Moving time!

S12 is moving to Bontelabo 2!
In February we will say goodbye to Skostredet 12 after 11 years.

S12 Galleri og Verksted will be closed during February. Follow us to know when we will open in our new location at Bontelabo 2.

S12 Finissage: Sol Obscura – Live Event with Jocelyne Prince

Nå flytter vi!

Når dagene er på sitt mørkeste så inviterer vi til en siste kveld i varmen og lyset fra en glassovn i Skostredet 12.  Kom og bli med på en kveld for avsluttninger og nye begynnelser! Vi byr på live performance, musikk, varm vin og noe søtt/salt på kvelden før kvelden da solen snur!

Sol Obscura

Jocelyne Prince, (US) live performance
Owen Weaver, slagverk (US)
20 desember kl. 19:30- 23:30

Young & Loving! 2018

Young & Loving! 2018
Gruppeutstilling 21.9. – 25.11.
Åpning 21.9. klokken 19.00

Konstruert, emosjonell og undrende- Årets utstillere bruker alle materialet til å reflektere over personlige og kollektive landskap på svært ulike måter.


Young & Loving! 2018
Group Show 21.9. – 25.11.
Opening 21.9. at 7 pm

Constructed, emotional, and curious – This year’s exhibitors utilize the material to reflect on personal and collective landscapes in very different ways.

Read more here

Avtrykk av pust

Through breathing, we share the air that surrounds us. What is the shape of breath?

This project gives people of all ages an opportunity to shape warm glass with their breath as the only tool. By using your breath to expand the boundaries of the material the liquid glass will be pushed to its limits and stiffen. This will capture the shape of your breath. The fragile shape will cool quickly after it’s blown, and the you will have time to hold and experience your breath. All expressions of breath will be displayed in S12’s project room and be a “work in process” exhibition while it is produced. Friday it will be completed and will be open to the public for a week.

Come and find the answer as to what shape your breath takes and how it feels to hold it in your hands. In S12 Studio and gallery during the autumn break.

Make the invisible community we all share through breathing visible! Read more

Kulturnatt i S12

Kulturnatt  i  S12!
Under årets kulturnatt får våre besøkende oppleve og delta i en skapende kunstnerisk prosess der glass er en viktig ingrediens.

I S12 er både verksted og galleri okkupert av flere internasjonale gjestekunstnere som jobber frem mot vår årlige utstilling Young & Loving. Mens en av kunstnerne skaper en trestamme transformert i glass, jobber andre av kunstnerne med kroppslige problemstillinger der de benytter en glassformingsteknikk over åpen flamme. Vi inviterer våre besøkende til å prøve denne teknikken og snakke med våre gjestekunstnere om deres arbeid.


Artist Talk Kit Paulson

Kit Paulson, the highest ranking schlarship recipient from Pilchuck Glass School, is finishing her three-week residency as AiR i S12 this week. Join us and listen to her Artist Talk on Saturday September 8th at 16.00 in S12 Galleri og Verksted. She will present and explain her works both old and new and answer questions at the end of the presentation. You can get a sneak peak of the work she has made for our upcoming exhibition Young and Loving, opening September 21st. If you want to see Kit’s other works, check out her webpage or Instagram

For those who can’t come to S12 this Saturday, we will have LIVE STREAM on our facebook page!

Kit Paulson received her BFA with a concentration in glass from Alfred University in 2004 and has been working in glass continuously since then. She has taught at Penland School of Craft as well as numerous other private glass studios. In 2015 Kit completed the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University and a residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass. She has received scholarships from Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Windgate Foundation, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and the Glass Art Society. Her work has been published in New Glass Review editions 36, 37 and 38. In September 2018 she will begin a three year residency at Penland School of Craft.

AiR i S12 – A Retrospective

Opening  Friday July 6th 2018 at 07:oo pm

Welcome to an exhibition showing 64 works made by 27 of the 49 artist who have taken part in our Artist in Residence program, during the period of 2010 – 2018.

This retrospective is to mark the moving of S12 later this year to a new location in Bontelabo. It gives us the opportunity to look back and showcase some of the interesting works and experiments made in our workshop during the period we have been in Skostredet.

S12 will this summer parallel with the exhibition, introduce all 49 artists who have taken part in the AiR i S12 program, giving you the opportunity to get to know them all through our newsletter, our webpage, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The AiR in S12 program was launched in 2010, with the intention to support artists who use experimental, conceptual, and innovative approach when working with glass, as well as giving artists who don’t know the material the possibility to work with it.

Included in the exhibition are the following artists:
Alexandra Muresan, Alison Lowry, Amanda Patenaude, Angela Davies, Anne Petters, Aric Snee, Ben Wright, Brad Turner, CUD – John Drury and Robbie Miller, Damien Francois, DH McNabb, Doreen Garner, Einar and Jaimex de la Torre, Ito Laïla Le François, John Moran, Julia Chamberlain, Justin Ginsberg, Kate Clements, Margarida Alves, Maria Bang Espersen, Maria Koshenkova, Mike Simi, Saman Kalantari, Stine Bidstrup and Verena Schatz.

Come join us in S12 for the opening and meet our new workshop manager Jessie Blackmer.

Light refreshments will be served!

AiR i S12 has been supported by the City of Bergen from its beginning, and the running of the workshop has been made possible by the Norwegian Arts Council.
Others who have supported the program during shorter periods are:
Kulturkontakt Nord/Nordic Culture Point – 1 yr. (2015/16)
Norske kunsthåndverkere 2 yrs  (2013 & 14)

Our new workshop manager

Jessie Blackmer (US) has just joined the team in S12 as a Workshop Manager and assistant to the Artists in Residence.  Jessie Blackmer is an artist who has been working in glass since 1999. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2011. She has been a recipient of a Jon and Mary Shirley Scholarship, Artist in Residence at Wheaton Village, and Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence. She has also been a teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her work examines natural phenomena through an autobiographical lens while paying particular attention to disease states.


Young & Loving 2018

 Exhibition opportunity and a residency!

Young & Loving in S12 is an annual group exhibition of innovative and experimental works/installations, by newly graduated international artists, who use glass, either directly or indirectly in their work.  The exhibition stems from 2007, and includes 5 – 7 artists who have graduated within the last 3 years.

To be considered please send us the following:

  • A link to a showing your work
  • a photo of the work/installation you want to propose 
  • your CV

If you want to recommend someone, then please send us the name of the artist and a link to a 

One of the selected artists will be offered a residency in S12, to create a new work/installation for the 2018 exhibition while there. 

S12 covers all transportation cost for the works, in addition to a symbolic artist fee. 

Time frame:
Deadline for proposals:  July 1st ’18
Residency period :  August/September
Exhibition: September/October  

Please send all information to

For information on previous Young & Loving exhibitions see:

Retrospective of AiR in S12

Welcome to a presentation and an exhibition in S12 Studio and Gallery.

A retrospective is introducing the artists that have taken part in the AiR in S12 program from 2010 till now. It is to mark the moving of S12 this autumn to a new location in Bontelabo 2 making the retrospective the last exhibition we show in our Gallery in Skostredet.

We will during a period of 9 weeks, introduce all the artists who have taken part in our AiR in S12 program. Every week we will send out a newsletter introducing participating artists, year by year with information on our www page, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and slowly an exhibition will come to life in our Gallery.

The AiR in S12 program was launched in 2010 and has since hosted 48 international artists who work both within and outside the glass field. Its goal is to support international artists who use experimental, conceptual, and innovative approach when working with glass. One to two artists can be hosted at a time, and they are provided with housing, unlimited access to the workshop, assistance, and in many cases the possibility to display their works or arrange an exhibition at the end of their stay. S12’s unique situation, as a combination of an open access workshop that maintains and runs an adjacent gallery and a project room, allows artists, during the development of their work to think about how to best present the work when finished. Located on a street level in the center of town, it has also been possible for the public to meet the artists and to follow the process from experimenting with the material to making and then presenting a completed work.

We welcome you on this journey with us and hope you will enjoy meeting the 48 artists, seeing their works both in the making and when ready in an exhibition.

AiR i S12 has been supported by the City of Bergen from its beginning, and the running of the workshop has been made possible by the Norwegian Arts Council.

Other instances who have supported the program during shorter periods are:
Kulturkontakt Nord/Nordic Culture Point – 1 yr. (2015/16)
Norske kunsthåndverkere 2 yrs (2013/14)

Please click here for more information