Small Projects began as a nomadic artist initiative in Manila in 2001 involving a small multicultural community of visual artists, political activists, poets, writers, musicians, filmmakers and performance artists, mostly connected to the University of the Philippines. It manifested in many different forms, always making itself relevant to the community surrounding it. From art exhibitions, concerts, performance art to community work such as workshops with street children and fundraising for communities in need of assistance.
Since then it has hosted and organized exhibitions and performances internationally. Small Projects promote works and initiatives which challenge boundaries and promote critical discussion, and provide space for emerging and mid-career artists. Now based in Tromsø, Norway, Small Projects aim to assist locally based artists- including students, by providing them with a venue to exhibit or the opportunity to test works in progress, and by giving them access to experience works by internationally recognized artists and curators. Small Projects also promote locally based artists abroad, and to date, we have exhibited or presented the works of Tromsø based artists in Stockholm during the Supermarket Art Fair, Silverlens Gallery in Singapore, several art spaces and conferences in Manila, Senegal, Fredrikstad, Berlin and Liverpool.
Small Projects organize exhibitions, workshops and events which deal with relevant issues such as the environment, the food crisis, gender issues and the rights of indigenous cultures. In November 2013, just days after the typhoon Haiyan devastated the central part of the Philippine islands, Small Projects organized a fundraising concert with well known musicians such as Mari Boine, BelCanto, Frost, BandaCuito, Marita Isobel Solberg and Blót. The concert drew more than 300 people and raised a significant amount of money that is now helping a fishing community in Bantayan Island.
Small Projects also collaborate with other artist -run initiatives internationally, as well as established institutions and promote artist and knowledge exchange. To date, Small Projects is in partnership with at least 5 international organisations.
Small Projects is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council, the County of Troms and the City of Tromsø. Several of its projects has been supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), and the Norwegian Embassy.
Small Projects is run by the following artists:
Tanya Busse (Canada) - co-director
Calder Harben (Canada)
Robel Temesgen (Ethiopia)
Marion Bouvier (France)
Georgia Munnik (South Africa)
Jet Pascua (Philippines) Founder/ co-director
Rossella Ragazzi (Italy) -Adviser
Joar Nango (Norway) -Adviser