English, Norwegian
2 work periods of 10 days each
Paid by host:

A grant is provided: 7000NOK for each artist, and they cover the costs of travel, housing, food and some production costs.

The project will also provide a rental vehicle during the artists’ residency if this is needed.

The costs of materials, equipment and other production expenses amounting up to 10,000 NOK for the second stay, will be covered by the project.

Application guidelines:

​AiRV welcome applicants who live and work in Europe (EU, EEA and UK). They are looking for a group of artists, or up to three individuals who would work alongside each other. Artists and creative practitioners are welcome to apply individually or as collectives. These will be selected by the project from a curatorial choice.

The residency is for those artists/practitioners who are able to demonstrate an interest in our areas of interest/options at each of the 5 locations (read more about the different locations on the webpage), and who are able to demonstrate experience in community engagement, dialog and working alongside communities.

Annual deadlines in May, June and November
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AiR Vesteraalen

AiR Vesteraalen

Nordland Akademi for Kunst og Vitenskap

AiRV is Vesterålen’s collective boost of art with an international dimension, a firm local foundation, and varying areas of focus in each of the 5 residency locations in the Vesteraalen area: Bø, Øksnes, Andøy, Sortland and Hadsel/Elvelangs.

​The objective of these residencies is to help develop identity, knowledge, awareness and experiences. The organisation wishes to make Vesterålen visible to others and to reinforce cultural cooperation in the region. The project is intended to leave visible traces and contribute towards local development and, not least, to dialogue. The residencies will contribute to the overall project in creating new forms of engagement and community involvement, and also producing a final work that can be shared with the public.

Open call 2022 residencies
The program revolves around the concepts of: art/nature/play, art/costal culture, art/technology, art/urban spaces, art/community. Read more on their website.

Any professional artist, residing in EU/EEA/UK, regardless of gender, region or religion, are welcome to apply. AirV invites established as well as emerging artists, curators and writers. Also practitioners from any art-related discipline, cross-discipline practices are welcome to apply.

​Each group will get two stays of 10 days each. The first residency stay will be used to become familiar with the local community, do research, meet local citizens and partners in collaboration, and begin the creative process. During the second stay of the residency, we wish to focus on presentation and, if possible, link this to already existing cultural events. This phase involves the production of a final work that will be shared with the public.


During the 2nd work period, the resident works on creating an exhibition, workshop, performance, artist talk: something that can be shared with the local community.

Studio Information

Big shared working space.
Library, gallery, stage, and the great outdoors.
Other facilities can aslo be arranged.

Accommodation Information

Rented house or apartment, with private rooms, and shared bathroom/kitchen/living room.

Technical Information

No specialized equipment.


The residences are located mostly in the country side. Vesterålen is an archipelago located in Northern Norway, 200 km north of the arctic circle, bordering on the Lofoten islands in the south. Unique about the location is midnight sun, polar light/aurora and fresh arctic air.

Contact information

Chr. Frederiksensgate 22
8445 Melbu

hanne.airv [at]