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Artist Talk with Æsa Björk and Anne Petters

Welcome to S12´s last Artist talk hosted in Skostredet 12. At this event we will present two outstanding artists who work with glass in a way rarely to be seen in Norway.

Æsa Björk and Anne Petters both challenge the boundaries of glass as a material in combination with other media such as video, sound and light.
Æsa Björk’s exhibition “Shield II” can be seen in S12’s gallery where Anne Petters also will present some results from her period as Artist in Residence in S12.

The presentations will be held on Saturday, April 14th. 2:00 p.m.
The event is free, coffee and tea will be served.

Æsa Björk (Iceland) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, with a BA (Hons) in 1995 and  MDes in 1997. Early on in her career she focused on glass as a sculptural material which led her to the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague – Umprum  as an exchange student in the studio of Vladimir Kopecky. The stay in Prague had a strong influence on her work, which continues to explore the conceptual and sculptural possibilities of glass, often in combination with other media and materials. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School (EAiR), the Corning Museum of Glass and the sculpture department at NYSCC Alfred University USA 2011-2014, where she also taught. Her work has been shown internationally and is included in the collections of KODE Art Museums in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo. The body is a constantly recurring theme in her art, which consists of both sculpture and installations. She often works with bold and poetic glass sculptures that incorporate both photo and video. She currently lives and works in Bergen where she is an artistic advisor for S12 Open access studio and Gallery, which she established in 2007. S12 has since grown to become an internationally renowned glass art institution.

Anne Petters is a multi media artist with a strong background in glass. She received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Institute for Ceramics and Glass Art, Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany and a MFA in Sculpture/ Glass from Alfred University, New York. Born in Dresden in 1978 she grew up in the German Democratic Republic. She understands the political change in her country, which she experienced as a displacement of reality, as a basic influence on her lifestyle and artistic work. Her interest in controlling and displaying moments of our fleeting, vulnerable existence leads her to a poetic, metaphoric use of glass and other materials, including natural phenomena.  Anne Petters has been awarded numerous artist residencies, including a fellowship at Wheaton Arts New Jersey in 2012, a residency at the Edinburgh College of Art 2013-2014, the Emerging Artists in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington and a visiting scholar residency at the Southern Illinois University. In 2014 Anne Petters received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholarship for excellence in British Craft, London, GB. She taught as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and is currently leading the glass studio at the City and Guilds of London Art School.


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During the last months our workshop, project room and gallery has been filled with new experiments by Rui Sasaki (b. 1984, jp) who has used her time as an artist in residence in S12 to investigate the relationship between the weather – with emphasis on rain, and herself.

Sasaki is a conceptual artist who mainly works with transparent materials such as glass and ice. She is using glass as a medium for preservation and documentation of different kind of ”weather residues”, and is seeking, among other, ways to conserve, visualize and move sunlight from one place to another. This has led her to investigate self-illuminating glass that absorbs UV light such as sunshine and emits it in the dark without any light resources.

In the exhibition, PLUVIOPHILE (a lover of rain), an installation of self-illuminating glass is shown, while the theme of rain is central. Sasaki is interested in people’s relationship to the rain and how this weather phenomena influences us physically, mentally and culturally. Sasaki has captured, collected and frozen the Bergen rain in hot casted glass sculptures. In her own unique way, she has moved the weather indoors, made it more manageable and partially eliminated its ephemeral sides. The weather has become something physical she can study, shape and control.

Rui Sasakis main investigation is cast glass in a space, but she also works with the body, performance, video and photography. Sasaki graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in June 2010 with a Master of Fine Arts in Glass. She has taught glass and contemporary art at Rhode Island School of Design, Worcester State University in the US, and Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan. She has been invited to many Artist in Residence programs around the world, and her work has been exhibited in Denmark, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, Korea, Japan, and a number of places in the US. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of American Glass (US), Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (DK), the Ernsting Stiftung (DE), the city of Lommel (BE) and many private collections. Sasaki is living and working in Toyama, Japan.

This is the second time S12 is showing work by Rui Sasaki. The first time was in 2013 as part of the group exhibition Young & Loving!

Vernissage May 20 at 7 pm.

Rui Sasaki in S12

Rui Sasaki is an Artist in Residence at S12 during April & May. She is a Japanese conceptual artist mainly using transparent materials such as glass and ice in her work. In S12 she will be investigating the weather – including the rain, local plants, architecture and space – empty spaces, intimate spaces, abandoned spaces.

During the first part of her stay, she will be creating new works and showing them as they come to being – be they ready or not. She will be inviting the visitor to come close and to follow the process of creating new works, to the experimentation with the material and its form. The visitor will be invited to follow her till the end, or until the official opening of her processed based exhibition/installation PLUVIOPHILE on the 20th of May. The opening will mark the second phase of her stay in S12.

This is the second time S12 presents works by Rui Sasaki, the first time was during the exhibition Young & Loving! in 2013.

Young & Loving !

Young & Loving !  Welcome to the 2015  edition, opening on October 2nd at 19.oo

Young and Loving! is a humorous translation of “young and promising”, pointing to the exhibition’s focus on newly graduated artists. An exploratory approach to glass as part of an artistic expression is a particular feature of the exhibition concept, which was developed by S12 in 2007.

Participating artists are Mika Aoki (jp), Eirin Bjørsland Hansen (no), Julia Chamberlain (us),
Karin Forslund (se), Doreen Garner (usa), Riikka Haapasaari (fin) and Zuzana Kubelková (cz).

Doreen Garner and Mika Aoki will be present at the opening.

Doreen Garner

Young & Loving 2015

Young & Loving !  Welcome to the 2015  edition, opening on October 2nd at 19.oo

Young and Loving! is a humorous translation of “young and promising”, pointing to the exhibition’s focus on newly graduated artists. An exploratory approach to glass as part of an artistic expression is a particular feature of the exhibition concept, which was developed by S12 in 2007.

Participating artists are Mika Aoki (jp), Eirin Bjørsland Hansen (no), Julia Chamberlain (us),
Karin Forslund (se), Doreen Garner (usa), Riikka Haapasaari (fin) and Zuzana Kubelková (cz).

Doreen Garner and Mika Aoki will be present at the opening.

Doreen Garner
Doreen Garner


Exhibition from August 14th – September 20th 2015
Vernissage August 14th at 7 pm
Contained.In the exhibition ”Contained”,  Alison Lowry presents a collection of works where she examines how we are constrained by ourselves, our memories and physical environment. The exhibition will include works shown at the Ebeltoft Glass museum in Denmark earlier this year, and new work where she´s dealing with similar questions.

An installation and sculptures of various sizes where Lowry responds to ideas of memory, both personal and collective, with a focus on its reconstruction and deconstruction, will be shown at S12. In her latest work Lowry is concerned with scientific approach to remembering, be it neurological and surgical, false or implied, physical and emotional.

During a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass, Alison started investigating the psychological phenomenon, ‘Repetition Compulsion’. This term was first coined by Freud in 1914, and describes a compulsion to repeat a traumatic event or the circumstances surrounding it over and over again.

This interest led to a research of memory, specifically traumatic memory and where it is placed within the brain and how we can essentially be ‘held captive’ by our past. Alison Lowry is now collaborating with Tony Gee, Professor of PET Chemistry at the Kings College London hoping that this new research will drive this body of work in new directions.

Alison Lowry is a glass artist based in Belfast. She graduated from the University of Ulster in 2009 and has since won several awards, including the Silver Medal from the Royal Ulster Academy in 2010 and the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011. Prior to her degree Alison Lowry studied textiles, completing a City and Guilds in Creative embroidery. This interest was apparent in the work she showed in the Young& Loving! exhibitions both in 2011 and 2012. Alison Lowry is an artist in resident at S12 during August.

Meet the artist during an artist talk Saturday 15th at 02.00 p.m.

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What Once Was

I utstillingen ”What once was” viser Monica Alvestad Amundsen resultatet av de siste seks ukene som gjestekunstner i S12, hvor hun har undersøkt kompleksiteten i menneskets forhold til minner – et tema som har vært tilbakevendende i Amundsens kunstnerskap.

Gjennom arbeider hvor hun på ulike måter kombinerer glass og fotografi, søker hun å formidle en stemning og følelse som kan ta oss med på en personlig reise tilbake i tid. Bilder fra hennes private arkiv bidrar til å skape egne minner hos betrakteren, og den personlige reisen blir dermed universell.

Monica Alvestad Amundsen (f. 1984) har siden sommeren 2014 vært verkstedsansvarlig i S12 Galleri og Verksted. Hun har studert ved Fatamorgana, Danmarks Fotografiske Billedkunstskole (2011-2012), har en bachelor fra glassavdelingen ved Kunstakademiets Designskole, Bornholm (2009-2011) og hun har vært lærling hos Stine Hoff Kunstglass (2005-2008).


Utstillingen inngår i serien mellom_rom og står en uke

Maria Koshenkova – Familiar Structures

Familiar Structures  May  22nd –  July 26th  20215

Maria Koshenkova is an interesting visual and conceptual artist who uses glass as a medium to express herself. She has an experimental approach to her work and sees glass both blowing and cast, as a way of communicating her ideas, not to create perfectly shaped forms.

In Familiar Structures she is using elements that seem familiar to us Norwegians, recreating them in her own way – in a new material. At first sight each element might look like a copy of the last, but in reality they are unique objects hand shaped and re-assembled by the artist.
All the works in the exhibition are created in our Workshop during Maria Koshenkovas residency.

An interactive sound-installation that turns the gallery into a musical instrument played by the movement of the audience is among the works being exhibited. The Austrian composer, Richard Deutsch, is responsible for sound and technology.

Maria Koshenkova works with conceptual installations, land art, sound, drawing and assemblage. She’s originally from St. Petersburg but is currently living in Copenhagen. Koshenkova has shown her work internationally and participated in big group exhibitions showing contemporary glass and art in general.
She has a MA from St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy and has studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen.
Koshenkova is a visiting artist in S12 in May.

Workshop Manager

S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery
Is looking for a Workshop Manager to join its team
for a minimum of one year, starting no later than August/September 2015.

S12 is an Open Access Studio and Gallery placed on street level, in the very heart of Bergen, Norway. S12 is a centre for exploration, experimentation and dissemination of contemporary glass art. For a list of equipment, information about our activities and photos of the workshop and the gallery, please visit  read more on

March & April 2015

Solo exhibition with works by John Moran will open on March 20th at 07.oo  p.m.  The artist will be present. The opening will include music with DJ Henrik Svanevik.   Light refreshments.

Exhibition closing on Sunday 19th of April.

After opening  of the exhibition.  John Moran will stay on in S12 as an Artist in Residence.

Educational activities like  UNG 15  &  Den Kulturelle Skolesekken  will take place every week until May.