Work in S12

S12 Gallery and Open Access Studio
Is looking for a Workshop Manager to join its team for a minimum of one year, starting March 2017. 

Established in 2007, S12 is placed at street level, in the very heart of Bergen, Norway.  It is the only centre for exploration, experimentation and dissemination of contemporary glass art in Norway. For a list of equipment, information about our activities and photos of the workshop and the gallery, please visit

The main focus of S12’s activities is characterised by artistic quality, exploration and experimentation in its approach to glass. The candidate will be joining a small team of professionals where everyone has the opportunity to initiate new projects and participate in the development of S12.


  • Excellent glassblowing skills.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn how to operate all our kilns.
  • Good knowledge of all basic cold-shop techniques, including sandblasting.
  • Organisational skills, cleanliness and attention to details in the workshop.
  • Basic knowledge of all other techniques and needs applicable in S12’s workshop.
  • A responsible and loyal person, who has the ability to work in a team, and who easily adapts to new situations and new people.
  • You take initiative, can work independently, and are a good problem-solver who functions well in stressful situations.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively with co-workers and excellent customer service is a must.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new techniques when working with glass.
  • Interest and ability to use the workshop for personal creations during free hours.
  • Drivers-license is an advantage
  • Language: English is a must and knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage.
  • The successful applicant must be willing to live in Bergen during the period of employment.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Professionally, safely and efficiently, running and maintaining a clean and organized workshop.
  • Have the responsibility to organize the overall use of the workshop, and prepare monthly schedules for its use as well as for the adjacent Project room.
  • Assist artists participating in our Residency-program in the workshop.
  • Take part in outreach and educational programs.
    • Including The Creative SundaySchool during 3 – 4 Sundays a month.
  • When needed and when time allows, support installation and removal of S12s exhibitions
    • 5 – 6 exhibitions a year
  • Participate in arranging various in-house events; open house, artist presentations etc.
  • Contributing to a positive studio environment for all users of the workshop.
  • Estimated working days a week are 5, Wednesday through Sunday. Working hours pr. day are 7,5 hours but can vary greatly depending on activities.

During a period of about two months in 2017, S12’s workshop and project room will undergo a change resulting in re-organization of both rooms. Furnace, kilns and all working areas will get a new location and be rearranged, calling for dedicated planning on all levels. The Workshop manager will play an important role in this work and the whole planning process, thus being able to strongly influence the future arrangement of S12’s main working areas.

S12 will provide:

  • Basic monthly income, amount to be discussed.
  • Additional payment for outreach and educational work, as well as sales of your work, based on your participation and your initiative.
  • Full access to the S12 workshop when not in use for S12 projects. Normally this can include 2 days a week. S12 will in addition arrange for longer periods where the workshop will be available for you to do your work. This will include a minimum of 4 weeks, 4 x 1 or 2 x 2 weeks during the period of one year. Days and hours you can use during normal working weeks are not counted as part of the above-mentioned periods. These hours / days are yours to use freely, at the same time you will be requested to make sure that the workshop is running smoothly.
  • The opportunity to initiate different kind of projects in co-operation with the S12 team.
  • 1 Round trip tourist class from your home to Bergen a year.
  • The possibility to sell your own work through S12 with a 30% commission to S12.
  • S12 will assist you in finding accommodation in Bergen if needed.

In addition

  • You will be joining a small team running and continuously developing the activities of S12 works on a project bases and is funded as such.
  • S12 can and must create its own income through educational and community activities as well as sales of objects made in S12. Increased income will benefit all members of the team including yourself, and you will be expected to participate in creating new activities or new work that can create income.

This position is dependent on S12 keeping its financial support from the Norwegian Arts Council and the City of Bergen.

We will start processing applications in December 2016 and the position will be open until filled.

Please e-mail a covering letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, including your CV, photos of work and/or link to a webpage.

Send your application to: marked: Workshop Manager
Candidates must be prepared to participate in 1 or more Skype interviews.
Questions about the position should be addressed to Bergljot Jonsdottir at

Your interest will be treated confidentially.