Wrap offers a wide and flexible range of tools and production studios for artists and groups who need extra facilities during specific production periods/artistic ventures. Our well-equipped workshops cover the following art fields: Music, Wood and metalwork, Film/video/animation, Photography/graphics, Dance/theatre/physical, Electronics
Wrap is an artist-led production hub, where no spaces or tools are exclusively reserved for specific artists. A bundle of technical and spatial possibilities, where you can pick, choose and tailor your working environment for every individual production. Wrap is run by experienced, professional artists and technicians. Our expertise and years of developing and streamlining the facilities, makes the project completely unique within Norway, and an important contribution to the diverse independent/freelance arts scene in Hordaland.
We also co–produce some projects, and program an eclectic mix of exhibitions, concerts, performances and other events in various of our spaces. Our combined activities contribute to increased production and artistic standards, making new connections and increasing awareness between different artists and their work. The centre provides a vibrant and inspiring environment without infringing the autonomy of individual artists and projects.
The project is financed with significant help from Bergen City Council and The Arts Council of Norway, which, combined with some voluntary work, and income from events and projects, helps us to provide the artistic community with high quality resources at pretty symbolic rates.
Wrap was established in 2003 By Stiftelsen History Disposal Unit - in practice Leo, Veronica and Gitte (at that given time) – after sociopolitical campaigning, two large-scale pilot projects, and a creative dialogue with Landlord, Bergen Bygg og Eiendom.
Our first centre was established at the previously disused site of BKK's (Bergen Municipal Power) outlet for gas and coal in Ibsensgate. After six years of creative productivity, the buildings were demolished, and the centre re-housed in Mølendalsveien. The new space is larger and more practical than the previous one, allowing for larger projects and more productivity. It is borrowed from Bergen Council (Kulturkontoret for Bergenhus og Årstad). Projects that have taken place at Wrap have been of almost every imaginable combination and scale between the media of wood and metalwork, photographic and cine film processing, acoustic and electronic sound, video, painting and performing arts. Events at the centre have ranged from film screenings, workshops and concerts to theatre performances, from AV Jam, a midi-based collaboration between electronic composer/musician, video artist/VJ and performer, to collaborations between visual artists and dancers and choreographers.
Wrap has in the past collaborated locally with B.I.T.-Teatergarasjen, Bergen Dansesenter and Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, and internationally by hosting resident artists from Mexico, Israel, England, Denmark, Mali and France.