ArtCHAT- A catalyst for social development


ArtCHAT is an initiative started in 2015 by Katie Hagen, a British architect and artist based in Norway. ( /

The focus is on using art as a catalyst for social development, and creating a greater sense of identity, place, cultural awareness, and integration.

ArtCHAT is run on a non-profit basis, and is hosted by Context As – Katie's architecture firm.

ArtCHAT began in 2015 as an initiative helping creative youths growing up in Norway to build a network of like-minded peers. Through close collaboration within the network youths will be able to gain a greater insight into their own work, gain a sense of identity and understanding of place, and a greater understanding of growing up in Norway and Norwegian culture.

As of January 2016 ArtCHAT has offered monthly workshops to groups of teenagers from both the local community and those currently still waiting to be granted asylum.

ArtCHAT also offers independent, self directed artist and architectural residencies for individual or small groups (1-3 people), also hosted by Context