The Monastery at Halsnøy, Norway Artist in Residence Program
Deadline: June 30
Sunnhordland Museum invites artists working with photography as their means of
expression to come to the island of Halsnøy, off the west coast of Norway, to stay and
work in a very special place. THE MONASTERY comprises the ruins of an Augustine medieval monastery established in 1163. Among the ruins is a rustic old mansion from 1841, where the invited artists will stay. The monastery is a part of Sunnhordland Museum, and is situated in beautiful surroundings on the island of Halsnøy at the inlet of the Hardanger fjord. Over the years the Monastery has become a center for arts and culture, offering concerts,
exhibitions and other kinds of cultural activities. The Monastery is now also becoming a center for photography, by offering this international Artist in Residence program for photographers, and also photographic workshops and lectures.
We have close relations with the art school Sunnhordland Folkehøgskule, which offers studies in drama / film, dance, music, visual arts, sound production, and games design. The school is situated 5 minutes ́ walk from the monastery.
Sunnhordland Museum offers this residency to photographers worldwide.
We encourage both emerging and mid-career artists—preferably with some exhibition experience—to apply.
The museum offers a three-week free stay at the mansion, a beautiful house with all antique furniture, in a very special historical spot. As can be expected in a historical museum, the house does not have the highest modern standard, but you will sleep in a very cozy bedroom with a splendid view to the garden and the ruins.
There is a bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. There is also a television set, and you will be able to connect with the rest of the world through internet (wi-fi).
Darkroom facilities will be available in the basement, if required.
There will be two residency periods of three weeks each, between May and October.
You should expect to share your residency period with two other artists, as 6 artists
will be invited. The artists who come to Halsnøy may also be asked to give a lecture or a short workshop, either at the art school or at the monastery.
It is further expected from those accepted for the residency, that they will have an exhibition or a presentation of work that has been done during their stay at the