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Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik
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AiR in Ålvik, Hardanger

Kunstnarhuset Messen (Arthouse Messen) is an art centre in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. Messen is situated in the small village of Ålvik. The Hardanger region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its beautiful landscape.

Kunstnarhuset Messen was built as an administrational building in 1918 for the local metal-industry company Bjølvefossen. The building is very spacious and has a special atmosphere.

The centre offers an artist-in-residence programme for Norwegian and international artists of all disciplines. The artist-residency can have duration up to 3 months.

In Kunstnarhuset Messen you live and work together with other guest artists and artists from the region. At the moment there are 7 local artists working in the house. We have a host couple, both artists, living and working in the house.

Kunstnarhuset Messen also organizes seminars, workshops, exhibitions and various other artistic activities.

There is one small apartment and five rooms available for guest artists. Rooms and apartments are equipped with furniture and bed linen. Artists share kitchens and showers. The kitchens are fully equipped.

On the ground floor there are 4 studios available for guest artists, all with 4 metres height to the ceiling. On the first floor there are 2 studios available. Wireless internet connection is free of charge.

Driving distance from Bergen to Ålvik is 2 hours. The village is located by the Hardangerfjord in Kvam municipality, and has a population of 740 inhabitants. There is a small village centre with a food store, post office, school and church. Ålvik changed from being a rural farming area to an industrial village in 1905 when Bjølvefossen Industries was established. When Bjølvefossen built Ålvik, consultants and architects were hired to decide the colours and design of the village.

Nearest town centre is Norheimsund, 30 min. by car or bus.

Paid by the artist/provided by the programme
We offer a rent-free studio and accommodation. All other expenses such as living costs, travel, materials, insurance and transport must be covered by the artist.

Application criteria
Professional artists and senior art-students of all artistic disciplines can apply. The application must consist of the application form and a project plan for a stay.

For more information see our home page or send us an e-mail to ask for an application form.

There is no application deadline. The house is open all year.

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Kunstnarhuset Messen
Postboks 4
5614 Ålvik


16-9 2014


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