Deadline: 01/09/2019

Kunstnarhuset Messen Hardanger/Norway

Residency opportunity in beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape!

Kunstnarhuset Messen was established in 2010. We are located in the old administrative building of Bjølvefossen A/S built in 1918.

Bjølvefossen A/S is the cornerstone of Ålvik, and have been producing ferroalloys for the international iron and steel industry since the 1920s.

Artists both in the region and internationally saw the potential of artistic purpose in the house. Kvam municipality rented the building from 2008 and the same year artists started visiting the house Kunstnarhuset Messen is a workplace and a venue for regional artists and guest artists. There is a huge interest from artists all over the world to stay and work at Messen. The beautiful fjord landscape has attracted artists to Hardanger for centuries, and Messen is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery in full.

The international artistic environment is attractive for regional artists. There are about 5
regional artists who have their studio in the house. The main purpose of the artist in residency is individual artistic development. We wish to create an environment where artists can meet each other both regionally and internationally. Workshops, seminars, artist meetings, artist talks, exchange programs and artistic development are measures to strengthen the development of the artistic environment. Various events also give the opportunity to promote art and artistic projects locally and regionally.

Kunstnarhuset Messen is historically a part of the local community, and we cooperate with local organizations and people to strengthen the local bond and communication through art. At Kunstnarhuset Messen we maintain a daily life routine. Our host with wife and children live and work at the 2nd floor of the building.

At Messen we support a lifestyle where work and other activities takes place during the day, and rest at night.

Artists may apply for residencies lasting from 1 to 3 months. Artists staying for 3 months will be preferred.

Artist of all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Private rooms, shared baths, shared kitchen

Private studios as well as graphic press studio and sound-proof room for musicians/sound-artists.

Residency fee is set to 2000 NOK a month, which includes living, electricity, water, work space, wi-fi, and free use of our house tools.

Link to application form can be found here: 

Kunstnarhuset Messen Hardanger/Norway

Kunstnarhuset Messen Hardanger/Norway


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