Tou Works 1


The east side of Stavanger is expanding rapidly, incorporating culture, business and residents. The city’s habits and patterns are changing at a speedy rate but what kind of changes does this imply? Looking at the route that starts at Nytorget, Pedersgata ending up at Tou Scene, this project invites artists, citizens, city planners and local businesses to comment the route, a 15-minute walk. We hope these comments will highlight the route as an extraordinary experience/walk in itself and question and explore this specific environment.


Creative people from all artistic fields are invited to propose work inspired by sites on this route. The selected artists will be offered a 10 days research period developing work in Stavanger followed by a 5-day showing/event and 2 days of aftermath. The artists will be sharing their process and working methods during the workshops and participate in work tasks, lectures and a seminar as a shared process. Each artist selects a site that will be negotiated with the curators and the local residents. Private homes, shop windows, the public restrooms of the old square, a street corner and a bush can all become hosts for artistic triggers. The work can be everything fro alternative road signs, ephemeral shops or temporary cafés, people as places or sites, walk in cinema etc. Work can result in installations, interactions, sound pieces and live work, the sky is the limit and we hope to get surprised, shocked or amazed by your suggestions!


1. A 10-day workshop/research 25th of March – 3rd of April
2. 5 days of showing 11th and 15th of June
3. 2 day seminar/aftermath 29th – 30th August

Anne-Marte Eidseth Rygh: Performance artist and curator of an annual Performance Day in Stavanger, Norway. Project manager of an artist residence and lecturer of art theory.

Johanna Tuukkanen: Founder and artistic director of the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland. An international festival focusing on site-specific work made for public spaces. She is also a practicing artist working in the fields of performance, live art and contemporary dance.

Tou Works is a series of new-art-productions at Tou Scene, Center for Contemporary Arts, Norway. The project is supported and in collaboration with Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture.

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