Category Archives: Exhibitions

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.

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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

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)


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)

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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.


Welcome to the opening of the exhibition SHIELD II

Vernissage, Saturday February 24th at 7 pm
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12 – 5 pm
Exhibition is open until March 24th

The exhibition is a continuation of a collaboration between visual artist Æsa Björk and musician Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir.

By mapping brain activity with EEG recordings, Æsa and Tinna set out to interpret the border between an intangible emotional state and the physical manifestation of brain activity. The EEG recordings were transformed into sound waves. The fragile glass shields serve both as canvases depicting the physical movements that took place, as well as soundboards for brain activity triggered by emotional responses and movement. The sound manifests itself as vibrations created by the conductive speakers attached to the glass. By forming a chamber of human proportions the glass shields can be seen as a membrane separating the self from the outside while reflecting an inner reality which often remains invisible.

The first edition of the installation Shield was exhibited for the first time during European Glass Context 2016, at the Bornholm Art Museum in Denmark.


Æsa Björk born in Reykjavík, Iceland graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) 1995 and MDes 1997 and in 1994, she studied at VSUP in Prague with Vladímir Kopecky. In 2005 she co-founded S12 Studio and Gallery in Norway ( where she currently serves as artistic advisor. From 2011-2014 she held a 3 year position as a visiting artist and faculty at the School of Art and Design, Sculpture/ Dimensional Studies, NYSCC Alfred University, U.S.A. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of the collections of KODE Art Museums in Bergen and the National Museum in Oslo, Norway.


Tinna Thorsteinsdottir born in Reykjavik, Iceland, she studied in Hannover and Münster in Germany before continuing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Stephen Drury. She has a broad experience with new music and has premiered around 80 piano works especially written for her in recent years. Tinna has performed internationally, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. During recent years she has collaborated with several visual artists including creating interactive sound- and performance works with the glass artist Alli Hoag.

Tinna is one of the artistic directors of CYCLE Music and Art Festival in Iceland.


Impermafrost (2017) Angela Davies

Impermafrost is a solo exhibition in succession of a residency programme the artist engaged in at S12 Galleri.

Impermafrost is an audiovisual installation that seeks to encourage reflection on environmental dialogues. The alchemy of glass through the transformative qualities of heat and light allow for connections alluding to ice forms and processes of climate change. The light installation is animated through responsive coding creating projections of the glass embodiments. The cyclical illumination of the works is informed by the shifting states of Arctic sea ice.

Angela Davies is an interdisciplinary artist based in Wales, working across the intersections of art, science, technology and nature. Her work engages with contemporary themes within the context of site, space and process. The works interaction allows for intimate experiences that encourage altered perceptions between inner and outer space. This extends to reflections upon the way the environment is experienced and imagined. Davies draws upon a hybrid of traditional disciplines alongside creative technologies to create interactive eco-light sculptures and installation.

Angela is the Co-Director of Studio MADE, a cross-disciplinary studio and gallery space in Denbigh and is a resident artist at Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol. She has exhibited on an international level and has work within public and private collections in the UK, Europe and the USA. She has been the recipient of several awards, most recently she was granted the Impact Acceleration Account Award from the Economic and Social Research Council. The award allows her  to work with a Scientist at Bangor University to develop research in relation to human induced climate change. Davies completed her MA with Distinction at Manchester School of Art in 2013.

Technology collaboration with Chris Ball
With thanks to the Department of Physics and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bergen for their support.

In collaboration with PIKSEL2017

Vernissage November 17th at 7 pm
Artist talk Saturday 18th of November at 2 pm.
Exhibition is open until December 22nd
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12:00-5 pm.



Young & Loving!

Vernissage Friday 6th of October at 7 pm!

Welcome to the opening of Young & Loving! an exhibition with a personal and social political tone.

Young & 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.

This year’s artists are Elizabeth Cote (US), Ito Laïla Le François (CA), Adéla Lakomá (CZ),  Alexandra Muresan (RO), Leana Quade (US) and Nate Ricciuto (US).


Elizabeth Cote´s sculptures show the mind metaphorically in the states of depression, mania, and balance. The detailed cast glass allows a viewing similar to the way one might look at a picture book, searching for the details of the story which are all packed into a single image.

Through Ito Laïla Le François’s installation we are confronted with the negative impact we humans have on the earth and the sea, and the artist’s sense of powerlessness in her attempt to contribute to change. Le François’s work addresses topics such as boat refugees, overfishing, oil spill and problems related to our use of plastic.

Adéla Lakomá deals in her work with her family tradition of agriculture. Through her artistic focus and in her works, she breaks with a tradition that has been in her family for generations. In her art, she creates objects inspired by agriculture   and thus, keeps the family tradition alive in her own expressive way.

Alexandra Muresan combines glass with metal meshes and objects, renewing the old technique of glass making and demonstrating the glass’s modernity. She is showing two works, where one is called  “Don’t push me …” – a reflection of the way we push nature and our environment towards breaking point through invasive industrial behavior.

Leana Quade utilizes glass in a surrealistic sense that invites the viewers to question the material and what they are seeing. She seeks to provide the viewer with an opportunity to perceive glass in a new way and think again about how it acts, moves and functions. The goal is to inspire curiosity by revealing the mystical properties of glass and to shed new light on the surprising characteristics and capabilities of glass as an artistic material.

Nate Ricciuto´s work combines material and historical concerns in considering the ways that optical devices and technology have utilized glass and ultimately shaped how we perceive the world and understand our place in it. In many of his works, he constructs living systems and absurd objects that simultaneously embrace and question our innate curiosity and stubborn artificiality.

Open until 5t of November