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Presentation: Local AiR

Kiyoshi Yamamoto, AiR, 2018

Opportunity for artists to incorporate glass in their artistic expression.

S12 invites artists, from all fields, residing in Western Norway to apply for a residency during the winter 2019/20.

Presentation of Local AiR in S12 and information on the application process:

Saturday, September 14th
Time: 14.00 -16.00

The presentation will introduce you to our workshop and show our facilities through demonstrations. The introduction will give an insight into techniques one can work with during a stay in S12, and how to plan a residency. Residency periods are set to two weeks divided into two periods, one week in November or December 2019 followed by a week in February 2020 to complete your project.

The project is supported by Norske kunsthåndverkere and the City of Bergen and this first round we will be accepting 2 artists.

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 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

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.


Exhibition with works by Maria Bang Espersen & Max Syron opening on Friday 13th at 19:00. The opening will include a performance and measurement of your hight.  Light White Refreshments.

The Creative Sunday School starts again Sunday 15th.  Monica and Anett will be in the workshop from 12:oo  – 17.oo

Maria Bang Espersen and Max Syron will continue their residency in S12 until the end of February.  They will continue to create new works and display them in our workshop, the project room, and may possibly continue to develop the exhibition in the Gallery.

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

November 2014

In our Gallery SÝN, a solo exhibition with works by Æsa Björk continues until 16th of November.    Æsa uses many different techniques in her approach to glass (pâte de verre, casting, flame working) in her latest work SÝN from 2014, she has created a big dome using Pâte de verre and video.

Saman Kalantari from Iran has been AiR i S12 since October 11th and will stay until November 3rd.    November 1st he will give an artist talk in our project room – starting 2.00 p.m.

This is the third presentation of residency artists currently working in Bergen.

This time two artists will participate, in addition to S.Kalantari   Essi Kausalainen (Finland) who has been an AiR at USF Verftet in Bergen will also present her work. Essi is an artist who instead of images or objects uses gestures and actions in her work.

The result of Saman Kalantaris residency can be seen during our next exhibition  FUNN, where his work will play an important role.

Julia Chamberlain will be the last Artist in Residence in S12 this year, arriving on November 4th and staying until middle of December.

Julia comes to us through the co-operation we have with the Pilchuck Glass School.

The Creative SundaySchool will continue until 30th of November.

October 2014

10th of October we open the exhibition SÝN, a solo exhibition with works by Æsa Björk. The works exhibited are made between 1995 and 2014  (see more under exhibitions 2014).   The main medium used is glass and 2 videos are in addition a part of the exhibition.

On October 11th  Saman Kalantari from Iran arrives in Bergen for his residency.  He will be staying with us for 3 weeks.  During his stay he will give a course in Pâte de Verre / his paperthin technique and towards the end also give an artist talk.

Our educational program DKS continues with 40 – 50 kids coming in for the selfportrait course every week.    UNG15 / Young15, an intro to glass course, contines every Monday.