Sykkelfabrikken (The Bicycle Factory)
It all started in 1989, when about 14 artists from the district came together to find a
fellow workspace. Several factory buildings had been abandoned, so there were
some to choose from. The choice fell on the old Øglænd bicycle factory which was
really nice and spacious, with central locality in Holbergs gate in Sandnes. There were
a lot to do and the reconstruction of the space took about 2 years before the artists could properly
start to work with their art.
The location got the name " Sykkelfabrikken", and was administrated by Rogaland
Kunstsenter which had a board where there amongst others were seated a
representative from Sandnes municipality. In the beginning there were a secretary, and
funding from the county and municipality.
A lot of exiting things were going on, a multitude of events. Theatre groups, music
groups, seminars, exhibitions and so on. Visiting artists " Artist in residency" could
occupy the 50 square meter size monumental work space. Many exiting artists from
all of Europe worked and had exhibitions there. As time went by the
"Sykkelfabrikken" became known around the country, and abroad.
Stasjon K Artist Studios
In 2002, after 15 good years in
Holbergs gate, the message about demolition of the building came. Then it was time
to start hunting for new locations again. It seemed rather difficult to find something
appropriate at an affordable price. The collaboration with Rogaland Kunstsenter was
over. Then Sandnes municipality came with an offer to take over the old fire station in
Sandnes, which had also been the office locations of the old library. The space had
been empty for a few years, and it also had served as a club for teenagers, so
the first floor had black paint all over. The redecoration included an extensive painting job and
some new walls.
The studio fellowship was called Stasjon K, from the old fire station. It was quite a
change to move from large workshops with high ceilings, to small offices with regular
ceilings. There weren`t space for all, and for some of the artists the rooms were not suitable
to work in, so they had to find something else. But it had good room temperature, and it
was easier to concentrate about the work when all had their own room. Those who
moved in had to somehow adjust their work after the size of the room. Even if it wasn`t
spacheous, there still were produced adornments for public buildings, schools,
kinder gardens, nursing homes and so on. Exhibitions was held, and tours for groups
Some artists moved out and new artists moved in. The most suitable room for
producing larger work is the monumental workshop, one of the old fire engine halls. It
is now administrated by KinoKino for "Artist in residence", and is visited by artists
from several countries. International impulses is important to make a good artist
community. Stasjon K, Kinokino and the teenage club L54 together makes a small
block of culture in Langgata.
In the largest fire engine hall Egil Idsø has his work space. He is a skilled craftsman
that do work by commission from artists, Per Odd Aarrestad amongst others, with his
church adornments made of glass.