Hordaland Kunstsenter covers the guest’s travel costs, provides accommodation and a work space, and offers a stipend to help offset the high cost of living in Norway. HKS facilitates introductions to the local art scene and provides administrative and, where possible, logistical support for more specialized or subject-specific research.
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.
Applications are accepted in English only, to accommodate the 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.
Since 1987, Hordaland Kunstsenter has hosted an artist in residence programme, offering an apartment and a work space for the residents. The guests receive a scholarship, and traveling expenses are paid. Residencies usually last for a month. The residency is open to international artists, curators, critics, art researchers and other art professionals. 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.
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.
It is expected that the resident visitor gives a public presentation/talk at Hordaland Kunstsenter during their stay.
The 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 their residents utilize the guest apartment for this purpose. Guests are expected to bring their own computer and other tools necessary for their work during the residency.