photo artist residency in kristiansund

Nordic Light Events AS started in 2006 with an annual photo festival, Nordic Light International Festival of Photography. Since then we have had our festival each year with participants from all over the world. Many photographic legends have been visiting us these years. In addition to running the festival, we also have a variety of other projects and activities which you can read more about here.

Artist in Residence

Now we add a artist residency to our activities. We welcome 6 artists during a period of 2 years (2017 an 2018) to come and visit the unique city of Kristiansund and the North West Coast of Norway.

about the residency

The residency will be somewhat different each time, depending on the season. The residency is linked to local cultural events, and the focus span from nature and the unique geography of the area to more abstract themes.

Residency 1, spring 2017
From April 3rd–May 7th
The exhibition will be during the Nordic Light Festival

Residency 2, fall 2017
From August 14th–September 17th

Both periods are open to all kinds of photography, but we do want works from (photographed or filmed) our region. During the late summer / beginning of fall (Residency 2)  it would be great with focus on nature/secenery.
We have a collaboration with Smøla Naturopplevelser to visit their shield in the middle of the ocean.
There might also be possible to travel by slow and fast boats, diving is also great. This is just some of the possibilities, the city and the region facilitates a great span of different possible
activities .


Practical information

Who can apply

The residency is open to professional, foreign and national artists in film and photography.

What to expect

The selected artist must be prepared to be quite self-reliant. We are running the residency on tight administrative resources. However we are doing our best to set up contacts and network. We want the artists to achieve the most out of their stay.
This is our main goal.

  • The facilities at the Nordic Light House is free to be used by the artist
    (The facilities includes; our two galleries, The Nordic Light Art and Book Shop, a photo studio, a café/kitchen area and offices/co-working space with related businesses.
  • The Photo Studio at Nordic Light can be used freely by the artist
    (But the studio needs to be booked, as other photographers is also using the studio)
  • What is the focus of each period will vary, please see more information below
  • Follow this link to the tourist information to read more about the area

What nordic light expect to be the outcome of the residency

  • The result of the residency should be works made from the area
  • We want an exhibition that will show the following weeks after the residency period
    (Some of the works will hopefully be sold during the exhibition. It will be a split between the artist and Nordic Light on any sold works, where 40% goes to Nordic Light and 60% to the artist.)
  • We want the artist to give a talk/lecture and be accessible for students

Costs covered by the residency (Nordic Light)

  • Accommodation is provided by Nordic Light
    (1 room with a small kitchen and a bathroom (w/washing machine in the basement.))
  • We provide some support to flight tickets to a maximum of 3000 NOK per artist

What costs the artist must cover

  • All expenses (such as living costs, materials, travel, insurance and transport) other than studio access, accommodation and the mentioned 3000 NOK in support for travel, must be covered by the artist

The residency periods/times

  • Residency 1, spring 2017 (April 3rd–May 7th): 
    Open for applications (deadline 1st of February 2017)
  • Residency 2, fall 2017 (August 14th–September 17th):
    Open for applications (deadline 1st of February 2017)
  • Residency 3, winter 2018: (NOT open for applications yet)
  • Residency 4, spring 2018: (NOT open for applications yet)
  • Residency 5, fall 2018: (NOT open for applications yet)
  • Residency 6, winter 2019: (NOT open for applications yet)

Next application deadline:
1st of February 2017 (for residencies through 2017)

(The application is open for Residency 1 (spring 2017) and Residency 2 (fall 2017)


how to apply

We encourage all professional photographers (both still and video) who feel that this program can be appropriate for them to apply. The residency will be somewhat different each time, depending on the season. The residency can be linked to local cultural events (especially the exhibitions), and the focus can span from nature and the unique geography of the area to more abstract themes. We do however want the result to be works from the area.


Application requirements

Applications which fail to meet the requirements will not be read.

The following information must be included in the application:

  • Extensive contact information
  • What residency period you wish to apply for

The application must include the following attachements:

  • Updated CV
  • Project description
  • Artist Statement
  • Documentation of previous work (if not link to website/portfolio is included) as a PDF.

(Each document should not exceed 2 MB)


Applications are to be sent by email to: opencall@nle.no


Any questions can be directed to residency manager Ingunn Strand at ingunn@nle.no