Eirik Jarl Trondsen, a former Fellow in a Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an international artist based at Sjøholmen Art Centre, Sandvika, Norway. He was born in Oslo, Norway. Eirik has substantial development aid and entrepreneurial experience. He is a board member and founder of Art for Change Foundation, supporting initiatives in East Africa, and beyond. Eirik co-founded Nagenda International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD), and the Africa Institute of Design and Technology (AIDT) which is now under construction in Masaka, Uganda. He is the founder of Kibera Kids Club, Nairobi, which provides safe community for 40-60 kids with homework support, sports and culture. With the collaboration of various artists from East Africa and the USA, Eirik founded and developed the concept of Affirmative Art, a form of art that gives participants an opportunity to reflect, gain new perspectives and hope. He is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with Maasai Mbili (M2) Art Collaborative, Kibera, Kenya. Through this collaboration they have held numerous workshops, art events, and peace and dream murals in Kenya and Uganda with the support of Art For Change foundation.
Eirik started the ARTLab workshops in 2018. In 2019, he started the ARTLab Africa Residency. Both were held at NIAAD in the summer. His most recent exhibition ‘Muzungu’ opened at IHCR Makerere University, Kampala. The exhibition is a dialogue about identity, perceptions and the stories we create about each other and our self!