Peripheral Centre (Tromsø, Norway) is a new invitational residency program focusing on mid-career and established artists from the field of art and new technology, photography and performance art.


Our aim is to stimulate research, reflection and international exchange by involving artists from different countries. By offering a platform for national and international artists active in various disciplines, Peripheral Centre wants to facilitate collaborations, co-productions, networking and internationalisation of the artists’ practice. 

Building relationships and enabling the sharing of experience in the field of art & technology, whilst creating an opportunity for artists to collaborate can lead to further professionalisation and a greater visibility.

Peripheral Centre wants to enhance a dialogue with the Tromsø audience by artist talks, an informal artistic presentation and a ’Peripatetic Walk’ through town meeting local cultural actors and creators (Hålogaland Teater, 70N architects, Art Academy, RadArt, Kurant, Small Projects, Kunstforeningen’ ...).

Within the framework of this residency, a seminar with international guests and keynote speakers will be programmed in May 2015 to guarantee the input of knowhow by specialists, artists and researchers, to network and to share experiences.

What we offer

Guests will be invited for 1 to 2 weeks in the 80 m2 studio with guestroom and sauna, situated in a green area on top of Tromsø island in the north of Norway, at 10 minutes distance from the airport and the city centre.

A continuity of three Studio-residencies each year, ‘ad hoc’ Guestroom-residencies and Project-residencies aims to establish fruitful results and recognition embedding the Peripheral Centre in the field of international collaborations.

Peripheral Centre strives to seek and develop connections and exchanges with similar artists residencies abroad.


Tromsø is the largest urban area in Northern Norway, and the second largest north of the Arctic Circle in Sápmi (following Murmansk). Most of Tromsø, including the city centre, is located on the island of Tromsøya in the county of Troms, 350 kilometres (217 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Substantial parts of the urban a rea are also situated on the mainland to the east, and on parts of Kvaløya—a large island to the west. Tromsøya is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø Bridge and the Tromsøysund Tunnel, and to the island of Kvaløya by the Sandnessund Bridge. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.

The city centre of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway, the oldest house dating from 1789. The Arctic Cathedral, a modern church from 1965, is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø. The city is a cultural centre for its region, with a rich cultural life and many festivals all year long.


Who is who

Lawrence Malstaf

The work of Lawrence Malstaf (°1972, Bruges, Belgium) is situated on the borderline between the visual and the theatrical. He develops installation and performance art with a strong focus on movement, coincidence, order and chaos, and immersive sensorial rooms for individual visitors. He also creates larger mobile environments dealing with space and orientation, often using the visitor as a co-actor. His projects involve advanced technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.

Lawrence Malstaf has received several international awards in the field of art and new technology. He is also well known as an innovative scenographer in the dance and theater world.

He currently lives and works in Tromsø (Norway) and exhibits internationally.

Liv Hanne Haugen

Liv Hanne Haugen, (1968) danceartist, choreographer, producer, lives and work in Tromsø NO. Education from Arts Educational Schools, London UK, London Contemporary Dance School UK and School for New Dance Development , Amsterdam NL and the academy for writers - University in Tromsø 2010-2011. Worked and lived in Brussels BE between 1992 - 2009. Worked for a.o. Wim Vandekeybus / Ultima Vez, Pierre Droulers, Bert van Gorp besides developing her own work with a.o. Anja Kowalski, Frederik Croene, Lawrence Malstaf and Vincent Malstaf. 

In 2009 she moved back to hometown Tromsø NO and continued the work with Haugen Productions (HP) that she runs with her sister Anne Katrine Haugen. Has been developing her own work since 1996 and toured extensively nationally. Her Norwegian collaborators include the well known sami-singer Mari Boine, poets, musicians, visual artists. Work created under HP includes Søstre 2003, LAG 2006, Jesus said... 2008, Frames for Nostalgia 2009, Nordområdebevegelsen 2011, TYGG! 2013, Søstre 11 år etter 2014. 

Her  work is rooted in movement and dance and goes in dialog with music, perfomance art, visual art, poetry. Voicework, improvisation, border lines of different expressions; Her work is driven by a curiosity to explore form and content living at a given moment. The North-Norwegian impressive nature gives the neccessary stability to be on the move. She was one of the initiators of the artist connective: Les Bains in Brussels, and RadArt - Network for performance art in Tromsø. Teaches weekly improvisation classes in Peripheral Centre. Has received a 3 year Norwegian art grant - twice.  

Ischa Tallieu

Ischa Tallieu (°1972, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium) holds a Master in Art History and a Post-Graduate Specialisation in Theatre Studies.

Fired by a passion Ischa Tallieu consolidated during 17 years the program of Galerie Fortlaan 17 (Gent, B) and she built upon its achievements. She earned with this promotion gallery a position in the contemporary arts world thanks to high-profile exhibitions, projects, publications, involvement in international art fairs, performances, debates and lectures while seeking to promote the works of a selection of professional artists. A distinguishing feature of the program has been its multidisciplinary approach. After closing the exhibition-space in Gent in April 2014, her primary focus lies now in promotion, advice, collections management, project management, research and curatorial projects.

Ischa Tallieu will coördinate the residency at Pheriphal Centre to guarantee a follow-up on a daily basis. Her ambition is to develop contacts with international artists and residencies alike in order to develop a network in dialogue with Lawrence Malstaf and Liv Hanne Haugen.

Supported by

Kulturnaeringstiftelsen, Sparebank 1
INTRO fondet