Kunsthall Stavanger is an art institution that shows Norwegian and international contemporary art, with an aim to promote interest in art and culture.

Kunsthall Stavanger prioritizes the following in its program:

  • To carry out exhibitions, projects and events with Norwegian and international artists who are part of a global discourse.

  • To offer a comprehensive educational program, with a special focus on children and young people.

  • To be an inclusive art institution, striving to show an anti-racist and intersectional program.

  • To focus on digital art projects, strategies and tools to reach audiences around the world.

Kunsthall Stavanger opened in 2013, and is operated by Stavanger Art Association, which was established in 1865 and opened its building in 1925.

Kunsthall Stavanger has organised major survey exhibitions with artists such as Judith Bernstein, Kiki Kogelnik, Vanessa Baird, Peggy Ahwesh, and Wong Ping, and solo exhibitions with Jamian Juliano-Villani, Nicolas Party, Hanne Lippard, Violet Dennison, Takeshi Murata, and Torbjørn Rødland, among many others. Guest Curators include Legacy Russel, Myriam Ben Salah, Martha Kirszenbaum, Erika Balsom and Robert Leckie.

Kunsthall Stavanger's institutional focus was in 2013–2020 on women artists, artists working with new technology, and artists from Stavanger with an international practice. In 2021–2022 the institution has had a special focus on artists working with screen-based and digital art through the exhibitions LEAN (curated by Legacy Russell, with artists Justin Allen, Jen Everett, Krista Gay, Devin Kenny, Kalup Linzy, Rene Matić, Sadé Mica, and Leilah Weinraub), Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca: Swinguerra, Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines, and Wong Ping: ༼;´༎ຶ ۝ ༎ຶ༽ ~♡.

Art education for kids and young people is integral to Kunsthall Stavanger's mission, and through collaborations with professional artists, educators and youth workers, the institution activates contemporary art as a relevant and vital element of everyday life through programmes such as The Art Club, Mobilizing Citizenship, Arty Party, and school workshops.

Kunsthall Stavanger has carried out partnerships with institutions such as Tate St. Ives, Cornwall; New Museum and Rhizome, New York; Performa, New York; Kunsthalle FriArt, Fribourg, Switzerland; Spike Island, Bristol; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; and MUNCH, Oslo.

Funding Bodies

Kunsthall Stavanger receives operational support from the Ministry of Culture and Equality, and the City of Stavanger.

Annual Reports

2021, PDF (Norwegian)

2020, PDF (Norwegian)

2019, PDF (Norwegian)

2018, PDF (Norwegian)