About the project

Tenthaus artist collective established school partnerships to investigate art production with children and young adults in 2009. Norway lacks a tradition of art production as a collective endeavour, or community art per se.

Since 2011 and the opening of our project room Tenthaus Oslo, our participants have consisted of predominately young refugees aged 16-21 with little or no formal education from their countries of origin. They are enrolled in a basic adult education program at Hersleb college in Oslo to ensure language and basic knowledge to enter further education. This does not include aesthetic subjects. Tenthaus Oslo ensures that this group gets an extensive program of meetings with contemporary visual art in an ongoing discussion about what art can be and its possibilities.

We are gaining new knowledge about the way in which visual art impacts personal development as well as discovering new practices for visual art production in schools. 2017-18 will see the implementation of the Tenthaus Sessions, a series of art projects extending over a school year to gain a deeper understanding of art production with our participants. We are seeking funding from Oslo Council to build a prototype of a temporary pop artist studio for school use and will start a new partnership with Oslo’s Deichmann main library.

We define our project as subversive in that we refuse to accept existing educational structures and beliefs and place ourselves in a position in which we chart new territories for artists. Our presence in the school system is drawing increasing attention to the state of the visual arts in schools, drawing out a wider debate and challenging existing artist in school programmes that do not address contemporary visual art practice.

About the artist

Helen Eriksen, Ebba Moi and Stefan Schröder started Tenthaus artist collective in Sinsen School in 2009. Tenthaus Oslo project space opened in 2011 to initiate and disseminate a discussion of socially engaged art. Tenthaus Oslo functions as a space for exhibition, knowledge production, discussion, art production in and with schools and also as an advocate for real art production with the users of schools, and to mentor artists working with young people.