Tegnerforbundet (TF) - Center for Drawing Art is centrally located in Kvadraturen in Oslo. We work to show the breadth of drawing art and to promote the discourse around drawing as an art form. Our vision is to be Norway's foremost communicator and champion of drawing art.
Our premises in Rådhusgata 17 house a large and modern gallery where four to five exhibitions are shown each year. We also organize educational projects and events focusing on drawing for young and old, professionals and drawing enthusiasts, as well as those who want to become one. The premises also include a sales department with selected drawings by TF members. The sales department has its own online shop.
TF is also the publisher of NUMER, Norway's only journal for drawing, illustration and book art. NUMER is published three times a year and is sent to subscribers in Norway and abroad. The magazine is free for TF members, and interested parties can buy NUMER in TF's gallery and online shop, as well as at a number of museums, various bookstores and galleries. NUMER's digital platform numermagasin.no offers reviews, interviews, artist portraits and the latest news in the field of drawing nationally and internationally.
Since 2002, TF has organized Tegnebiennalen, an arena for the display and dissemination of contemporary drawing art at an international level. In 2016, the Drawing Biennial was transformed into a Drawing Triennial. The Triennial takes place in TF's gallery, in collaborative institutions from within and outside the field of art and culture, as well as in the urban space. Over the years, the event has developed into an important event in the art field in Norway, with great attention in the Norwegian and international press, involvement in the national art community, and not least a lot of enthusiasm among audiences of all ages.
Professional practitioners with a focus on drawing can organize themselves in Tegnerforbundet by applying for membership. TF is a member of Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK) and TF's board works together with NBK to improve members' conditions and rights. As of today, TF has approximately 550 members.
Tegnerforbundet is part of the network collaboration Kunst i Kvadraturen (KiK) and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Equality, the Norwegian Illustration Fund and the City of Oslo.
Find out more about the history of Tegnerforbundet.