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.
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.
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.
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.
NORDISK KUNSTNARSENTER DALE
OPEN CALL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15th, 2016
WHO CAN APPLY
Professional artists, designers and architects are eligible to apply for a residency of two or three months duration. Curators are eligible to apply for a one month residence. Applicants from outside the Nordic region are expected to master the English language. The program is not available for students.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
The residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre includes a monthly grant of
NOK 9.000,- as well as covered travel expenses up to NOK 5.500,-. Living and working spaces for free. The centre has five private residency houses of various size for the selected artists. Five identical 50 m² north-lit panorama window studios, with an additional common workshop furnished with a variation of equipment and heavy machinery for wood work. The artists’ lodgings is fully equipped, and provided with wireless internet access.
WHERE ARE WE
NKD is located just north of Sognefjorden, on the westcoast of Norway. It lies in a rather remote area, literally in the middle of nature. Dale is a typical small fjord community with a few shops and a small café. The nearest town, Førde is one hour away by bus. Bergen, the nearest city is three hours away by bus and boat.
WHAT WE OFFER
What we offer, besides excellent accommodation and working conditions, is time and space. Too much time of an artists everyday life is consumed by administration, transportation, networking and planning etc. leaving not much time left for the art production itself.
At NKD you will have the best possibilities for concentration and contemplation around your art practice, with not much interference and temptations of any kind, except for hikes and strolls in the immediate and exquisite nature.
In residence you are supposed to take part in presentations and an open studio day. We do not run a regular exhibition program.
Applications must be submitted by our application form attached as a PDF-file. You may download the form by clicking the button to the left «apply here». Please fill the form using English, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish.
We kindly ask you to attach documentation of your work like this:
Photoes: Up to ten low resolution files in total not more than 5 MG all together. You may send them as a PDF portfolio.
Sound and video: Up to three files maximum three minutes each. Zip the application including application form and send us via wetransfer or other file transfer service.
We do not accept files by dropbox.
Please send the application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not accept applications on paper sent by post.
Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale
6963 Dale i Sunnfjord
Tlf. +47 577 36 200
In 2017 NKD celebrate 20 years anniversary. Due to this event a part of the programme is already set and the number of artists that will be invited to attend the regular programme will be fewer this year. Please note that only selected artists will be contacted.