Kunstnarhuset Messen

General information

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Kunstnarhuset Messen (Arthouse Messen) is an art centre in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. Messen is situated in the small village of Ålvik. The Hardanger region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its beautiful landscape.
Kunstnarhuset Messen consists of three floors of 420 square metres.
Messen was built in 1918 as an administration building for the local metal-industry company Bjølvefossen. The building is very spacious and has a special atmosphere.
The centre offers an artist-in-residence programme for Norwegian and international artists of all disciplines.

In Kunstnarhuset Messen you live and work together with other guest artists and artists from the region. At the moment there are seven artists from the region working in the house on a daily basis, and we can have up to 5 guests staying in the house at the same time.

The artist-residency can have duration up to 3 months. We have a host couple, artists, living and working in the house.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Sound Recording Studio
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Nearest trainstation is either Bergen or Voss. Train from Oslo daily.

By plane

Nearest airport is 2 hours drive from Ålvik, Bergen Airport Flesland (BGO)

Nearest airport

Bergen Airport Flesland (BGO)

Contact information

Kunstnarhuset Messen
Postboks 4
5614 Ålvik


Phone: 004791722857

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