2 September 2021 – 31 December 2022


For 100 years, Unge Kunstneres Samfund (Young Artists’ Society) has been an essential organ in the Norwegian cultural body. As an artist union UKS has a defining role in shaping cultural policies, and as a social support network and venue for experimental contemporary artistic expressions UKS remains a great influence on the young and vital development of art in Norway. Founded by artists, for artists, on 28 October 1921, UKS is now in its 100th year. We will celebrate the anniversary with great fanfare throughout the last months of 2021!

Throughout its lifetime, UKS has been a space for art to be developed and discussed, for new collaborations to be born, and for old formats to be discarded. At UKS, young artists have presented collective projects and provocative attacks on central concepts in culture, as part of a continuous rethinking, updating, and renewing of contemporary art. In the spirit of collectivity and critique, the 100th anniversary not only celebrates the young art of the past century, but also highlights how the conditions for art have been pushed forward by the young artists themselves—and points to what still needs to be done.

The anniversary program, titled 100 YEARS OF CONVIVIALITY, will present an ambitious book, a series of seminars, and a large-scale exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo—an institution with close ties to UKS’ history. The questions addressed in the anniversary project are as diverse as the history itself, but the answer is what has always defined UKS: collective organization.


Click the links below to read more about the different parts of the anniversary celebration:

BOOK: Kvisten på grenen, grenen på treet

EXHIBITION: what you can see is what you can imagine at Kunstnernes Hus

SEMINAR 1: Softer Structures and the Social Dimension at Bergen Kjøtt

SEMINAR 2: Artists Organizing Artists at Deichman Bjørvika

SEMINAR 3: Tools for Conviviality at Kunstnernes Hus


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* Image: The Alternative School of Economics, Speaking to the City, 2018–2019 at Phytology, London. Photo by Michael Smythe

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