Founded by architect Ben Wenhou Yu and designer Yilei Wang in Bergen, Norway, Northing is a multi-functional organization with a focus on publication, design, cultural events and communication. Based in Bergen, Norway and with an Asian cultural background, Northing is dedicated to promoting Norwegian culture among artists and designers to China and the other way round.
Initiated with the common interest and passion for books, most of Northing’s projects started or inspired by books, as reflected in the title of their project series: China meets Norway in a bookshelf. But they always manage to expand their activities from the books into other fields and areas, owing to their various educational and professional backgrounds, like the children’s concert, which is adapted from a Norwegian picture book, they developed together with a Chinese orchestra group. For Northing book is not just a container of knowledge and information, but a bridge to connect different cultures and people. Through their practice as a cultural organization, it became also clear to them the bridge function that lies in their own core value, as to connect different cultures - Norwegian and Chinese, independent and mainstream, and to connect different branches - publication, design, education, architecture, art, music and performance, etc.
Recently Northing has also started it’s own publisher in Norway, with a name Kinakaal Forlag, which means Chinese cabbage in Norwegian. Kinakaal Forlag will continue Northing’s dream and ambition in books and publication.
WENSI ZHAI (Our new member in Finland) is a graphic and illustration artist and curator. She got two Master’s degrees from CAFA and Aalto University. Her works have been invited to group exhibition in UK, Japan, Germany, Finland, Estonia. She has been the co-founder of Shanghai Children’s Picture Book Research Center since 2018, and organise various illustration event internationally. She has hold illustration workshops and lectures in CAFA and RAM museum in China. Her work won the awards of ‘Best of the best’ in Hiii brand international illustration competition, and Shenzhen illustration biennale 2017.
Northing / Bergen