5-12 weeks
Paid by host:

Accommodation and studio, wireless internet connection in the studio and electricity included.

Paid by artist:

All expenses (other than studio and accommodation) such as living costs, travel, materials, insurance and transport must be covered by the artist. The artist must apply for possible funding from her / his own home country. There is no Norwegian funding related to this residency. The selected artist must be prepared to be quite self-reliant.

Application guidelines:

The application must consist of the application form, project proposal for the residency period and artist statement, updated cv, and documentation of work. Current work is requested. Please note their aim in your application process: "The aim is to strengthen, promote and develop a collaboration between contemporary artists in Bergen and foreign artists."
The application must be sent electronically through the application form. Please limit your documentation to a maximum 5 MB. If you are sending video material, please refer to downloading sites like Vimeo, YouTube etc. If you do have a personal updated website, it is accepted as application material for documentation of work, cv etc.
Residents are selected by a jury composed of Bergen professional artists and other arts professionals.

Deadline: March 1st each year for programming of the following year

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Artist in Residence Bergen at USF Verftet

Artist in Residence Bergen at USF Verftet


The Council of Bergen and USF Verftet offers a residency to professional foreign artist in all fields. Through the Artist in Residence program they wish to encourage and strengthen interaction and contact between local, national and foreign artists. The residency takes place at USF Verftet, an old sardine factory transformed to a large and diverse contemporary culture house situated in the center of Bergen.
The offer consist of a 3-month-long residency at USF Verftet in a rent free studio and additional accommodation. However, all other expenses such as living costs, travel, materials, insurance and transport costs must be covered by the artist him/herself, or through funds in the artists home country.

Studio Information
  • Studio 1 (67 square m): is suitable for a fine artist (all media) or a craft artist. The floor is tiled and the studio has basic furniture, but is not equipped with tools or computer.
  • Studio 2 (47 square m): mainly for use by authors, composers or artists who works on computer / makes "clean" work. It is equipped with office furniture (no computer) and a Yamaha dgx 630 keyboard and active speakers.
Accommodation Information

The apartments (they have two, 21 square meters each) are situated at the small boat harbour at the USF Verftet. They are equipped with essential furniture, linen and towels, cooker, refrigerator and kitchenware. In addition to a single-bed, both apartments are provided with a sofa bed / settee sleeper. The apartments are small and not suitable for families, but just big enough for a couple.


Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, with approximately 270.000 citizens. Bergen is famous for its medieval and early modern wooden city centre, which contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bergen is situated on the west coast between sea, fjords, islands and mountains, and nature is easily accessible. A variety of art forms are well represented with museums, theaters, galleries, happenings and a number of internationally recognized festivals (dance, music, art, film etc).

Contact information

Georgernes Verft 12
5011 Bergen

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