Small Projects began as a nomadic artist initiative in Manila in 2001 involving a small multicultural community of visual artists, political activists, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and performance artists, mostly connected to the University of the Philippines. It manifested in many different forms, always making itself relevant to the community surrounding it. From art exhibitions, concerts, performance art to community work such as workshops with street children and fundraising for communities in need of assistance. Now based in Tromsø, Norway SP has hosted and organized exhibitions workshops, lectures and performances locally and internationally. Small Projects promote works and initiatives which challenge boundaries and promote critical discussion, and provide space for emerging and mid-career artists. Small Projects also promote locally based artists abroad, and to date, we have exhibited or presented the works of Tromsø based artists in Stockholm during the Supermarket Art Fair, Silverlens Gallery in Singapore, several art spaces and conferences in Manila, Senegal, Fredrikstad, Berlin and Liverpool. Small Projects organize exhibitions, workshops and events which deal with relevant issues such as the environment, the food crisis, border politics, gender issues, the rights of indigenous cultures and human rights in general. Small Projects also collaborate with other artist -run initiatives as well as established institutions and promote artist and knowledge exchange. Small Projects is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council, the County of Troms and the City of Tromsø. Several of its projects has been supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), and the Norwegian Embassy.
Small Projects is an artist-run initiative located in the city of Tromsø. It began as a nomadic art and community project in Manila, The Philippines, involving a group of artists, filmmakers, writers, poets and activists from the University of the Philippines. Now relocated to Tromsø since 2011, it has consistently exhibited more women than men, representing more than 40 countries. We acknowledge that we are on Sámi territory, provide an inclusive environment, support and encourage diversity of form, practice and conception. Small Projects is housed in an award-winning building owned by the Norwegian Sami Reindeer Herding Association and it aims to be a leader in the dissemination of experimental and contemporary artistic practice in Tromsø and the Norwegian Arctic Circle.
To be a leader in the dissemination of experimental and contemporary artistic practice in Tromsø and the Norwegian Arctic Circle.
1.Acknowledge that we are on Sámi territory.
2.Create and support a program of the best contemporary and experimental art.
3.Support and encourage diversity of form, practice and conception.
4.Provide an environment inclusive of culturally diverse groups.
5.Actively attract significant talent to the region while also supporting, developing and promoting the talent that exists locally.
Small Projects is founded by artist Jet Pascua and we are generously supported by the Norske Reindriftsamers Landsforbund (NRL) or the Norwegian Reindeer herding Association. Our participation in international art fairs is supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).