Kari Ann Lending (b. 1993 Stavanger, NO) is a multidisciplinary artist born in Rogaland, Norway. She is studying for her BFA at Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, and is currently based in Reykjavik for one semester. She has a background in dance and choreography alongside the visual arts. She studied dance and choreography at Lundehaugen/Vågen Sandnes (2010-2013), art history and French in Paris through Gateway College (2014), and has a two year education in visual art from the Art School in Rogaland (2014-2016). 

Between 2017 – 2018 Lending worked as choreographer, and collaborated with director Viktorija R. Davies, conductor Liv Hugstmyr Særheim and the VIVA-choir in the production of the Disney Show (2017) in Sandnes Kulturskole and in the choir’s 50th anniversary show Reverse & Reunion (2018). The VIVA-choir is well recognized both nationally and internationally. Reverse & Reunion was shown in Sandnes Kulturhus, and the production included around 200 performers. Kari Ann was project manager and choreographer (2012-13) for the shows Be Love and Everything in its own time, shown in Frøyland Orstad Church, Norway. Lending has not gone from dance to fine arts. Rather she is exploring content from different angles; rehearsing dance and developing an understanding of dance, movement and choreography by bringing it into different contexts. 

In 2018 Lending founded Studio K in Kvernaland, Norway. This is an artist run project and gallery space, aiming to create an environment in which different people and practices can meet, communicate and connect. Kari Ann has also held workshops and lectures in Intro Academy (2017) and Hillsong Academy (2018) in Stavanger, and in Studio K (2018). She has exhibited at Tou Scene, Rogaland Art Center, Galleri KiT, Studio K, among others.

EDUCATION
2019  University of the Arts, BFA2, Reykjavik, Iceland
2018  Academy of Fine Art, BFA2, Helsinki, Finland
2017 –  Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, NTNU, Trondheim
2018 – 2017 Intro Academy, Communication, Creative thinking and Project management, Stavanger
2014 – 2016  Visual Arts, Rogaland School of Fine Arts (Kunstskolen i Rogaland), Stavanger
2014  Art history and French, Gateway College, Paris, France
2013  Course in oil painting, Tor Olaf Lunde, Bryne
2010 – 2013  Dance and Choreography, Lundehaugen/Vågen Sandnes
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  The Choreography of Landscape painting, Studio K, Kvernaland
2017  Traces of Movement, ØST – Tou Scene, Stavanger
2017  Flowing streams, Bluebird Kaffebar, Stavanger
2016  For the sake of the heart, BÅDEOG, Sandnes
GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019  Open Studio Exhibition, Iceland University of Fine Arts, Reykjavik,Iceland
2019  Remember, Laugardalur Swimming Pool, Reykjavík, Iceland
2018  Ex X Ex, Tasku Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2018  Constructed Space, Tasku Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2018  Soft Art, textile exhibition, Studio K, Kvernaland
2018  SÅFEST, art and music festival, Åmot
2018  Stay another day, Galleri KiT, Trondheim
2018  Heart Fest, art and music festival, Bergen
2018  II<<0>>II , Galleri KiT, Trondheim
2017  That Poetry, Galleri KiT, Trondheim
2017  Munkehagen-festival, Stavanger
2017  Heart Fest, art and music festival, Bergen
2016  Brutalt Taco, Tou Scene, Stavanger
2015  Juicy, Rogaland School of Fine Arts, Stavanger
2014  Installation, Rogaland Art Center, Stavanger

COMMISSIONS
2019  Workshop, Den Kulturelle Spaserstokken, Time Municipality, Norway
2018 
Choreographer for the 50th anniversary-show for the VIVA choir, Reverse and Reunion, Sandnes Kulturhus
2018  Workshop and lecture Introduction to art, with emphasis on painting, Hillsong Academy, Stavanger
2017   Embellishment, Viben Yoga studio, Forum Jæren
2017   Choreographer for the VIVA choir’s Disney Show, Sandnes Kulturskole, Sandnes
2017  Workshop and lecture Introduction to art, with emphasis on painting, Intro Academy, Stavanger
2016  Video with text for Intro’s Christmas Show, collaboration, Sandnes Kulturhus, Sandnes
2015  Flytt bar, embellishment/interactive space, Rogaland School of Fine Arts, collaboration w/Millard Paulsé and Håvard Sagen
OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

2018  Founder of Studio K; studio, project- and gallery space, Time Municipality, Norway
2018  Art Therapy Life Coach and Art Therapy for Healing, Happiness &amp; Stress Reduction certified courses, Udemy
2018  Held workshops and lectures Introduction to art, with emphasis on painting, Studio K, Time Kommune
2018  Performance Checked not Checked, collaboration, Litteraturhuset Trondheim
2013  Project manager and choreographer, dance show En tid for alt, Frøyland/Orstad Church, Rogaland
2012  Project manager and choreographer, dance show Vær kjærlighet, Frøyland/Orstad Church, Rogaland

PRESS
2018  Studio K, Jærbladet, 24.09.18, p.27, Konsert på Studio K på Kvernaland,  by Jorunn Erga Steinsland
2018  Sirdalmagasinet, 4th issue p. 20-21, Skaper kunst på lag med naturen, by Bethi Dirdal
2018  Jærbladet, 24.08.18, Ny utstilling I Studio K, by Jorunn Erga Steinsland
2018  Studio K, Jærbladet 02.08.18, Dan Skjæveland til Studio K, by Jorunn Erga Steinsland
2018  Jærbladet, (paper) 22.06.2018, page 16/(internett) 20.06.18, page 23-38: Kari Ann satsar på kunstdraumen,
by Jorunn Erga Steinsland
2014  TV Vest, interview about installation exhibition Rogaland Kunstsenter
GRANTS
2018  Time Kommune Project grant
2018  Project support/grant, Viben Yoga and Troll AS, Forum Jæren, Bryne
2016  Trafo (The Nordic region’s largest social network for young artists) Project grant