The Centre for Young Art administers a range of projects targeting children and young people.
The website Trafo.no is the largest online community among the Nordic countries for young artists between the ages of 16 and 22. In addition to being able to display their creations in the online community’s exhibition room, the members can apply for project grants, receive mentor help from professional artists and participate in workshops and competitions across the country.
Over 10 000 people have made an account on Trafo since it was founded in 2001, and over 20 000 creations in the form text, audio, image and video have been uploaded.
Encourage creativity and assist in bringing about individual ideas and independent projects.
Accommodate for independent and creative working methods.
Accommodate for gatherings between young artists and professional environments and established artists.
Be aware of new forms of expression, display and distribution.
Promote and encourage a qualitative variety of narrow, individual and new forms of expression
Trafo.no was developed and run by Kulturbyrået Mesén on behalf of Arts Council Norway during 2002 to 2005. The project was moved to the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder in 2005. Trafo.no is funded by Arts Council Norway.
Cultiva Ekspress Kunst is an arrangement for talent development in Kristiansand for young artists between the ages 20 and 35. Cultiva Ekspress grants up to NOK 30 000 in grants for projects related to art and culture, such as productions, events, exhibitions and publishing. Cultiva Ekspress Kunst is meant to be a fast, simple and unbureaucratic support arrangement, and application closing dates are every even number month. In addition, Cultiva Ekspress Kunst has an arrangement for raising expertise called Superekspressen. Applications for this arrangement is processed continuously.
Cultiva Ekspress Kunst also arranges workshops in Kristiansand at regular intervals.
Cultiva Ekspress Kunst is led by the Centre for Young Art. More information and application forms can be found at www.cultivaekspress.no
Cultiva Ekspress Idrett
Cultiva Ekspress Idrett is an arrangement for talent development in Kristiansand. The purpose of the arrangement is to give young athletes the opportunity to develop their talent and achieve their goals. The arrangement awards youth grants of up to NOK 15 000 for people 15-16 years old, and elite grants of up to NOK 30 000 for people between the ages 17 and 35. The best results will be considered for receiving the yearly talent grant of NOK 50 000. The application closing date each year is October 1st.
The arrangement is led by the Centre for Young Arts. More information and application form can be found at www.cultivaekspress.no
Cultiva Ekspress Junior
Cultiva Ekspress Junior is a collection of artistic and creative projects for children between the ages 0 to 18 in the city of Kristiansand.
Cultiva Ekspress Junior aims to carry out projects that contribute to enriching the lives of children and youth through creativity, cultural participation, new experiences and growth.
Cultiva Ekspress Junior - Barnas Rutpluks
For the project Barnas Rutpluks, all children in Kristiansand were invited to create a sculpture park for the city’s park area. Eight sculptures based on the children’s own ideas are now realised in collaboration with four professional artists. The purpose of the project is to give children insight into the whole process of creation and the contribution of art and sculptures to the community spirit. Barnas Rutpluks also gives children the opportunity to participate in the development of their own urban areas and get a sense of ownership of their own city.
Skapende Barn (creative children) is an artistic programme offered to day care centres in Kristiansand by art educators and artists from the University of Agder. Through the use of visual art, music and literature, the primary goal is to give positive cultural experiences to young children. As well as spreading joy and well-being, the project strengthens the children’s language skills, social abilities and sense of achievement. Through Skapende Barn, we aim to prevent exclusion and encourage social participation for children in general, but also in particular for children at risk.
MyMachine promotes creativity in the educational system and gives children a unique opportunity to be imaginative and innovative entrepreneurs. In MyMachine children are invited to design their own dream machines. The project is a unique collaboration between three educational levels working together to create a working dream machine in three steps over one academic year:
1. Primary school children invent their dream machine.
2. Higher education students design a concept
3. Upper secondary school youth build a working prototype
Platform Nord (PN) is a festival and meeting place for young Nordic artists between the ages of 18 to 30.
PN has calls for projects for all artistic expressions: Performing and visual arts including performance, theatre, dance, music, literature, film, installations, photography and more. Projects transcending different art forms and creative expressions that explore new ways of mediation are especially welcome.
Platform Nord is created and lead by Fluks - Centre for Young Art.
Slow Bridge is a site-specific artwork by artist Anna Berthelsen and her team. It was created with the help of over 5300 children between the ages of 0 and 16 from day care centres and schools in Kristiansand. The artwork consists of thousands of small mirrored tiles placed under a bridge in the urban area of Kristiansand. On the tiles, the children have described their dreams. The exhibition opened 25 July 2015 and is now a popular pathway for inhabitants of the city and visitors alike.