Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale / Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale

is an Artist-in-Residence centre funded by Norwegian Ministry Of Culture. The A-I-R program encourages international contacts for artists and focuses on visual arts including design, architecture and locally rooted practice. Nordic Artists' Centre Dale is situated in the village of Dale, the administrative centre of the Fjaler municipality on the West Coast of Norway.

About NKD

NKD offers artists an opportunity to contemplate, concentrate and work. Presenting invited artists to inspiring living and working conditions, NKD strives to contribute to innovative artwork. The visiting artists from around the globe create an international spirit, and it is NKD’s objective to strengthen and further artistic cooperation in the Nordic area and internationally.

The Artist in Residence programme is central among the activities at NKD. The centre also arranges workshops, seminars and exhibitions.

The centre is open all year round for residencies, artists being selected based on applications with project proposals. NKD accepts applications during a short period in the beginning of each year. The call for applications is announced on this website under the section Apply.

The Buildings of Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale
The centre is originally designed to function as an artist residence. This means that NKD can offer flexible working conditions combined with convenient and inspiring living conditions.

The architects Haga & Grov from Stavanger, in collaboration with architects Hjeltnes and Egge, have designed the centre. The project of Haga & Grov won a competition in 1992. Their design has been published worldwide in several books and magazines on architecture and has won the Houen prize, one of the most important prizes for contemporary architecture in Norway.

There are five private residencies of various sizes for the selected artists. The houses have at least one bedroom, a bathroom, a combined kitchen and living room and are all fully equipped.

In the main building the five studios are found, each 50 square meters. The artist studios have a common design, making it possible to work with various techniques. They have white walls, wooden floor and a five metres height to the ceiling. The studios have wireless Internet access.

In addition, artists have access to the main workshop, set up for woodworking and equipped for welding. The building also contains a darkroom (for black and white prints, small/medium size negatives), a room for surface treatment and a printing press (for relief printing techniques such as woodcut, linocut etc.). All together the studio building area is about 670 square meters.

The site of the centre is also suited for outdoor work.


Karin S. Woldseth, chairwoman
Grete Kvinnesland
Samir M'Kadmi
Arvid Jarle Pettersen
Johan Börjesson


The centre is owned by a foundation. The foundation and the project is inspired by the vision of Oddleif Fagerheim and his wife Thora Nitter Fagerheim, who donated their house and land to the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1976.

Oddleif Fagerheim was a teacher and a politician for the Labour party. He was very active on the cultural field throughout his lifetime. During his 12 years in the Norwegian Parliament he focused on communicational, environmental and cultural issues. Fagerheim was passionate about the common history and culture of the Nordic countries. Oddleif Fagerheim's first idea was to establish a school for nordic youth on the property he donated to the Nordic Council of Ministers, but new ideas pushed the project in the direction of a contemporary art centre.

The Nordic Artists' Centre in Dale was officially opened in May 1998. The Municipality of Fjaler, the County of Sogn & Fjordane and the Norwegian Government funded the project of establishing NKD. NKD is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.


NKD is situated on a hillside overlooking the Dalsfjord and the village Dale i Sunnfjord in Fjaler municipality, Sogn og Fjordane County, on the West Coast of Norway.

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Dale i Sunnfjord is the commercial and administrative center in the municipality of Fjaler, 150 km north of Bergen and 50 km west of Førde.

The closest airport is Førde, approximately 40 minutes drive from Dale. Check Norwegian for flights to Oslo and Bergen and Widerøe for flights to Førde. It is possible to arrive by fast boat from Bergen or by bus to Førde.

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Professional visual artists, designers and architects are eligible to apply for a residency of two, three or four months duration in 2020. Curators are eligible to apply for a onemonth residence.

Applicants from outside the Nordic region are expected to have a fairly good command of the English language. Note: The program is not available for students.



The residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre includes a monthly grant of NOK 10.000,-. Travel costs will be covered after appointment, but within a limit of nok 6.000,-. Living and working spaces are for free.

The center has five private residency houses, one for each artist. Five 50 m² studios with a 6 meter high ceiling and north-lit panorama window studios. An additional common studio and carpenters workshop furnished with a good selection of equipment and heavy machines are also at disposal. The artists’ lodgings are fully equipped, and provided with wireless internet access.

Note: Private trips made during the stay must be covered by the resident herself.



NKD is located in a rather remote area north of the Sognefjorden, and three hours from Bergen city. Living in a typically rural west coast area in Norway, just at the forests brim and at the foot of the mountains, requires a positive attitude towards nature. Our location, Dale in Sunnfjord, is a small fjord community with little “urban” distraction. Those in need of a pub and fancy shops should take this into concideration.



What we offer, besides excellent accommodation and working conditions, is basically time for art production and reflection.  Too much time of an artists everyday life is absorbed by administration, transportation, writing applications etc. leaving not much time for the art production itself. We want to be an counterforce to this.

In residence, in addition to concentrate about your own work, you are supposed to take part in peer presentations and an open studio day. We do not run an exhibition program.



Application is now closed. Deadline was May 2nd, 2019 (23:59 at your local time zone).

Only applications using our application form will be considered. Please note that all fields must be filled in. You may apply with a single application, or as a group. The stipend is nevertheless not more than nok 10.000,- a house.

The applications will be evaluated by a board of peers and the NKD administration together.

For 2020 it is possible to apply for a stay between two (2) and four (4) months. Curators can apply for a one (1) month stay.

Apply by sending an e-mail to where you attach the application form and a PDF file portfolio of MAX 3 MB, containing up to ten single photoes. For sound and video works attach a link in the application form. Make sure to name the application form and the pfd-portfolio with your full name. Sign the e-mail with your full name and e-mail address. NKD does not take responsibilty for applications that are sent in other formats. Applications can not be changed after deadline.

NOTE: Only selected artists will be notified after the selection process is finished. The names of selected artists will be published on our website, end of September latest.

NOTE: Due to a cooperation occupying six months of 2020, the open call in 2020 is for January, February, September, October, November and December only.

Questions must be forwarded to

Thank you.

Application closed.


Dear applicant. You will receive a confirmation that we have received your application. We register every e-mail manually and it will take some time till you all have heard from us. Please be patient but let us know by end of May if you have not received a confirmation. We appreciate your understanding. Kind regards NKD staff.


Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale
Dalsåsvegen 143
6963 Dale i Sunnfjord
Tlf. +47 577 36 200 | 201


Nordic Artists' Centre Dale
Dalsåsvegen 143
6963 Dale i Sunnfjord

director Arild H Eriksen

coordinator Lillian Samdal and Vilde Jensen Hjetland

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NKD Publications

The Scandinavian show/ Bristol Biennial 2012

NKD Yearbook 2011

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Norwegian Version

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