Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (LKV) is a broad art institution that includes a working community for over 40 professional visual artists and artisans, production workshops available to all professional artists, an international artist-in-residence program for artists in visual arts, dance, music, performing arts, film , literature, etc. and a solid artist-run exhibition space for contemporary art that has been active for 16 years so far: BABEL visningsrom for kunst.
Established in 1993, LKV is based in a former school building from 1906 located within walking distance of Trondheim’s centre. The main building houses 42 studios, as well as production workshops for working with wood, metal, analogue photography, lithography, screen printing, etching and woodcuts, a ceramics kiln and three project rooms. The adjacent building, the former gym building, houses four apartments for the artist-in-residence program. BABEL visningsrom for kunst is located in rented venue 150 m from LKV’s main building.
The building is owned by the municipality of Trondheim and is leased to the artists on a non-profit basis. By means of a fairly modest investment, the owner has greatly improved the working conditions for the city’s artists. The facilities, the moderate rent and the professional fellowship also encourage art students to remain in the area after having finished their studies.
The foundation aims to:
- Provide well-equipped and affordable production workshops available to everyone working professionally with art
- Run artistic and interdisciplinary activities that highlight the value of visual art, stimulate increased use of artists in society and contribute to increased awareness of the potential that lies in a creative environment
- Contribute to increased contact and exchange between artists, e.g. by running a artist-in-residence program in collaboration with other parties
- Arrange projects, courses, seminars etc. which can stimulate artistic development and exchange
- Run outward activity towards the audience
The foundation’s board:
Per Kristian Nygård (chairman)
Ellen Sofie Griegel (vice-chairman)
Marius Lervåg Aasprong