27 – 28 September 2021
Bergen Kjøtt


Dates: 27 September, 2–6.30pm & 28 September, 11am–5pm
Bergen Kjøtt, Skutevikstorget 1, Bergen
Book your tickets for Day 1 here and Day 2 here

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 27 and 28 September UKS travels to Bergen for the first seminar in the series, Softer Structures and the Social Dimension, on mental health and disability access taking place at the cultural institution and production space Bergen Kjøtt.

People suffering from either physical or mental disability—from burnout and depression to chronic illness or physical impairment—make up 20 percent of the world’s population. This number makes it difficult to justify the ongoing ableism that exists in the art world, as well as in too many other spaces. In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has made differences in access clearer than ever, this seminar discusses how disability and mental health create barriers for participating in the art world and explores in both concrete and abstract terms how to make our (art)worlds more inclusive.

The seminar brings together art practitioners with experience (lived and acquired) of working across issues of mental health and physical disability, and insists that access to a life in the art world should not be limited to those of us who are able bodied and psychologically robust. The aim is to share tools and best practices for working towards care-full and inclusive environments, as we dream together of how our worlds could be built in ways that are softer and more comfortable.



  • Amber Ablett, artist and writer.
  • Anna Rieder, poet and second chair of the Association of Art and Mental Health.
  • Birgit Bundesen, physician at Psychiatric Center Amager, Denmark and founder of the Association of Art and Mental Health.
  • Daniela Ramos Arias, curator at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen.
  • Eva Rowson, artist, curator, and Managing Director at Bergen Kjøtt.
  • Johanne Laache, artist and Deputy Chair of UKS.
  • Jussi Koitela, head of programming for Frame Contemporary Art Finland and curator of the program Rehearsing Hospitalities.
  • Mira Thompson, singer and activist.
  • Miriam Wistreich, Director of UKS.
  • Staci Bu Shea, curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons in Utrecht.
  • Steffen Håndlykken, artist and Chair of UKS.



Download the full program here.

Download the list of speakers and participants here.



Tickets for day 1 (Monday 27 September, 2–6.30pm) can be found here.

Tickets for day 2 (Tuesday 28 September, 11am–5pm) can be found here.

Price: 52,50 NOK per day which goes entirely towards covering costs for your warm vegetarian meal.



The seminar will be spoken in English. Please contact m.wistreich@uks.no if you require sign language interpretation.

The seminar will be streamed via UKS’ website and on youtube. Youtube provides closed captioning.

Access information for Bergen Kjøtt can be found here.

There will be ample room for breaks in the program. If you need to move around, rest, twitch, pace, or not make eye contact, know that you are welcome here.

Seating options will vary between chairs and soft seating. We will do our best to provide other seating if requested.



The video recording and live stream is kindly supported by Bergen Kunsthall.

Day 1

Day 2



The seminar is presented in collaboration with Bergen Kjøtt. The seminar program is realized with kind support from Oslo kommune, Nordisk Kulturfond, and Fritt Ord.


*Image: Siri Hermansen, Time Ecstasy at UKS in 2003.

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