April 12: Artist survival | Workshop

Date: April 12
Time: 09.00 (Oslo)/10.00 (Bucharest)
Place: Zoom – register here
This workshop is a co-production between VISP and Sector 1 Gallery, you can watch
a recording of the workshop here.

How to survive as an artist? In many countries private collectors are key for artist survival, as selling art works are the most important income, but Norway cannot boast on a lot of collectors – yet. Norway is more known for public art commissions and public funding of artistic research, but that does not imply that it is easy to get funding. Many funds depend on political aims or collaboration with local institutions and nonprofit organizations outside the arts, but this is hard to do if you live outside of Norway and do not know how to present your project or find these collaborators. Some artists within the field of figurative painting also have the impression that public funding bodies “detest figurative art”, but this is not the case. Norwegian funding bodies focus on the theme of your project – like with other types of research in the humanities, they care about WHY. Why is your project important? What is it about?

During a two-hour session, art historian, critic, curator, and former gallerist Maria Veie will guide participants through key topics related to artist survival. The workshop is dedicated to artists of all ages and backgrounds, who would like to discover more about how to develop and survive as an art professional. The session offers a short and condensed take on this subject, providing the insight and tools to navigate artist survival in Norway and internationally.
The workshop will explore the following topics: how to define a project that attracts attention in Norway, and how to approach and present your project to galleries, museums, art professionals and public funds.
Maria Veie (b. 1977) is an art historian, critic and curator with a strong focus on site specific, performative and sound based art. After many years living between Oslo and Berlin she is based in Trondheim, Norway. Recent projects: «Queer Spirit» by Pride Art, «Kraft» by Øyvind Brandtsegg and Erlend Leirdal, «Into the Pink Sun» by MFA, KiT NTNU and «Paralysens Liturgi» by Liv Kristin Holmberg and composer Eirik Havnes in Nidaros Cathedral. Currently she’s working as a Publishing Editor at Museumsforlaget specializing on academic publications within art history and museology, teaching MFA students at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and curating the performance “Liturgi for stemødre” together with the artists Liv Kristin Holmberg and Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due.
Between 2018-2022 Veie developed a number of anthologies; «Criticism for an absent reader» that she co-edited together with Anette T. Pettersen, «Gustav Vigeland + Nidaros Cathedral. Two National Icons», «Silver Linings. Clouds in Art and Science», «Digital og analog tegning» and «Et kunstmuseum i endring?» together with Line Engen and Boel Christensen Scheel and “Kunstsentrenes vekselstrøm». Among her upcoming anthologies are «Spreng grensene» and «Tingenes metode».
She founded Galleri Maria Veie in 2008. From 2009-2013 the gallery was connected to a permanent location in Oslo, developing solo shows by young artists as Jumana Manna, Elin Melberg and Marit Roland. Since 2014 Maria Veie has presented pop-up projects in other cities, eg. “Abgesang des Posthauses” together with Trondheim Voices and Goro Tronsmo at Berlin Art Week 2016.

VISP is a resource and a networking organisation for the Visual Arts in Norway, and work to improve and facilitate conditions for the production and dissemination of Visual Arts.
VISP represents all of the creative community within the Visual Arts, including artists, galleries, institutions, producers, curators, critics and suppliers of materials and services. VISP is a membership organisation and membership is free.

Sector 1 Gallery is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to supporting the evolution of Romanian contemporary art by placing emphasis on artistic freedom and experimentation.
From its founding in 2017, the gallery has developed a program centered on exhibiting and representing contemporary artists trained in the artistic community in Cluj as well as a few Post avant-garde Romanian artists. Currently, the gallery focuses on the development of a diverse program that (re)presents emerging talents, as well as established artists, Romanian and international.

EEA Grants
This presentation is part of the project “The enhancement of cultural entrepreneurship and the enlargement of audience through organizing the series of exhibitions About Master and Media, the paradigm of bipolarity in contemporary art.” The project takes place between September 2021 to August 2023, in partnership with VISP Norway. The total budget of the project is 217.146 Euros, of which the value of the non-refundable financial support is 195.431 Euros.
This project is financed with the support of EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTURE Programme.

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion.
Further information available here: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro
RO-CULTURE is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The total budget amounts to almost 34 million EUR. For more details: www.ro-cultura.ro