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Lofoten Art Open

Saturday 9 September 202312:00 - 19:00

Poster Lofoten Art Open

Welcome to this year’s Lofoten Art Open!

A total of 22 studios, workshops and galleries in Lofoten are open this weekend to the public! You will find the various operators at Reine and Nusfjord, on the road between Stamsund and Leknes, Kvalnes, Henningsvær, Kabelvåg and Svolvær.
When: September 9-10 at 12:19 p.m.

Lofoten Art Open at the Espolin Gallery

The Espolin Gallery has invited comic artists Judith Vanistendael and Eva Hilhorst to present their project and hold a drawing workshop on Saturday during Lofoten Art Open!  

In our collection exhibitions, the public can experience some of Kaare Espolin Johnson’s earliest drawings, his famous lithographs and fascinating works on paper in a mixed technique.

Watch documentary film
Experience the artist tell about his life and his sources of inspiration, as well as his most central motifs such as “Juksafiskere”, “Fylgje” and “The Bridge of Light”.

Create yourself!
Get inspired and create your own expressions: on Saturday you can join a drawing workshop from 13:00 to 15:00 with artists Judith Vanistendael and Eva Hilhorst. Judith and Eva will give a presentation about their work on the Storytelling project and talk about how they turn the information they find into compelling stories. Inspired by this, participants get the chance to draw their own comic stories in a one-hour workshop. Finally, we make copies so that the stories can be shared among the participants.

The rest of the weekend there will be the opportunity to create your own image in one of Kaare Espolin Johnson’s preferred techniques – scraperboard.

Judith Vanistendael is a comic book artist who has published several graphic short stories, while Eva Hilhorst is a graphic journalist and editor of the digital platform Drawing the Times. The two cartoonists work with graphic journalism, and have climate change as a joint project. Judith and Eve draw stories to make visible the invisible. They research ways to tell about climate change, fictional and non-fiction by meeting people and working on co-creation projects. This is their third visit to North Norway. They are artists in residence at Melbu at AiRV. On September 15, they will participate in this year’s Elvelangs festival.


The Espolin Gallery Saturday, September 9 from 13:00 to 15:00:
Presentation and drawing workshop with Judith Vanistendael and Eva Hilhorst




Galleri Eva Harr/Reine Culture Centre shows paintings by Eva Harr, pictures from Arnt Sneve and pictures and film by Trym Ivar Bergsmo.


Salteriet Galleri Nusfjord shows H. M. Queen Sonja Prints «NORTHERN LANDSCAPES», Nicholas O´ Leary painting “RAW”, Ragnhild Lie – Installation «WILD FISH COLLECTED», Ingeborg Stana – painting and printmaking, Frode M Lillesund – Bronze sculpture, Renate Johansen – Drawing and Elisabeth Helvin – Ceramics.


Lofoten Wool/Høystålet offers wool products made from local wool, plant dyeing of yarn and textile workshop.

Gallery 2 shows an exhibition by Roghieh Asgari Torvund “RESONANCE”. Drawings, video and paintings. Roghieh has the performance “FORTUNE ELLER” on Saturday at 3 p.m. In addition, Scott Thoe shows paintings, and there is a workshop for children and young people with film and drawing with the same colors that Roghieh has used.

Rokkvika Porcelain Factory, Here you will find Gunvor Tangrand’s ceramic products.

Atelier Åsen, Liv Andreassen invites you into her studio, shows her work, and offers coffee and cake.

Kunstkvarteret invites you to studios, workshops and exhibitions. The project PRESS REAL-TIME. Kjellaug Halten Lunde, Lill Anita Olsen, Rina Charlott Lindgren, Thomas Falstad, Vebjørg Hagene Thoe and Trygve Luktvasslimo and others. There will also be a world premiere for Robert Curgenven’s sound work from Ireland, “LOFOTEN OPEN FROM PAVILLION OF AIR” Sound Walk.

Fryseriet in Meieriet Cultural Centre, Leknes Lofoten Wool and Ragnhild Lie invite you to an exhibition of interior textiles and contemporary art – WE EMBRACE NATURE -RAW CRAFTSMANSHIP.

Atelier Kvalnes, Anne Katrine Dolven shows a retrospective exhibition of works from 1984 and 1986 in her studio.

Kjetil Berge, Geir Losnegard and Sigrid Høyforsslett Bjørbæk show new works, textiles, metal, wood and glass in Haverringen 936. There will be a bar evening in the Midnightsun bar’n, bring drinks.

Kleivan Art Reception, Chris Reddy invite to Studio exhibition and occasional drum jam sessions.


Engelskmannsbrygga shows glass by Heidi Kristiansen and Mette Paalgaard, photography by John Stenersen and ceramics by Cecilie Haaland.

Galleri Lofoten shows their permanent exhibition LOFOTEN PAINTERS with renowned artists such as Otto Sinding, Gunnar Berg, Even Ulving, Adelsteen Normann, Einar Berger, Ole Juul, Thorolf Holmboe. In addition, exhibition with watercolours by Lars Lerin and exhibition of Magne Furuholmen’s graphic works and ceramics.


Kabelvåg Kunsthall, Sylvia Henriksen, Bjørn Tore Stavang, Maria Gradin, Even Bie-Larsen, Christine Nøtnes and Malin Nyheim Overholth invite you to a PopUp screening and presentation in the old primary school in Kabelvåg.

Agnetes Atelier, Agnete Tangrand invites you to her studio in Kabelvåg.

Lofoten Glass, Catinka Mæhlum invites you to Open Glass gallery.

Lille Kabelvåg Art Gallery and Museum presents the exhibition HEALING LANDSCAPES by Vilija Vitkute. Sketches, cut and paste – Interrail by Thor Erdahl and Inger Anne Nyaas. Art in Motbakke is open, and Thor prints prints in the workshop. LAO 2023 will conclude with PUST with Johanne Seines Nilsen.

Atelier 23, Ragnhild Adelheid Holten and Christian Skagen show works from their artistic activities in their studio and home.

Svolvær Kunstforening presents Vemund Thoe’s painting exhibition “TROMS AND FINNMARK STATE OF MIND”

Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter, arranges an art rebus in Svolvær for the whole family. Saturday from 12 -18 there is a Karveskurd / net cutting workshop with the artist Øystein Pålsønn Lønvik.

Gallery Dagfinn Bakke shows art from 40 artists and here there is a frame workshop.


In 2022, Lofoten Art Galleries, LAG took the initiative to start Lofoten Art Open, LAO which took place on 10 and 11 September 2022.  Artists and art spaces opened their studios to the public that same weekend. The event was well received and LAG is working to make Lofoten Art Open an annual event on the 2nd weekend of September, which strengthens cooperation and inspires further development within the visual arts field in Lofoten.

Lofoten Art Open 2023 is supported by Nordland County Council and Arts Council Norway.


Saturday 9 September 2023
12:00 - 19:00


Galleri Espolin
Storvåganveien 22
Kabelvåg, 8310 Norge