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.
The Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale is designed by the architects Haga & Grov from Stavanger, in collaboration with architects Hjeltnes and Egge. The project of Haga & Grov won a competition in 1992. Their design has been published world-wide in several books and magazines on architecture and has won the Houen prize, one of the most important prizes for contemporary architecture in Norway
The centre has five private residencies of various sizes for the selected artists. The largest residence (91m²) has 3 bedrooms, two houses (67 m²) have 2 bedrooms and two have one bedroom (56 m²). The houses have bathroom, combined kitchen and living room and are fully equipped.
The centre has 5 identical north-lit studios, each 50 m². The artists studios have common design making it possible to work with various techniques. The studio walls are white, floors are wooden and height to the ceiling is 5 meters. The studios have wireless internet access. Artists have access to the main workshop equipped for working with wood. The workshop is also furnished with welding equipment.
All together the studio building area is about 670 m². The building also contains a darkroom, ( for black & white prints, small/medium size negatives), room for surface treatment, a printing press ( for relief printing techniques such as woodcut, linocut etc.)-see photos. There is also a lunch area and storage rooms.
The centre’s site is suited for outdoor work with approximately 70 CA available for use.
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 contemporary art centre that the nkd is today.
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 the nkd. The nkd is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.
The centre 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.
A.I.R Programme 2015
The application period for A.I.R. program 2015 is closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 11th of April 2014.
Please note that only invited artists will be contacted in person when the selection process is over. NKD aim to finish the selection process in July.
Professional artists, designers, architects and independent curators
are eligible to apply.
The selection is based on artistic merits and the quality of artistic practice.
Applicants from outside the Nordic region are expected to master the English language. The program is not available for students.
Short about residency
The residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre includes a monthly grant of 8.000 NOK, living and working space, as well as support of travel expenses up to 5.500 NOK, which will be reimbursed on arrival.
Residency periods are 2 or 3 months.
The centre has five private residencies of various sizes for the selected artists, and five identical north-lit studios, each 50 m².
Artists’ houses are fully equipped, and provided with wireless internet access.