For those seeking the Norwegian capital’s vibrant art scene, Tjuvholmen  is a natural stop. While walking through the high-end neighbourhood, which is dotted with galleries and museums of all sizes, you would be lucky to bump into Galleri Semmingsen and the sprightly woman who has been running it since 1999. “I talk a lot. Some galleries think it’s cool to be quiet, but I firmly believe in communicating my passion for art. For a long time, I wanted to be an artist myself, but the more knowledge I acquired the more I realised what sacrifices that lifestyle involves. It might sound old-school, but being an artist really is a sacrifice,” says Astrid Hilde Semmingsen.

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