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.
A.I.R Programme 2016
The application period for A.I.R. program 2016 is now closed. The deadline for submitting applications was 17th of March 2015.
The selection process will be finished by the end of september and the results will be announced on sosial media and website. Please note that only invited artists will be contacted in person when the selection process is over.
Next call for applications will be announced in the beginning of 2016.
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 9.000 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.
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