Bergen is well known for its music scene, and countless festivals are normally held across the region. But, Fjord Norway has also become a hub for street art. The time when street art was removed before the paint was dry is long gone, and the Stavanger region, with its annual Nuart Festival and street art in the urban landscape, stands out in particular. There is also an active street art community in Bergen, and you can see many great works by both Norwegian and international artists when you stroll around the city.
Many of Norway’s most recognised street artists come from Bergen – e.g. Dolk, AFG and TEG. The city has attracted street artists for many years, and you will find some really impressive works here, particularly in stencil art. Street artists actively contribute to the public debate – including the artist AFK whose works have been hotly debated in the city on numerous occasions.
The City of Bergen has its own grant scheme for graffiti and street art, where the goal is for Bergen to be a ‘a trend-setting centre of graffiti as a form of expression, in both a Norwegian and Nordic context’.
At Gategalleriet, you can see exhibitions and buy works by both well-known and less well-known (street) artists.