Photo: Kristine Agøy Sand

Karen Kviltu Lidal (b. 1979 in Akershus, Norway) lives and works in Fredrikstad and Berlin. She holds a masters degree from Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2008). Solo exhibitions include My Architecture at Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, Bauen Wohnen Denken at Tegnerforbundet in Oslo and The Body and the Map at Moss Art Association. Group shows include Contextile Biennal, Portugal, The Work That Textile Does, Central Musem of Textiles in Lodz, Poland, Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, and SOFT Gallery in Oslo. Lidal has also taken part in several of The Association for Norwegian Crafts juried and curated exhibitions: in North Norwegian Arts Center in Svolvær, Sørlandets kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Turbinhallen in Fredrikstad and in the National Museum in Oslo. Her works are included in the collections of the National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim and KODE Art Museums in Bergen.

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Solo Exhibitions
2026 Galleri Format, Oslo (Upcoming)
2024 Bodyspace, Sandnes kunstforening (Upcoming)
2022 My Architecture, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
Soft City Pieces, Window Box, Galleri Pushwagner, Oslo
2017 Body/City, Rønningen folkehøgskole, Oslo, commission
2016 Improvisert plan, Sofienberg skole, Oslo, commission
2015 Kroppen og kartet, Moss kunstforening
2014 Kyriakon II, SÅ2014 festival, Gran. With Camilla Chmiel
2012 Kyriakon (Relocated Holy Space), SÅ2012 festival, Gran
2010 BAUEN WOHNEN DENKEN, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo. Duo with Ingrid Lønningdal
2008 Verksted: Publication release, Sound of Mu, Oslo. With Runa Carlsen*
2006 Protect Your Property, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo. With Runa Carlsen

Selected Group Exhibitions
2024 Østfold bildende kunstneres vinterutstilling, Halden kulturhus. Juried.* Upcoming
2024 Lian/Connect, TCG Nordica, China, Curated.*
2023 The Christmas Exhibit 23, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
2023 The Annual Crafts Exhibition, The National Museum, Oslo. Juried*
2023 The Work That Textiles Does, Central Museum of Textiles, Poland. Curated by Marta Kowalewska, Jakob Gawkowski and Anne Szefer Karlsen.
2023 Oslo Open, Studio presentation
2022 The Christmas Exhibit 22, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
2022 Contextile, Portugal. Norwegian textile art, Curated by Målfridur Adalsteinsdottir and Cláudia Melo
2022 Lian/Connect, Areopagos sommerfestival, Scandic Fornebu. Curated*
2022 The Hands That Unravel the Sweater, NNKS, Svolvær. Curated by Anne Klontz*
2022 Oslo Open, Studio presentation
2021 The Annual Crafts Exhibition, SKMU, Kristiansand. Juried*
2018 Onyx, Alfa Gallery, Miami, FL
2018 Consciousness, Alfa Gallery, Miami, FL
2018 Velvet Ropes, Galleri Golsa, Oslo
2018 Oslo Open, Studio Exhibit
2017 Det store mjuke øyeblikk på Finnskogen, Jubileumsutstilling for Norske tekstilkunstnere. Juried*
2017 Sense and Sensibility, Studio Exhibit, Oslo Open 
2016 Tegnebiennalen 2016: En kollektiv psykogeografisk guide til Oslo. Curated by Ida Følling, Ottar Karlsen and Eirik Senje
2016 Kunsthåndverk 2016, Hydrogenfabrikken, Fredrikstad. Juried*
2016 Østlandsutstillingen 2016, (16 chosen works), Oppland kunstsenter, Lillehammer. Juried*
2016 Open House: Studio Exhibit, Oslo Open 
2016 Østlandsutstillingen 2016, Akershus kunstnersenter, Lillestrøm. Juried*
2014 Present(ation): Studio Exhibit, Oslo Open
2010 Gentle Actions, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo. Curated by A. K. Jortveit/ Eva Bakkeslett 
2010 Portage: Textiles, Extremes of Scale, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland* 
2010 Kunsthåndverk 2010, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. Juried*
2010 2000 Lillestrøm, Akershus kunstsenter. Curated by Geir Haraldseth*
2010 Tendenser, Galleri F15, Moss. Curated by Knut Astrup Bull
2010 Salong 2010, ROD BIANCOs apartment, Oslo
2010 Squatters Like Us, Podium, Oslo. Curated by Anita Hillestad
2009 Utstillingen09, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. Juried*
2008 9 rom, Akershus kunstsenter, Lillestrøm. With Runa Carlsen*
2008 Hovefestivalen, Arendal
2008 Masterminds, GAD, Oslo. Curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen*
2008 Rykk tilbake til start #5, 0047, Oslo. Curated by Jan Christensen/ Anne Szefer Karlsen
2007 CrossTalking, Christiansand kunstforening. With Manifest 2007. Curated by Aage Langhelle *
2007 Paradise City, Soft, Oslo
2007 Manifest 2007, By the Way, Bergen
2007 Kappeland, Oslo Open outdoor project. With Runa Carlsen*
2007 Manifest 2007, The White Tube, Oslo
2006 Anafylaksi, Galleri Brenneriet, Oslo
2005 Einbahnstrasse, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

*catalogue available

2006-08 MA Visual Art, KHIO: Oslo National Academy of the Arts
2003-06 BA Visual Art, KHIO: Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Textile faculty)
2000-03 BA Art Education, HiO/OsloMet: Oslo University College
1999-00 Art and Drawing, HiO/OsloMet: Oslo University College
      Ex. Phil., UiO: University of Oslo

Kunsthåndverkernes fond, three year grant: 2023 – 2025
Billedkunstnernes vederlagsfond BKV, one year grant: 2022, 2015, 2011
Bildende kunstneres hjelpefond BKH, one year grant: 2021
Statens kunstnerstipend, three year grant:  2016 – 2018
Diversestipend: 2019
Regionale prosjektmidler/ Statens utstillingsstipend: 2023, 2015
Norsk kulturfond, project grant 2023, 2022, 2015
Billedkunstnernes vederlagsfond, project grant 2023, 2022, 2015
Bergesenstiftelsen, project grant 2022

Public Collections
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Nordenfjeldske kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim
KODE Art Museum, Bergen

Layouts, Artist book, 2003 – 2010
Verksted, Project publication, 2008
UKS Forum 1/2007 Evas arkiv, Manifest 2007
Oslo Open 2007 Catalogue contribution, Manifest 2007

Norske Billedkunstnere (NBK+ØBK), Norske tekstilkunstnere (NTK), Norske Kunsthåndverkere (NK), BONO

2023-25 Board Member, Oslo Open
2014 – Teacher in Art and Architecture, Rønningen folkehøgskole, Oslo
2013-14 Assistant Professor, AHO: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design 
2009-13 Art teacher, Grevlingen skole og kultursenter