, writer, and editor
  • Maj Horn, artist and chair of UKK
  • Miriam Wistreich, director of UKS
  • Nina Schjønsby, art historian, writer, and editor
  • Simona Barbera, artist and representative from Art Workers Italia
  • Steffen Håndlykken, chair of UKS
  • The Alternative School of Economics (Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck), artistic collaboration
  • The White Pube (Gabrielle de la Puente & Zarina Muhammad), arts and culture critics
  • Victoria Durnak, artist and writer


Download the list of speakers and participants here.



Tickets for the seminar can be bought here.
Price: 52,50 NOK per person, which goes towards covering costs for your lunch sandwich, coffee, and snacks.




100 years ago, The Young Artists’ Society (UKS) was founded by artists for artists. Since the beginning in 1921, UKS has served a triple function: an artist union, exhibition space, and a social forum for artists. The history of UKS is diverse and ungovernable. It is the artists’ history.

The book Kvisten på grenen, grenen på treet: Unge Kunstneres Samfund 1921 – 2021 contains texts by Øystein Sjåstad, Frode Sandvik, Victoria Durnak, Marit Paasche, Sara R. Yazdani, Ana Maria Bresciani, Rhea Dall, Maria Horvei, Steffen Håndlykken, and Jan Verwoert, and is richly illustrated with material from UKS’ archive. Artistic contributions are by Wendimagegn Belete, Siri Hjorth & Sebastian Kjølaas, and Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen. Editors are Halvor Haugen and Nina Schjønsby. Design by Ian Brown, published by Press.

At Kunsthall Oslo the book will be launched and celebrated with speeches, drinks, and of course, CAKE! The event is free and open to all.


The seminar program is realized with kind support from Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo kommune, Nordisk Kulturfond, and Fritt Ord. The event is made in collaboration with Kunsthall Oslo.


*Image: From the magazine UKS-informasjon, Kunstneraksjon -74 (Artists Action in 1974), a demonstration to improve artists’ conditions. Photographer unknown

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