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Cultural Paths develops collaborative strategies and cultural projects between rural areas and urban centres.


We establish cooperation with organisations and creative practitioners  interested in the revision, revitalisation and dissemination of local practices, knowledge and skills through the lens of contemporary art, design innovation and education.

Serving as a connecting nexus, Cultural Paths facilitates the co-development of multi-disciplinary programs, training sessions and symposiums that reflect the value of place, its heritage and wisdom. We envision regenerative mechanisms in the rural dimension that makes sense as local realities.

As we navigate these challenging times, we ask:

What exchanges can be made to enhance local cultural production while fostering environmental awareness and conviviality?

Cultural Paths, is committed to craft versions of the future that resonate with meaning and purpose. 


Friends & Partners
we have worked with


A platform for artists to explore, experiment and play in tandem with nature and the community. A space for dialogue and action away from mainstream culture in the small island of Venøy.


The 400 acres Farm ‘Venø Gård’ has been in the Venø family for more than 400 years. Farming on such a small scale is barely sustainable, therefore it is important to find new ways for the land to give sustenance to the community. Their answer is art, which in Norwegian meaning ‘kunst’, one can Kindle, Unite, Nurture and Stimulate Thought.


An organisation on the farm Falkevik in Kinn municipality, Vestland. located on the north side of the Nordfjord. A small farm with a long history, dating way back to 1609.

Nordfjordull sells wool and leather products from its own sheep. The product is approved to use the trademark of the National Team for Old Norse Spælsau, and the royal mark of Norwegian Made, a brand for sustainable quality product made in Norway.

Ytre kunstfagskole is an art school located in Ålesund, Norway. The vision of the school can be interpreted politically. Ytre believe that all parts of society deserve to be seen through the observant eye of the artist. 


The art world is highly centralized, and the perspective on the present loses important dimensions. The vision is also a goal for the study: Ytre wants to educate upcoming artists who will challenge their perspectives. But they must also challenge the perspectives of others through meetings in the society around them.


The Nordfjord Opera House is co-located with the Eid secondary school . Collaboration between school and culture is the origin and existence of the facility. During the day, the building buzzes with life from around 400 students and 90 staff, in the evening the same premises are filled with culture. 

Opera Nordfjord and Eid vgs also work closely together, on, among other things, scenery construction and props.
The collaboration between school and culture has great effects both economically, socially and culturally.

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Totto Ry, was established as early as 1951 with the intention to foster the cohesiveness, wellbeing and cultural spirit of the local region. The goals of the association include the preservation and dissemination of local cultural heritage history.


Toto Ry is the body responsible for running the Heritage and Cultural museum in Pöykkölä, Rovaniemi. Presently the museum is being developed into a dynamic center for the learning and revitalisation of traditional culture. Their events and programs are generated in cooperation with local residents' and village associations, tourism guides and rural and tourism entrepreneurs.


Arctic Art Institute is a meeting place for artists, designers, architects, performers, experimental musicians in the Euro-Arctic region


The institute functions as a discerning window to examine local and global discourses and practices rooted within the geographical borders and perceptions of the rural domain in the circumpolar north. 

Arctic Art Institute, a research and project bureau started by independent artists, curators and sociologists in Murmansk in August 2014


An independent organization dedicated to support and promote cultural projects and sustainable tourism in the city of Murmansk and the rural municipalities of the region.


Barents Bird organises the Cultural Festival BARENTS BIRDS, an annual platform that provides artists and cultural practitioners from the Nordic countries to meet, exchange ideas and showcase work. 

They have also created online accelerators for artisans in rural areas, Barents Bird Academy and BB Factory as platforms to develop  sustainable initiatives that contribute to the local economies.and cultural fabric of the region.


Lunga School is an established independent artist-led institution located in the village of Seyðisfjörður. A fertile initiative where contemporary art practice amalgamates in positive synergy with village community life and culture.


Lunga is a living functioning example that makes visible how art practice within an organised educational framework brings a definitive positive impact to a remote rural location, not only by furthering its cultural life  but also widening  experiences within the rural domain in terms of creative input and outputs.

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