Last Friday evening, with welcoming speeches by Major of Sør-Varanger Rune Rafaelsen, Grant programme coordinator at the Barents Secretariat Margarethe Alnes and Irina Møllersen from SpareBank1 Nord-Norge, Terminal B was officially opened by the Head of Culture for the Finnmark Fylkeskommune, Stine Qvigstad Jenvin.
Terminal B is Pikene på Broen’s new project room in the centre of Kirkenes and is the new Barents hub for genre and border crossing art projects. A place where both establishing and experienced artists can share their interests in the High North with art connoisseurs, an engaged local public as well as visitors and tourists to the Arctic. It is a point of departure for exploration of the Barents borderland in transition – and for discovery of alternative solutions to existing conventions. It is a gateway into and out from the Barents region – showcasing exceptional homegrown productions.
We are glad to have a showroom, a project room for contemporary art in Kirkenes. Now it is time – after so many years – to be able to show contemporary art and contemporary processes on a permanent basis, not just during the Barents Spectakel festival week. Being able to be more present and visible locally as well, and not only internationally. We will be careful to take care of both our local and international presence.
– Luba Kuzovnikova