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.




APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 20th 23:59 CET, 2021

Due to Covid 19, foreign artists supposed to stay in 2021 may be transferred to 2022. If so, very few, if any, new foreign artists will be selected for 2022. The applications received from foreigners will, if this is the case, be evaluated for a stay in 2023 without needing to reapply next year.
We regret this circumstances, but hope for understanding in a still uncertain and difficult time.

Foreign artists not living in norway, who applied for a stay in 2021 will be reconsidered for a stay in 2022, no new application required.


Professional visual artists, designers, architects are eligible to apply for a three (3) months duration in 2022. Curators are eligible to apply for a one month residence.

Applicants from outside the Nordic region are expected to have a 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 11.000,-. Travel costs will be covered within a limit of NOK 5.000,-. Living and working spaces are for free.

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

Private trips made during the stay is not included in the travel support, and must be covered by the residents themselves.


NKD is located just north of Sognefjorden, on the westcoast of Norway. The location is in a rather secluded area, on a hilltop next to Dalsfjorden, at the edge of the forest and mountains. Dale is a typically small fjord community with some shops and a few cafes. 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, 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 expected to take part in peer presentations and an open studio day. We do not run an exhibition program.


Deadline is April 20th, 2021 (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, as a group or with linked applications. Note that groups or linked artists will have to share the stipend of NOK 11.000,-. The stipends goes by a “one house, one stipend” regulation.
The applications are evaluated by a board of former NKD artists, and the NKD administration together.

For 2022 we strongly appeal to all applicants to apply for a three (3) months stay. We have learned from experience and feed back from the residents that this is a better time slot than two (2) months.
Curators can apply for a one (1) month stay, lodging and working in the centers old villa.

Apply by sending us an e-mail where you attach the application form and a PDF file portfolio of MAX 3 MB, containing up to ten single pics. For sound and video works attach a link in the application form. Make sure to tag the application form and the pdf-portfolio with your full name. Sign your e-mail with your full name and e-mail address. 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, at the end of September.

Mail the application to:


Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale

Dalsåsvegen 143

6963 Dale i Sunnfjord


Tlf. +47 96010573


Nordic Artists' Centre Dale
Dalsåsvegen 143
6963 Dale i Sunnfjord

director Arild H Eriksen +47 930 25 798

coordinator Lillian Samdal and Vilde Jensen Hjetland



NKD Publications

The Scandinavian show/ Bristol Biennial 2012

NKD Yearbook 2011

English Version

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Norwegian Version

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Norwegian Version

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