We help children to experience and express themselves through art.

We achieve this by arranging Artists in residence, seminars, workshops and conferences.

Seanse Art Center is a national development arena for art production in all genres. In addition to artist residency, we organize artist meetings, art workshops, conferences, webinars and a Small Arts Festival every 3 years (children 0-6 years). Seanse has many partners and collaborators, and has initiated the international ITAC Conferences and Collaborative network.

Contact us

Phone: +47 70 07 54 83
E-mail: info@seanse.no


Marit Ulvund
Marit Ulvund

Phone: +47 70 07 53 65
Mobile: +47 930 69 526
E-mail: mu@hivolda.no

Center Director Marit Ulvund is Associate Professor (PhD) in Theatre, with education from NTNU in Norway, University of Minnesota in the United States, and Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Her PhD thesis is a practice-led study in Echo Theatre, a new theatre method she has developed. The study confirms that while there is potential for Echo Theatre to support the development of performative and narrative competencies in students, the effectiveness of this directly relates to the teacher’s theatre knowledge and skills and didactic attitude towards the students.

Her focus as a researcher and center director revolves around theatre practice, arts in education and art for and with children. Marit has been with SEANSE since its founding, and as director is responsible for the center’s strategic vision, funding, administration and planning.

Karstein Solli
Karstein Solli

Mobile: +47 905 95 459
E-mail: sollik@hivolda.no

Artistic Leader Karstein Solli is a performing artist and a lecturer in acting, drama and theater communication. He graduated as a preschool teacher and has mime and theater education from Ecole Jaques Lecoq in Paris, Desmond Jones School of Mime, London and the Mime Department at the State Theater School in Amsterdam. He is a choreographer and a stage director and has since 1987 been producing solo performances as well as having large productions under his direction. Solli’s artistic work is often characterized as an intersection between dance, theater and performance. He has been touring in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the United States, Brazil and in Chile. Solli is currently a lecturer in the BA study programme at Høyskolen for Dansekunst, Oslo. Since 1997 Solli has been a regular receiver of the Norwegian State Income for Artists.

Kristian Glomnes
Kristian Glomnes Selon

Phone: +47 70 07 54 83
Mobile: +47 91 31 99 30
E-mail : kristian.glomnes@hivolda.no

Producer Kristian Glomnes
works to ensure that children, young people and others can experience and express themselves through art in the best possible way, by arranging artist stays, seminars, webinar art workshops, artist meetings and conferences. Kristian has a bachelor degree in drama and theatre as well as pedadagoy, in addition he has an education from NTNU with the use of tech in teaching, marketing, economics & IT management from BI Norwegian Business School. With this background, he wants to strengthen the role of the arts in education and the community, and believes in development and cooperation between the art field and the society. With the love for technology/gaming and a drama-pedagogical approach, he sees a lot of connections between the fields, especially the value of fiction and role-playing, whether it applies to computer games and/or drama, which has resulted in a three-part webinar series on gaming. All the webinars are available in his in its entirety and was carried out in 2021-22. All the webinars are available in their entirety online and were conducted in 2021-22.

As an arena for the production of art, Seanse is unique in its combination of a residency, artistic and pedagogic guidance, economic support and providing practice audiences…There is also complete agreement that this role serves a purpose and fulfills a need.

Telemark Research Institute

Evaluation of Seanse

Høgskulen I Volda

Senase Art Center were selected to lead the Cultural Rucksack’s country-wide project INK2013 to improve art access for children and youths with special needs. Seanse’s main engagement does however continue to be supporting the production of art for and with children – since 2004 we have hosted 848 artist in around 390 productions.

As part of our work for children and young people in Norway, we also work with international actors to bring experiences from outside here. Seanse has with contributors from abroad arranged the Small Art Festival, which takes place every 3 years.

We know that good art programs contributes to children’s development such as problem solving skills, creativity, critical thinking and ability to adapt. Art is important as a way to reach and deepen understanding and access alternative perspectives. Through sharing our expertise, piloting new art practices, conferences, research, seminars and supporting high-quality productions, we work to improve art for and with children.


Eric Booth

Eric Booth

Teaching Artist

Eric Booth joined Seanse's artistic council out of enthusiasm for the high quality and development of Teaching Artistry in Norway. He is the most prominent leader and the advocate of Teaching Artistry in the United States, and has contributed to the development of the field in over 30 countries. He helped start the first International Teaching Artist Conference in 2012 together with Seanse Director Marit Ulvund, which has further led to a year-round organization, ITAC Collaborative. Eric has published seven books, over 40 articles, published Teaching Artist Journal (peer-reviewed academic journal) and consulted on Teaching Artistry with over 40 of the largest arts organizations in the US including 41 years at Lincoln Center, and years with Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and seven of the ten largest orchestras in the United States. Read more about ITAC's history and the International Teaching Artist Conference here.

Karin Augusta Nogva

Karin Augusta Nogva

Visual artist

Nogva is educated at the Bergen College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, with a Master's in Art. She is active on the art scene in various genres such as performing arts, storytelling with paper clips, tea ceremony - an interdisciplinary collaboration with the trio, Noriaki and performative work as Bird Watcher. In the visual arts, she works with drawing and graphics on paper and textile. Thematically, it is nature and the environment that preoccupies her, our consumption and the nature that is put at risk. She is inspired by Japanese craft tradition and has been on study trips to Japan several times.

Nogva has developed several productions at Seanse as a participating artist. She is particularly concerned with the interdisciplinary opportunities Seanse's residence provides and the network it creates. She sees that contemporary artists often work within a common theme, but each art form has its own instrument. Interdisciplinary collaboration in an art production enhances several senses for the audience.

More about her work here

Johannes Joner

Johannes Joner

Actor and art advocate

Johannes Joner is a Norwegian actor, director and screenwriter. Johannes has been employed at Oslo Nye Teater since 1988. Previously, he has worked at, among others, the Nationaltheatret, Torshovteatret, Nordland Teater, Rogaland Teater and the TV theatre. In parallel, he has had significant and high-profile roles in films and TV series. Recently, he is currently in the feature film HAN and as the role of IQ in the popular series Snøfall. Johannes has been a member of the arts council since it was established, where he contributes to help children and young people experience art, as well as attending several seminars at home and abroad. Through Seanse and Volda University College, he has taken the exam as one of the first Teaching artists in Norway. In 2022, he sat on the jury for awarding support to projects in the ITAC IMPACT: Climate initiative.

Irene Rosenblom

Irene Rosenblom

Subject coordinator for The cultural school bag in Trøndelag County Municipality

Irene Rosenblom is subject coordinator for The cultural school bag in Trøndelag county municipality, and has previously been a music producer for school and kindergarten aswell as district musician for the concerts in Nord-Trøndelag county municipality.

For several years, Irene led the county's and municipalities' work with the Vrimmel cultural festival. She has been responsible for annual program screenings, conferences, municipal cooperation, production and programming within cultural heritage, performing arts, film, music, visual art and literature in The Cultural School Bag. Now she is the project manager for the national network arena SPOR in the cultural heritage field in The cultural school bag.

Ellen Saur

Ellen Saur

Professor - Department of Pedagogy and Lifelong Learning NTNU

Ellen works at the intersection between pedagogy, disability theory, counseling and theatre. She is concerned with the critical dimension in knowledge understanding and knowledge development, and in particular how different understandings of quality play out. Art and culture are an important access to knowledge and understanding. She wants to contribute to ensuring that this has a place in upbringing and education in particular, and life in general. The importance of the physical environment for the experience of meaning, inclusion and social interaction is also an area of interest where collaboration with architecture and design environments is important. Theoretically, she often works based on the works of Bakhtin, Winnicott, Foucault and Braidotti, but is also inspired by art and cultural theory taken from Bell Hooks and Petra Kuppers, among others. In her research she uses various qualitative methods, art-based methods and discourse analysis.


odd helge mjellem tonheim

Odd Helge Mjellem Tonheim

Chairman - Principal at the University of Volda

Unni Hagen

Jon Are Steen

Board member - Dean, Department of Cultural Studies at Volda University

Ragnhild Holsvik

Ragnhild Holsvik

Board member - Head of art and culture promotion section at Møre og Romsdal County Municipality

Ragnhild is in the culture department's management group and works with the operation and development of The Cultural School Bag, DKS, Ungdommens Kulturmønstring, networking and grant schemes in MR county.