Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK) is a national organisation for artists working with textiles. NTK currently has about 260 members and is one of 20 organisations under the umbrella of the Association of Norwegian Visual Artists. Since its establishment in 1977, NTK has worked on the political stage, promoting the rights of textile artists, improving their working conditions and earning for them greater recognition in the Norwegian and international contemporary art scene.
From the beginning, NTK has engaged in various forms of public outreach and provided opportunities for its members to participate in art fairs and exhibitions. In 2006 it established SOFT Gallery at Rådhusgaten 20 in Oslo. The gallery’s goal is to present the breadth of contemporary textile art and make it accessible to a wide audience. Ever since it opened, SOFT has been an important institution in the art scene, presenting art by Norwegian and international artists who work in the expanded field of textiles.
Top image: NTK’s tiger logo. Screenshot from Gunvor Nervold Antonsen’s performance «Ode til en vaskeklut, hymne til en tiger» (Ode to a washcloth, hymn to a tiger), 2017. Hear the performance at vimeo.com.