Dear artists, writers, designers, editors and publishers,
In 2019 Hordaland kunstsenter continues its themed artist-in-residence programme focusing on the various incarnations of writing in connection with art and art publishing.
Although art criticism has dominated the canon of art-writing in the 20th and early 21st century, non-expository, ‘involved’ forms of writing have long existed alongside the plastic arts. In the present this is evident in the increasing visibility of contemporary literary forms such as the artist’s novel, and historical forms of artist’s writing such as modernist concrete poetry.
Through sequential residencies hosted throughout the year, Hordaland kunstsenter hopes to create an ongoing forum for thinking about, reading, and disseminating forms of writing that cross thresholds between art criticism, philosophy, descriptive writing, artist’s statements, fiction, poetry, writing for performance, text art, and any other genres of writing that might be relevant.
Applications are invited from all kinds of arts professionals whose work significantly involves writing, typography, text and publishing. The residency is available both for individual artists as well as group projects or collaborations. Each residency lasts for 4 to 8 weeks and should focus on the development of new or existing projects that will be enriched through their stay at Hordaland kunstsenter.
The aim of the residency is to provide artistic professionals with a platform for research and production, one they may leave from with expanded possibilities, a broader network. Successful applicants will be provided with a fully furnished and equipped apartment in the vicinity of Hordaland kunstsenter. Travel costs will be covered the art centre along with a stipend to help cover the high cost of living in Norway.
About Hordaland Kunstsenter’s residency programme
Since 1987, Hordaland Kunstsenter has coordinated a residency programme for non-Norwegian arts professionals to spend a limited period of time living and working in Bergen. The residency is supported by Hordaland County Council.
It is Hordaland Kunstsenter’s objective to strengthen and further artistic cooperation both within the local arena and internationally. The centre hosts regular seminars, talks and exhibitions, and participating residents are also expected to give a public presentation related to their practice in a format of their choosing.
Duration of residency
4 to 8 weeks.
The application deadline for our international residency programme in 2019, is on November 30 2018.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Who is eligible to participate in the residency programme?
The residency is open to artists, curators, designers, editors, publishers and other professionals in the field of contemporary art, from any country. The selection process is based on the merits and quality of artistic practice. The program is not available to students.
Our guests stay in a quiet residential area just a few minutes walk from the art centre which is situated in downtown Bergen. The one bedroom self-catering apartment is furnished and equipped with a TV and Wi-Fi and has a fully functioning kitchen and spacious living room.
Hordaland kunstsenter can not provide a studio in all situations. If absolutely relevant, Hordaland kunstsenter will arrange a studio for the residency guest to work in, but the majority of our residents utilise the guest apartment for this purpose. Guests are expected to bring their own computer and other tools necessary for their work during the residency.
Fees and support
Each residency lasts 4 to 8 weeks. Hordaland kunstsenter is the base for the resident during this period. Hordaland kunstsenter covers the guest’s travel costs, provides accommodation, and offers a stipend to help offset the high cost of living in Norway. Hordaland kunstsenter facilitates introductions to the local art scene and provides administrative and, where possible, logistical support for more specialised or subject-specific research.
What is not covered by the residency programme?
Hordaland kunstsenter does not cover shipping of materials or of any artworks or objects produced or collected during the guest’s stay. Similarly any production materials are for the guest’s own account. Hordaland kunstsenter does not cover the costs of travel within Norway unrelated to the guest’s arrival or departure.
Successful candidates are encouraged to apply for additional funding.
Expectations towards the artist
Although the residency programme is not outcomes-oriented, it is envisaged that this cycle of residencies could lead to an anthology-style research publication that further develops ideas explored during the residencies. The exact nature of this publication would be decided in response to the content of the residencies themselves and the research interests of our guests.
Participants engage in public conversations and are encouraged to cultivate a dialogue with local artists and art professionals. Our guests are expected to have a public presentation during their stay with Hordaland kunstsenter, in a format of their choosing.
Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form available HERE
The application form must be accompanied by the following attachments sent by email:
– At least four examples of recent projects
– A letter explaining why you would like to participate in the programme and what work you hope to undertake while on the residency.
We accept applications in English only, to accommodate our international jury members. However, language proficiency is not a criteria for evaluation by the jury.
Applications are assessed and chosen by a jury on the basis of merit, and the ability Hordaland kunstsenter has to support the proposed research or project.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
*Additional costs for any applicable permits / visas are covered at the artists own expense. A letter of invitation will be provided by Hordaland Kunstsenter if required for visa application.
Deadline: 30 November 2018