USF Art Centre, United Sardine Factory, is situated in the centre of Bergen. The cultural multiplicity and rich diversity makes it a unique institution in an international context. The activity in the 12.000m2 house of culture can be divided into two categories:
The public arena: Visningsrommet, a gallery where exhibitions change monthly. Cinemateket, a cinema providing daily programmes. Sardinen, a concert venue providing weekly international jazz concerts and other happenings. Røkeriet, a large concert venue for rock/pop concerts and parties. Scene USF, a black box stage for theatre and dance performances. Kafé Kippers, a café with a good range of food and drinks open all day till late. During the summer months there is a large outdoor restaurant on the pier.
The production arena: A rich and diverse activity of art and cultural production companies and educational establishments. 60 studios where 80 professional fine artists and craft artists work on a daily basis, a guest studio for Visiting Nordic Artists, offices for a diverse range of culture organisations in music, film and literature. Several companies producing and distributing film and media. Five interior architects and furniture designers. Tuition in dance and writing, rehearsal studios for jazz- and rock musicians. Two sound studios and a professional workshop for video productions.
Former use : sardine factory
Surface of the site : 12 000 m²
Location : city centre
Owner of the building : John Sوtre
a art gallery
concert venue for jazz and other happenings.
large concert venue for rock/pop concerts and parties.
black box stage for theatre and dance performances.
café / restaurant
2 residency/production studios :STUDIO 1 (67m2) is for a fine artist (all media) or a craft artist. STUDIO 2 (47m2) is sound insulated for use by authors, composers, etc.
2 accommodation studios
offices for cultural organisations
2 sound studios
music rehearsal studios
video workshop studios
Social and artistic disciplines
Music : residencies, concerts, jazz festival, rehearsal studioes
Visual art : residencies , exhibitions, studioes
Cinema : screenings, film production, animation studioes
Theatre : residencies, shows, rehearsal spaces
Dance : performances, rehearsal spaces, school
Video : production
Literature/ poetry: residencies, school
Architects/ designers: studioes
Shops: art/ craft glass, ceramics, leather work, jewellery
Other structures settled on the site
60 studios for artists
cultural organisations in music, film and literature.
film and media production companies
Five interior architects and furniture designers
City council of Bergen
Norwegian Cultural House Network