BGE Contemporary Art was first established in the spring of 2014, by Stavanger based entrepreneur and property developer Eli Ertvaag, together with Kim Brandstrup and Marit Gillespie, owners of Galleri Brandstrup in Oslo. Initially the gallery largely focused on commissioned and site specific art work, in addition to showing occasional exhibitions by in-stall artists at the gallery, located at Tollboden in Stavanger.

In November 2017 BGE Contemporary Art opened the doors to our newly built gallery space in the Stavanger city center. The new gallery space is over 600 square meters, located over two floors, and was designed by architect Hans-Olav Hansen in RAMP architects, a unique addition to the regions art scene.

BGE Contemporary Art is dedicated to working with a high profiled stable of artists on a project-to-project basis. Our represented artists are selected with conviction, as renowned international and Scandinavian artists, as well as younger up-and-coming artists, based on their visual and conceptual expression.  The Gallery shows monthly exhibitions, in addition to our PrintLab, solely dedicated to exclusive prints, our beautiful outdoor sculpture park, and a little book shop.


Håkon Bleken
Skyen, 2021


Kim Brandstrup

Kim Brandstrup has been director and co-founder of Galleri Brandstrup for the last thirty years, and has developed an expertise within the field of international and Scandinavian contemporary art. Brandstrup works with maintaining relationships with more established and mid carrier artists. He has worked with numerous site spesific commissions, as well as being advisor for several significant collections, counseling for both private and public collectors.

Eli Lilleeng Ertvaag

Stavanger based Eli Lilleeng Ertvaag is the director and organizer of exhibitions for BGE Contemporary Art. She has completed an education in Business Administration, with a bachelor degree in Marketing Management and Internationalization and a Master of Management (Handelshøyskolen BI). Ertvaag has worked as project manager for Innovation Norway for two years, the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. She also works with property development, as owner and consultant.

Marit Gillespie

Marit Gillespie has been director and co-founder of Galleri Brandstrup for three decades.  She works closely with private collectors or organisations on the development of their art collections. Gillespie has a long time experience with organizing museums exhibitions for represented artists. She is also specialized in site-specific projects, working with clients such as NSB, Price Water House Coopers, Terra Gruppen and Rom Eiendom amongst many others. She is involved in discovering new artists with innovative and orginal perspectives.

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