30. Jun 2020
31. Dec 2022

North Norwegian Art Centre (NNKS) will from 2020 until 2022 commission and present a series of art projects in Vardø, a town located in the county of Finnmark in northern Norway. NNKS invites visual artists who would like to realize an art project to submit proposals. Up to two recipients will be selected based on the submitted project outline. The artists’ activities in Vardø will be included in the context of other related NNKS projects in this area.

The project must take place in Vardø, begin in 2020, and be completed in 2022. Thematically there are no limitations, but interdisciplinary and investigative artist practices are viewed with particular interest. The art project is intended to be time-limited, and it is a requirement that it results in a public format. The project outline should state the relevance to Vardø.

Artists / artist groups selected will receive production support of NOK 80,000, which includes an artist fee of NOK 20,000 and travel support of NOK 10,000. (The artists are free to apply for additional funding for the project.)
The selected artists will together with NNKS representatives be invited to visit Vardø to conduct preliminary research and meet possible local collaborators. NNKS covers artists’ travel and accommodation costs for this trip.

Vardø (Northern Sami; Várggát, Kven: Vuorea, Finnish: Vuoreija)
Vardø is the easternmost town of Norway. It has a population of approximately 2000 people and is the only town in Finnmark where you can experience a continuous pre-war architecture originating from before the Second World War. It is the region´s oldest fishing village and was known as the Pomeranian capital, as it was a centre for trade with Russia in the 19th century. In more recent times Vardø is home for the Steilneset memorial, the Nordic championship of snowball throwing (part of the Yukigassen) and where Kystopprøret (the coastal uprising) originated.

The application must contain:
• cv
• project sketch where the relevance to Vardø should be stated
• budget
• documentation / images relevant to the project sketch: up to 8 photographs / illustrations.
For large files (videos/sound), please insert a link to the server/website/YouTube/Vimeo where the file can be viewed.
Documentation from recently completed projects as reference for the proposal.

Application and all documentation must be submitted as a single PDF, this file should not be larger than 10 MB.
Send it to post@nnks.no with “Application Vardø 2020” in the subject field.

Deadline for submitting your application: 23rd of March 2020
The outcome of the selection procedure will be communicated by e-mail week 14.

NNKS does not undertake to select any of the submitted proposals.

Background: Over the past two years, the North Norwegian Art Center has commissioned and presented a series of art projects in Mo i Rana. Alongside the new art projects NNKS has actualized art´s presence in the town of Mo through several public presentations and meetings. The launch of the NNKS activities in Vardø is a successor to this context-specific long-term project. Between 2020 and 2022, NNKS will continue the long-term commitment at a selected location in Northern Norway, this time Vardø in the county of Finnmark.
Link to previous NNKS projects in Mo i Rana

North Norwegian Art Center (NNKS) is a regional art center for the whole of Northern Norway. NNKS is located in Svolvær in Lofoten. The center works with gallery exhibitions, artist in residence activities and public art projects. NNKS also runs the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF). NNKS was founded in 1979 and owned by regional artist organizations.