Marie Nerland is an artist and curator based in Bergen, Norway. She has studied political science, comparative literature, and holds a master degree in theatre studies from the University of Bergen and a MA-level degree in curatorial practice from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

In 2008 she founded Volt, a long term curatorial initiative that commissions and presents new projects by contemporary artists. Past projects have taken the form of exhibitions, time-based media, performances, discursive projects and sound art.

She is the editor of The Imaginary Reader (Volt, 2016), the anthology 25 (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2010) and Ferdsskriveren (BIT Teatergarasjen, 2003), co-editor of the Norwegian Art Yearbook (Pax Forlag, 2010-2013) and 3t, a Norwegian journal of contemporary performing arts (1997-2007).

Since 1999 she has been working as an artist in different collaborative performance-based projects. Her last projects has been presented at P////AKT, Amsterdam (2019), Small Projects, Tromsø (2019), Hordaland Kunstsenter (2018) and Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall (2017).

Previous projects have been presented at Stiftelsen 3,14; Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall; Lydgalleriet; Hordaland kunstsenter; BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen; Black Box Teater & UKS, Oslo; TOU Scene, Stavanger; Teaterhuset Avantgarden, Trondheim; Atelier Concorde, Lisbon; Kino Šiška, Ljubljana; Škuc Gallery/Mladi Levi, Ljubljana; the artgenda biennale 2002, Hamburg; the Centre for Performance Research, Wales; the festival Performa/Platforma, Maribor, Slovenia and several self-organized projects at diverse locations in Lisbon, Berlin and Bergen.

phone: +4791111309
Post address: Krohnengsgaten 13 N-5031 Bergen

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The Norwegian Visual Artists Association (NBK)
Young Artists' Society (UKS)
Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH)
The Norwegian Association of Curators
The International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT)
Performance Studies international (PSi)

Board member
2016-2018 The Norwegian Association of Curators
2014-2018 The Norwegian Art Yearbook
2018 - Chair of the board of The Norwegian Art Yearbook

2019 Grant from USF Visningsrommet
2017 One year work grant, Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond
2015 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2013 One year work grant for artists, City of Bergen
2009 Artist grant, City of Bergen
2008 Mobility grant, Kulturkontakt Nord
2007 Travel grant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)
2006 One year work grant, Statens Kunstnerstipend
2003 Establishing grant for young artists, City of Bergen

2020 ISCP New York, OCA
2015 Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2015 Vilnius, Arts Printing House
2013 AIR Bergen-Berlin
2011 OCA Berlin Mitte
2007 TAOH residency at TOU Scene, Stavanger

2017 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2017 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2016 Jury Sørlandsutstillingen 2016 with Pelle Brage and Anne Marthe Dyvi
2015 Jury BKH-grants for students, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, MA and BA-level
2014 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
2013 Jury Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale

2008-2010 MA-level in Creative Curating, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
2006 Mobile Academy, Warsaw
2001 Cand Philol (MA) Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1999, spring semester Electronic art, theatre and performance studies, Stony Brook, State University of New York (Exchange student)
1996-97 Theatre studies, University of Antwerp (Erasmus student)
1993-95 Cand Mag (BA), Litterature studies,Theatre studies, University of Bergen
1992-93 Political Science, Molde University College



2019 - In Performances

Signposts Tromsø

2019 - In Performances


2018 - In Performances

Curatorial Work

VOLT (2008- )

2019 - In Curatorial Work

Imagining Commons

2015 - In Curatorial Work


The Imaginary Reader

2016 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2013

2013 - In Publications

The Norwegian Art Yearbook 2012

2012 - In Publications

Lectures, Writing & more


2020 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Oslo Open 2020

2020 - In Lectures, Writing & more

Oslo Open

2017 - In Lectures, Writing & more