Direktør fra Bergen Kunsthall til Camden Arts Centre Director leaves Bergen Kunsthall for Camden Arts Centre The director of Bergen Kunsthall leaves to take up one of the most prestigious jobs in the contemporary art scene. This is the second time Bergen Kunsthall supplies a leading international art institution with a new director.

Director Martin Clark of Bergen Kunsthall in Norway has just been appointed as the new director of Camden Arts Centre (CAC), London.

- It is a sign of Bergen Kunsthall’s continued recognition that once again we are supplying leading art institutions across the world with a new director, Petter Snare, the chair of the board of trustees at Bergen Kunsthall, says.

The previous director of Bergen Kunsthall, Solveig Øvstebø, was appointed leader of
The Renaissance Society in Chicago in 2013. Martin Clark joined Bergen Kunsthall after six years as Artistic Director of Tate St. Ives in Cornwall, one of Tate’s four national galleries. Clark has been director of Bergen Kunsthall for four years.

- We`re of course sad that he will be leaving Bergen Kunsthall, but we wish Martin all the best at Camden Arts Centre, Snare says.

Camden Arts Centre (CAC) in North London is one of the world’s leading institutions for contemporary art. Jenni Lomax has headed the CAC since 1990 but is stepping down this spring. After a rigorous international search, Martin Clark is appointed as the new director.

- I don’t think there is another institution anywhere in the world that could have tempted me away from Bergen at this moment. But, Camden Arts Centre is also very special, and has been somewhere I have always dreamt of working, Martin Clark says.

Bergen Kunsthall has collaborated with Camden Arts Centre on exhibitions in the past, and are doing so again this year.

- It’s an institution that shares much in terms of our philosophy, attitude and values. Jenni Lomax has led it brilliantly for more than 27 years. I shall miss Bergen Kunsthall and the extraordinary team here very much. I’ve had a wonderful four years in Bergen and made many friends, but it’s an honour to take over at CAC and I hope it will lead to even closer collaboration in the future.

The board of trustees at Bergen Kunsthall will start the process of finding a new director by the end of May. They hope to have a new director in place in Bergen during the autumn.

- I expect many leaders from the international art scene to show an interest, and that we find the best possible candidate, Petter Snare says.

Martin Clark will start working at Camden in September. The programme for Bergen Kunsthall will continue as planned until the new director is in place.

Facts about Bergen Kunsthall:
- One of the most important and highly regarded visual art galleries in Norway, reknowned internationally for its innovative and high profile exhibitions, commissions, talks, lectures, events and education programmes.
- Funded by the Ministry for Culture, City of Bergen and Hordaland County Council, as well as multiple supporters in business and industry
- Established in 1838 by J. C. Dahl.

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