Kurant is a artist-led space based in Tromsø, which has been running since 2009. Until November 2018, we were based in the premises of Søndre Tollbodgate 17, in the Nordbyen part of the city. It is currently running a nomadic programme in and around the Tromsø area.
Kurant's objectives are to assist in the development and strengthening of Tromsø's growing art scene and environment. The programme is shaped by the artists who organise and run the space, focusing particularly on contemporary emerging and early career artists. Kurant is organised and run with a democratic philosophy - a practice by which the decision making and shaping of the space is dictated by shared consensus between those who are present and participate.
Today, Kurant is run by Ruth Aitken, Andrea Conradsen and Anna Näumann, with additional help from André Enger Aas. Thor Birkedal additionally is part of the curatorial team for Kurant Kino.
Previous artists running Kurant:
Geir Backe Altern (Founder)
Line Solberg Dolmen (Founder)
Kåre Grundvåg (Founder)
Robert Julian B. Hvistendah
We are organised as an association and currently have an advisory board of Hege Kristin Widnes (Chairperson), Britt Kramvig and Kåre Grundvåg. We receive public funding from the Norwegian Arts Council and Tromsø Kommune, with additional funding from other bodies on a project basis.