Roddy Bell

Born: 04.08.1951

Private address: Jarlsborgveien 44, 0379 Oslo Tlf: 92614995

e-mail address: roderick@online.no

internett: www.roddybell.net

Roddy Bell is British, born in Burma in 1951 and has been resident in Norway since 1978 .Works with: sculpture, drawing, prints, installation, sound and texts.Member of: Norsk billedkunstner, Society of Norwegian Sculptors, Tegneforbundet.


Professor emeritus  (drawing and form,) Institute for Landscape Architecture, UMB, Ås



Colchester School of Art, Essex, England, 1969-71.

Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland 1971-74.

Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1975-76.

Guest student with Vestlandets Kunstakademi in Bergen 1977-78


One person shows and site-specific interventions:


“More Imaginary Science, at Oslo Prosjektrom”. Installation “Stuart and the Daimonion – 2”


“The Effect is the Shadow of the Cause” + “Stuart and the Daimonion”. Trondhjems Kunstforening. 12 installations for camera

and large sound and voice installation .


“A Voice Visitation” (with Sean Bell), Munch Atelier, Oslo. A site specific installation/performance with song, projection and sound based on 6 minutes of Munch´s own film material from 1927


“Under a White Animality”, Oslo Kunstforening


“The Long Silence”, site specific temporary public art work at Falstad Centre, N. Trøndelag as part of Falstad Kunst, 2009.


“The Book of Imaginary Science”, intervention at Oxford University, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, UK.

“Breath Mirror”, (with graduates from Kent University), Kaleidoscope Gallery, Kaleidoscope Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent UK


“Tales From Between” Galleri Schnauzer, Oslo


“Slight Credulities” (with Kurt Johannessen), Royal Society of British Sculptors, RBS Gallery

London U.K.


“LUMINARY” Galleri 21, Malmø, Sweden 2003




“A Visitance of Air (1) Beachy head, (2) The Whispering Room” Trans-Art, Trondheim, Norway


“Semblance”, Galleri RAM, Oslo Norway


“Khronos Visitas”, -project for Bergen European city of culture, 2000.

5 sight specific sworks related to the city landscape as a reflection on different aspects of time.


“Somnia” – “Visitations”, U.S.F. Visningsrom, Bergen Norway


“Birds In an Age of Reason “, Bergen Kunstforening and Drammen Kunstforening, Norway


“Faustisch Sichten”, ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany



Galleri Norske Grafikere, Oslo Norway


Galleri BKF, Stavanger Norway

“Sidelines” (with Kurt Johannessen), Kulturhuset USF, Bergen Norway


Bergen Kunstforening, Norway


Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo Norway

Galleri Sct.Agnes, Roskilde, Denmark


Galleri 1, Bergen Norway


Galleri 1, Bergen Norway1979.


Group or collective exhibitions:

2017: “More Voice Visitations”, sound performance with Sean Bell at PAN open, Bergen.

2015 “This is not a forest”, performance (sammen med Sean Bell), ved Performance Art Bergen OPEN 2015, Bergen Gamle Kretsfengsel.

2015: NOoSPHERE Anniversary, NOoSPHERE Arts, New York

2013: “Clichè verre reloaded”, atelier fur Radierung, Spinnerei, Leipzig (G), prints.

2013: Performance Art Bergen Open, performative video installation.

2013: “Some Small Sculptures” installation at Vigeland Museum, Oslo, as part of the 7th Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2013.

2012: “Walking the quad”- Tegning som ytring – Tegnebiennalen 2012 , Oslo.

2011-2012 “Babel Microphone” installation at Vigeland Museum, Oslo, as part of the 6th Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2011.

2011 “The Crossing”- a performative video installation at Tøyen Park, Oslo as part of the (Dis)placement exhibition, Norwegian sculptors union

2010 “An Das Gerat”, Halle 14 Leipzig and ACC Galerie, Weimar

2008:“Unstern. Sinistre. Disastro (Visionen zeitgenössischer Kunstler)”. ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany

2008-2010: “Trash Art- Found Objects. Recycling The Looking Glass”, Oslo, Haugesund, Risør, Moss, Stavanger Kunstforeningene. Norwegian Association of Art Societies

2007: KONTRA – Finnish- Norwegian Sculpture Exhibition, Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute`s Gallery Oslo

2005: Volum 6X6, Glasgow Art Fair extension

2003: Norwegian Sculpturebiennale, (curator Dorthe Abelgaard) Vigelandsmuseum, Oslo, Norway

2001: “Ad-Lib” Trans -art, Trondheim Norway 2001

2000: ”Drawing exhibition 2000”, Vestfold Kunstnersenter, Haugar and Fossekleiva Galleri, Berger, Norway

2000: “Skulptur 2000”, Oslo Kunstforening, Norway

1999: Norwegian Sculpture Biennale, (curator Lars Niitve) –Stenersensmuseét, Oslo, Norway

1997: “22 Konstnarer frän Oslo”, Galleri 54, Gøteborg, Sweden

1997: “The Saving Angel”, A.C.C. Galerie, Weimar, Germany

1997: 13th International Biennal of Small Plastic 1997, Galerija Murska Sobota, Slovenia and Mueums für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany

1996: Norwegian art in Slovenia, Galleri Petra Michala Bohuna, Bratislava

1996: Small picture Biennale , Stavanger kunstforening, Norway

1996: Norwegian sculptors association Jubilleum exhibition Oslo, Norway :

1996: “Sculpture and drawing”, -Tegneforbund. Henie-Onstads Kunstsenter. Norway

1996: “Brudd- Tredimensjonale utsagn med utspring fra Vestlandet,- Bergens Kunstforening Norway

1994: “Oktett”, Solberg Spinneri, Drammen, Norway

1993: “Jeune Peinture”, Grand Palais, Paris, Frankrike

1993: Summer exhibition in Seljord kunstforening, Norway

1993: III European Cultural Workshop, Schloss Ettersburg, Weimar,Germany

1992: “Jeune Peinture”, Grand Palais, Paris, Frankrike

1992: “Jeune Peinture en Hong Kong”, Sao Pao Gallery, Hong Kong .

1992: “Norsk Skulptur”, Seljord, Norway .

1992: Galleri Roenland, Jevnaker, Norway

1991: “Jeune Peinture”, Grand Palais, Paris, Frankrike

1990: “Interprint”´90”, Lviv, USSR,

1990: “Bergen utstilling”, Hå Prestegård Norway

1990: “Le Génie de la Bastille”, Paris, Frankrike

1989: P.T. exhibition, Tistrup, Denmark

1989:“Kontrasjær”, Norsk Billedhuggerforening, Akershus Festning, Oslo

1988: Bergen Kunstforenings Jubileumsutstilling,

1988: “Gruve-88”, installation and performance, Stalheim .

1985: “Works from Tuscania 2”, Tuscania, Italia

1985: Bedehusutstillingen, Hausmansgt. Oslo

1984: The Eight Int. Print Biennale, Bradford, England

1984: “Works from Tuscania 1”, Tuscania, Italy and Kulturhuset in Odense, Denmark

1983: The Sixth Cleveland (UK) Int. Drawing Biennale, England

1983: “Grafikk som utsmykking”, Galleri F 15, Moss

1982: “Kunst aus Bergen und Malmø”, Lübeck Museum, Germany .

1981: “7 tilfeldige i Bergen”, Bergen Kunstforening, Christiansands Kunstfoening, Trondheims

Kunstforening, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.

1981: “5 Grafikere fra Bergen”, Bryggens Museum, Bergen

Autumn exhibition, Kunstnershus: Oslo 1979,-81,-86,-87,-88,-90,-91,-96 07

West Norway Exhibition: 1979,-81,-83,-85,-86.-87,-88,-89,-90,-99


Works purchased by the following collections:

Norwegian board of culture (prints 1979 and 1982.)

Norwegian board of culture (sculpture, 1982).

Norwegian State collection, (prints, 1986 and 1987).

Norwegian State collection ( sculpture, 1982).

Bergen Billedgalleri, (N)(drawing 1983 and 1985)

Bergen Billedgalleri, (N)(installasjon 1986.)

Bergen Council, (N.) (prints,) 1984).

Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, (N) (drawing, 1990.)

Rogaland County, (N) (prints 1993)

Drammen Kunstforening, (N) -the permanent collection, (sculpture 1995)


Public commissions:

Åstveit hospital, Bergen, 1983, (work in hand-made paper)

Gullfaks A oilplatform, north sea, 1986, painting in tempera on wood,

Bergen tax office, 1988, sculpture, drawing and print.

Sogn college of further education, Sogndal, (N) 1989, sculpture

Gullfaks B- and C- oilplatform North sea, prints 1988 and 89.

Stavanger Central hospital,(N) print, 1989.

Bergen airport, print, (N)1989.

“Draugen” Oilplatform, Norwegian Shell, North Sea – gymnasian mural 1992.

Sevenoaks Kalaedoscope project, -Sevenoaks public library, Kent county Museum and Gallery 2006

“The Long Silence”, site specific temporary public art work at Falstad Centre, N. Trøndelag as part of Falstad Kunst, 2009.


Stipends /grants:

Statens Vikarstipend (Kr.20.000,-) 1983.

Statens Etableringstipend (Kr.15.000,-) 1985

Statens Reisestipend (Kr.30,000,-) 1986.

Billedkunstnernes Hjelpefond (Kr.15.000,-) 1987.

Hordaland Fylke Kunstnerstipend (Kr.15.000,-) 1988.

Norske Grafikere, “Per og Kari stipend” (Kr.20.000,-) 1989.

NBK Vederlagsfondet (Kr.60.000,-) 1990.

NBK Vederlagsfondet (Kr. 60.000,-) 1991.

Oslo Kommunes Kulturstipend (Kr 15.000,-) 1992

Ingrid Lindbäck Langgaards Fond, reisestipend (Kr 25.000,-) 1992

Statens Reisestipend (Kr. 35.000,-) 1993

Statens 3 årige arbeidstipend 1994

NBK Vederlagsfondet (Kr.100.000,-) 1997

Kulturrådets Utstillingstipend (Kr.30.000,-) 1999

NBK Vederlagsfondet (Kr.100.000,-) 2000

NBK vederlagsfondet (Kr.50.000,-) 2001

Statens Garanti Inntekt fra 2002

Office for Contemporary art, Norway exhibition support (Kr.5000,-) 2002

Kulturråds fund for art and new technology (Kr.30000) 2003

Billedkunstnerens prosjektstøtte (Kr.25000,-) 2003.

Office for Contemporary art, Norway, exhibition support (Kr.6000,-) 2004

Ingrid lindbäck Langaards fond, stipend Kr30.000,-) 2004

Kulturråds fund for art and new technology (Kr.40000) 2006

Norsk ilustrasjonsfond Prosjketstøtte (Kr.30.000,- ) 2009

Ingrid lindbäck Langaards fond, stipend Kr. 60.000,-) 2010

Norsk kulturråds prosjektstøtte (Kr.45.000;-) 2010

Norsk kulturråds prosjekstøtte (Kr.25.000,-) 2011

Ingrid lindbäck Langaards fond, stipend Kr 50.000,-) 2012

Kulturråds fund for art and new technology (Kr.80.000) 2015

Oslo Kommune kulturetaten (Kr15.000) 2016

Norsk Kulturråd project support (Kr. 25.000,-) 2017

Billedkunstners hjelpefond exhibition support (Kr.30.000,- ) 2017

Ingrid lindbäck Langaards fond, stipend Kr 70.000,-) 2018


Art teaching and other activities:

Head of printmaking dept.,Vestlandets Kunstakademi, Bergen (N)1981-85.

Lecturer in form, Statens høgskole for kunsthåndverk og design (SHKD), Bergen (N) 1990 – 1993

Lecturer with Mølla Kunstskole, Moss (N) 1994-97

Professor with the Institute for landscape architecture, University of life science, Ås, Norway

from 2002 – 2014

NTNU, Fakultet for arkitektur og billedkunst. Professorisk sakkyndig komitte 2015



Guest teaching with:

Kunstakademiet i Trondheim, (N) 1986,-87,-89.

Statens høgskole for kunsthåndverk og design(SHKD),Bergen 1988,-89,-90,-95,-96,-97.

Kunstskolen i Rogaland, Stavanger 1989.

Brighton Polytechnic, School of Sculpture, 1988 (lecture only).

Kunsthøyskolen i Bergen, (Institutt for fellesfag)1995, ´96, ´97, og 98

Sculpture dept., Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo 1995, 1997 og 1998

Sculpture dept., The Ruskin School, University of Oxford, 1998 and 2004

M.A. sensor for Institut for Fotografi, Kunsthøyskolen i Bergen (N)

1997 og 1998.


Art consultancy, public art programmes:

Bergen Musikkonservatorium, 1987-89

Norwegian Broadcasting, Hordaland, Bergen 1990-91

Rena District High school. (N) 1994-95

Bergen Kommunes internationale sculpture Project 1991-92

Jurymember for sculpture, Vestlandsutstilling 1987-89

Jurymemember for The National Jury, 1990-91

Residency with the Scandinavian Institute for artists in Rome, nov-dec 1984 and June 1993

Residency with I.L. Langaards stiftelsen studio at Cite`Internationale des Arts,

Paris Aug.-Dec. 1993

2015 Guest speaker at  «Climbing Invisible Structures. Ritualised Disciplinary Practices in Social Life» 1-3 October 2015, Vilnius Academy of Arts Nida Art Colony, Nida, Latvia.

Residency with Scandinaviske Forening in Rome, March 2018