Open Call for four artist residencies in Southern Rogaland, Norway
For the upcoming Dalane Festival of Culture in Southern Rogaland 2019 we are looking for four professional visual artists to take part in a five-week residency program during February/March 2019. Each artist will be matched with a municipality in the region and a local contact person. The residency will culminate in the production of a public work to be shown in that municipality during the festival. We also invite the four successful applicants for a site visit in September 2018.
The theme for the 2019 edition of the festival is FLOOD!
The program is a collaboration with the four municipalities in Dalane; Lund, Bjerkreim, Sokndal and Eigersund, and Rogaland Kunstsenter.
- Site visit in Dalane September 24th-29th 2018. During this week the four artists will meet each other, their local contact person and the organizers, make visits to each district and discuss the theme and tentative ideas.
- Five-week residency program from week 8 to 12 in 2019 (February 18th – March 24th) where each artist will prepare, produce and show their project during the festival period.
- Five-week residency in picturesque Southern Rogaland. Each artist will live and work in their municipality. Accommodation will be provided.
- 25 000 NOK stipend for each artist. This includes also food expenses.
- Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 5.000 NOK against receipts.
- Production costs to facilitate the artistic project, workshops and so on, to be decided in dialog with the municipalities.
- A local contact person in each municipality for each artist in order to assist and guide research for art project and workshops.
- Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to 5.000 NOK against receipts for the initial site visit during Fall 2018. The hosts will also cover accommodation and provide a 1.500 NOK stipend for food expenses.
Dalane Festival of Culture has the following expectations from the four successful applicants:
- The artist should be an active and inclusive agent for the festival, through the art project and workshops
- The artist should be in dialog with the local communities through workshops and other events.
- It is desired that the art project creates or amplifies an identity specific to the municipality and that the art project is connected to the local community.
- The artist should be in dialog with the hosts and the local person of contact.
- The art project should be visible and accessible in public space during the festival.
- The artist should have good communication skills and pedagogical abilities.
- The applicant must be on site during the residency during the following periods: September 24-29th2018 and February 18th – March 24th 2019
Requirements for the application:
- Application letter, maximum one A4 page, containing a short statement of motivation for applying to the residency.
- Portfolio with selected documentation of relevant experience, works of art, projects and workshops.
- The applicant should indicate if they have a license to operate a car, even though this is not a requirement for a successful application.
- The application letter, CV, and portfolio should be submitted in a single PDF, maximum 10 MB. The name of the file should be your own name. (First-Last.pdf)
- The deadline is 11thJune 2018 and application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation receipt by 19thJune and a final response by July 5th
- Representatives from the four municipalities and Rogaland Kunstsenter will review your application.
More information about the Dalane Festival of Culture and each municipality is attached. If you have questions about the residency contact email@example.com
Dalane Festival of Culture, March 18th – 24th 2019
Every two years, since 1995, the four municipalities in Dalene; Sokndal, Lund, Eigersund, and Bjerkreim – have jointly organized a Festival of Culture over the course of one week in the early part of spring.
The Festival unites local cultural life with regional, national and international participants, providing knowledge, inspiration and excitement for the local community.
The chosen theme for Dalene Festival of Culture 2019 is “FLOOD”. The theme relates to the challenges encountered by the four municipalities due to the large quantities of water surrounding them. Water remains a key element in the lives of all four municipalities, in the form of rain, rivers and sea. The wet element does not only create frustration and devastation, but also a lot of joy, activity, work and recreation.
The respective sub-themes/parts of the festival will to some extent be connected, and at the same time each municipality will adapt their part of the festival to their local community. Just like when a flood flows through the entire region of Dalane, it affects every community differently, with local variations in actions taken and implications.
The Artists and the community
In collaboration with Rogaland Kunstsenter, each of the four municipalities will host an artist in residence, for a period of 5 weeks (February 11th – March 24th 2019). Prior to the residency, four local contact persons, one from each municipality, who have a passion for their local community and art, will lay the groundwork for how the town can best receive the artist and the potential art project. The finished project will be ready by week 12 in 2019.
The local contact person, with his/her knowledge of the local community, will facilitate connections between the local community and the artist. As a result of meetings with the passionate, local contact person and the visiting artist in residency, thoughts and ideas will be exchanged on how the artwork is developed, the processes behind it, workshops and forms of local involvement.
The municipality of Lund is a district with industry and agriculture, with a long tradition of wood and furniture production. It has 3200 inhabitants, 2200 of who are living in Moi, which is the center of Lund municipality. The remainders live in the smaller villages Hovsherad and Heskestad. Additionally, there are around 130 refugees in Sana Lund reception centers, awaiting response to their residence permit applications. The refugee community is decentralized, which means each person live in their own apartment in the municipality, something which has been received well.
Lund municipality is a cozy little inland municipality beautifully located with a rich, varied nature with access to all-year out-door enjoyment. The main road E39 divides the center of Moi; it has a cozy car-free street with several department stores on one side and supermarkets on the other side. The municipality is also the home of Lundheim Folkehøgskole (a one year study program), which offers the youth creative classes like cosplay, cooking, sport, E-sport, music, and photography.
Among other attractions in Lund, the local museum has exhibitions of local culture and history of Lund’s industry; Tronåsen is famous for its steep and crooked road, which was part of Rally Monte Carlo in 1931. Additionally, there are several factory outlets offering locally manufactured products.
Bjerkreim municipality is a small municipality with less than 3000 inhabitants. Here you will find two small municipality centers: Vikeså with the municipality house, middle school, and some stores; Bjerkreim with a primary school, a church and a grocery store.
Bjerkreim is an inland municipality that offers different a rich and varied nature, consisting of mountains, valleys, flatland, lakes, and rivers.
Mountains, valleys, and big lakes dominate the northern part of the municipality. Furthest to the north rises the highest mountain, Vijakula (907 meters), and in the same part of the municipality, you will find the largest rock scree in Northern Europe – Gloppedalsura. The valleys have several big lakes, including the 18 km long Ørsdalsvatnet. In the southern, lower altitude areas, you will find flatter, agricultural land. Bjerkreim is the second largest shepherding municipality in Norway, and agriculture is of great importance.
Bjerkreimselva is ranked as one of the best rivers for salmon fishing in Norway, but it also causes significant flooding problems for the community.
Sokndal municipality, with around 3300 inhabitants, is the southernmost municipality in the Rogaland Region. Åna-Sira, divided by the river Sira, is small village that is home to around 200 people. One half of the village belongs to Rogaland and Sokndal, whereas the other half is located in the Vest-Agder Region and the municipality of Flekkefjord. The river Sira marks the geographic border between Vestlandet and Sørlandet Regions of Norway.
Sokndal is known for, among other things, Sogndalstrand, wooden buildings (protected by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage) from the 1700′ and 1800s, and for Blåfjellgruvene and Jøssingfjord.
Sokndal is a working class and industry municipality, which largely consist of mining, processing and mechanical companies. The cornerstone of the community, Titania, with about 270 employees is the world’s largest ilmenite discovery. The municipality is located on the coast and has a small archipelago by the North Sea that and many good fishing-spots.
Sokndal was the first municipality in the Nordic region to become a member of the international movement Cittaslow in 2003. The purpose is to give the place its own identity, slow down the pace and prioritize quality of life. The inhabitants of the municipality have buried the “Janteloven” (actually buried, in the true meaning of the word!), and celebrate the «Kjærlighedsvego» (Love-week) every year.
Eigersund municipality has about 15 000 inhabitants, and 10 000 are resident in Egersund. The rest of the inhabitants are spread around the towns Helleland and Hellvik, and the surrounding areas. The municipality consists of lowlands along the coast, which is dominated by rounded mountains and little vegetation, and steep landscapes and lakes inland.
Eigersund is one of Norway’s largest fishing ports, and the herring oil production is a key industry in the municipality. Most of the businesses are connected with the maritime activities: Development and distribution of maritime electronics trawl repair shops and manufacturing of oil platform modules at Aker Solution. Eigersund is also an agricultural municipality, known for their shepherding, and milk production.
The municipality hosts several festivals and events that are well attended and known across the country: Eigersund Vise Festival (Folk Song Festival), Dalane Blues Festival, Lighthouse Festival and Christmas City.
Other sights include the old wooden building, Trollpikken, Dalane Folkemuseum and Eigersund Fayancemuseum. The latter exhibits items from Eigersund Fayancefabrik, which was a cornerstone business in the municipality from 1847 to 1979.
Through Eigersund flows the river Lundeelva that is the outlet for the waterfall Hellelandsvassdraget. Large amounts of water meet the sea in the heart of the town. Also, the Bjerkreim waterfall has its outlet in Eigersund, and both rivers lead to significant challenges during the time of floods in the municipality.
Rogaland Kunstsenter(RKS) is an independent regional art center located in Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway. The local arts and crafts communities founded the art center in 1978. Today, RKS is a member of the nationwide network of Kunstsentersin Norway and serves as a resource center for the artists, the municipality and the county when it comes to contemporary art and its challenges. RKS develops and carries out art projects in public and private spaces, operates professional development programs, and protects the artistic freedom of expression.
Rogaland Kunstsenter i Stavanger