A meeting place for patriots
Common to these enthusiasts who will manage this year's edition is the desire to help Mosjøen to be a living community with events that bring life and joy to the city.
The art festival should not only be a meeting place for resident and visiting artists, but also a meeting place for the people of Mosjøen, tourists and others who want to experience a city that has a lot to offer.
The common denominator of the board of the Galleria Art Festival is city patriotism, or said in a different way - an event of Helgeland located in Mosjøen.
The entire community mobilizes to develop "Norway's Longest Art Gallery".
A number of organizations in Mosjøen have joined forces to establish Galleria AS, an ideal limited company that will run the art festival with the same name. The initiative comes from the festival entrepreneur Stig Ove Sivertsen. Currently, Sjøgatas Vel, Mosjøen Kunstforening, Vefsn Museum, Vefsn museum lokal-historielag and Kulturverkstedet has made a decision to join the Galleria organization.
The festival was known as the "art festival without filter" where everyone who had something to show was welcome. It was hosted for the first time in 2006. Since then, the festival has been a regular feature during the summer in Mosjøen, where exhibitions have filled traditional and untraditional premises from south to north in Sjøgata. This was how "Norway's Longest Art Gallery" was created.
Today, the festival is a mix of art fair, where everyone who wants to participate can, and exhibitions with invited artists. It will continue to be an arena for the diversity of visual expressions, including the imparting of impulses from the international art world.
Silje Mari Bergsnev
Adviser in studiesenteret RKK Mosjøen and chairman i Galleria AS
Project leader "Ut i Øyan" and manager of Galleria AS
"Før jeg flyttet tilbake til Mosjøen måtte jeg alltid heim for å få med meg stemninga under Galleria."
Agricultural and environmental protection manager in Alstahaug municipality
"Siden jeg er bosatt i Leirfjord og arbeider i Alstahaug ser jeg Galleria først og fremst i et helgelandsperspektiv. Jeg er glad for at jeg får anledning til å være på å utvikle kunstfestivalen i Mosjøen videre. Nord-Norge og resten av landet skal se hva vi driver med.."
Katrine Remmen Wiken
Dissemination leader in Vefsn museum
"Med min kunsthistoriske bakgrunn er jeg glad for å være med på å vise fram kunst i byen vår."
Dissemination manager in Helgeland museum
"Min erfaring fra styrearbeid og næringsliv tror jeg vil være et positivt bidrag i denne sammenheng."