Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale 23/24 Special Edition
Longing by Andrius Sirtautas LT, K-lab 2021, foto ©K-lab
OPEN CALL –
Apply by May 23rd 2022
K-LAB is an artist-run, international, interdisciplinary and site-specific platform established in 2007 for art in and with the landscape. Situated in Kjerringøy in Bodø municipality, above the polar circle (67˚ 49’ N and 14˚ 89’ E) in Northern Norway.
The 9th Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale 23/24 Special Edition
Professional, international artists are invited to apply to come and make place-specific land art projects in the stunning region of Kjerringøy in Northern Norway.
The Biennale is an interdisciplinary arena where ecology and a mindful interaction with nature are explored. The work is to explore and interact with the place and the natural and biodegradable materials available there, and investigate, transform, alter, reflect or commune with these on site. The activities should not contain any artificial materials and should be made in mindful ways with respect for the place and its inhabitants, creatures great and small. The work will integrate with the landscape or be temporary and gradually decompose.
Kjerringøy is a place of outstanding natural beauty. The landscape is steeped in wilderness and is breathtakingly beautiful with dramatic mountains, woodlands and marshlands, lowland and highland lakes and rivers deltas meeting fjords and the sea all around. The area has a great variety of wild flora and fauna, which makes a spectacular setting for just being and making creative and land based work.
The population of the Kjerringøy region is close to 500 people but attracts many summer visitors.
K-Lab is part of the European Capital of Culture 2024 in Bodø
For this occasion, K-Lab has a special programme: the selected artists are invited to stay for two longer periods – early summer 2023 and 2024. The idea is that each artist plan and develop a site-specific work of art to be ready for presentation in summer 2024. K-Lab expects each of you to prepare a public presentation.
In this project, each artist will have about 2 x 5 weeks onsite, working with both concept and materials. K-Lab is also offering workshops for the artists, focusing on local materials and traditional crafts.
This particular edition of Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale will have the qualities both of the previous biennials and of our newly established Kjerringøy Artist in Residence. K-Lab will meet travel costs, accommodation and an artist fee, as well as a few other opportunities for income.
Professional artists, architects, performers etc can apply. The final number of artists will be between 6 and 8. During 2022, K-Lab is still working to improve the project budget and minor things may change along the way.
Work area from Fjære and almost to Strandå
Link to google map
Picture in the middel and right, A possible place to work, and a hole island as a site.
Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale 23/24 Special Edition
For the first time, Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale is initiating a project spanning two years, including two longer stays in Kjerringøy.
K-Lab’s aim is to create an environment where artists both find inspiration and inspire others. K-Lab’s emphasis is on studying and working site-specific in and with the landscape.
Each artist will have the opportunity of choosing between several sites around Kjerringøy to work in during the spring and summer months. As part of your first stay, in 2023, the artist group will have an offer of two workshops with professional traditional craftspeople.
From you individual artists, K-Lab asks for workshops and artist talks. This will add an extra fee to your account. You can choose your level, from junior school to university. The talk can be held locally in Kjerringøy or in Bodø Art Association’s gallery.
We also hope to be able to pay each of you for some studio time at home, between the two periods in Kjerringøy. The organiser will keep in touch, updating you on matters involving your project for the Biennale on site.
In 2024, you will have a second stay for one month in Kjerringøy to produce and finish your work. You will present your work during a public mini seminar in Bodø or in Kjerringøy.
The official opening, 6th – 7th July, will be in collaboration with Bodø 2024, European Capital of Culture.
We will try to provide assistants and qualified help for a limited period during your production.
The areas we can use are places we have agreed upon from Fjære to Os (Photo: Kjerringøy map).
There will be separate agreements with the landowner(s) for each spot.
Artist in Residence 2023 1st May – 25th June
The stay is divided into two overlapping periods:
Group 1: 1st May – 4th June
Group 2; 22nd May – 25th June
Workshops and seminar: 22nd – 28th May
The artists will be split into 2 groups. The first arriving on May 1st and staying for 5 weeks, the second arriving on May 22nd, also for 5 weeks. This makes an overlap of two weeks when all the artists live together and get to know each other. This is also when the artists get 2 workshops with professional craftpersons pursuing traditional crafts: 3 days with basket- making techniques using natural, found materials, 3 days with a boatbuilder, and ‘lafting’ – traditional housebuilding techniques without the use of nails. We will also have a mini seminar on the 7th day where each of you present an 8-minute artist talk (showing relevant documentation of your previous works). The second week of your joint stay, K-Lab has several small local surprises for you.
During the first and last 3 weeks, the artists are encouraged to offer workshops on a chosen subject to schoolchildren or students. Planning of this will be done in collaboration with K-Lab. Your artist talk – about 20 minutes – will be held in Kjerringøy or at Bodø Art Association’s gallery.
We plan and hope to provide an artist fee covering 2 weeks’ work at your home studio.
Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale 2024
The focus is producing the artwork
Starting: 1st June-5th July 2024
Opening weekend: 6th-7th June 2024
This second stay in Kjerringøy is for you to make and finish your work for the grand opening of the Biennale.
Within the two first weeks you present your project public during a mini seminar in Bodø or at Kjerringøy. You will also present your own work at the official opening on site.
K-Lab will arrange to get assistants and professional helpers within our budget.
The official opening is in collaboration with Bodø 2024, European Capital of Culture.
Funding during the residency in 2023
We have secured funding for accommodation and a workshop area. We provide travel support for the least expensive and most nature-friendly way of travelling. Tell us if your travel will be expensive. We have funding for an artist fee of NOK 10,000. (All amounts will be payed in relevant value in your country. The numbers may be changed due to the increasing prices in Norway and possibly less support)
Possibilities for additional income during your stay in 2023
One-day workshop with classes from Kjerringøy School, 1st – 10th grade, or at Nord University. You will be paid NOK 5000.
1 – 2artist talks at Bodø Art Association’s gallery and/or at Kjerringøy Trading Post. You will receive NOK 2000.
About the work to get the extra support during your stay in 2023
This year, we are starting a collaboration with Nord University in Bodø. The main structure of this will be for their students to come to Kjerringøy and have workshops with you, or for you to give lectures at the university, if the themes suit their study programme. Our planning for this collaboration will continue in 2023.
K-Lab will arrange for artist talks to take place at the arts venue in Bodø as well as for the local public in Kjerringøy. Any event you plan during your stay – tiny or bigger – will be held in collaboration with K-Lab. The organizer will support your ideas (within reasonable limits) to make it work for your artistic purpose.
This programme responds to the individual artistic practice of the resident, and video meetings (Skype, Zoom, etc) between the programme manager and the artist can be conducted in preparation for the residency. We can arrange for exhibitions, performances, film shows or photos at either the working area or other local spaces. K-Lab will present all artists at the Bodø Art Association’s gallery and locally as well as on social media.
Funding for 2024
At present, we can guarantee an individual payment of NOK 30,000 after the opening 6th – 7th July. We have two more years to build on this support.
If you have the possibility of applying for individual funding, you are recommended to do so.
We are renting Kjerringøy Prestegård [Vicarage] for this occasion. You'll have separate rooms in the cosy, furnished barn and studios are in the main house.
Take the train or plane to Bodø, and then bus 400 to Festvåg. Take the ferry from Festvåg to Misten on the Kjerringøy side where a new bus will take you to Kjerringøy church/school and we will meet you there.
Bodø-Kjerringøy by car, including the ferry (15 mins), takes approximately 1¼ hours. Allow at least 40 minutes from Bodø to the ferry at Festvåg.
You and your work can/will be photographed and filmed by a professional photographer during the periods of your stay. This is for you, for promoting Kjerringøy Art Base Camp AS, K-Lab, AiR Kjerringøy and Bodø 2024. We are planning to make a book/catalogue after the event. We hope to continue our collaboration with The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS) Den Culturelle Skolesekken, DKS, Nordland County.
NOTE: There can be changes due to Covid 19. We follow Norwegian Health Department and local authority guidelines.
Please read the text above thoroughly
All applications must be submitted to this e-mail address: email@example.com
When submitting your application, the following documents must be attached (max. 15MB in total):
- Artist statement (max. 500 characters)
- Motivation for applying (max. 1500 characters)
- CV with a link to your website
- Artist biography (max. 300 characters)
- Documentation of previous, relevant projects: image, video, sound, text, portfolio etc (max. 10 works) with links/texts, 1 per project.
- Mention what genre of workshop you might do with pupils (optional).
- We also have contact with and ambitions of working with Nord University in Bodø. If you are comfortable with giving lectures at university level, we are interested in hearing about your topics, or longer artist talks (optional).
Use this mail for questions and for sending your application: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are accepted into the Biennale programme, we will have personal contact concerning the further practicalities of travelling, finances and so on.
The jury is:
Rita Marhaug, artist in printmaking and performance, producer and curator. www.ritamarhaug.com
Per Bjarne Boym, independent art historian, critic and curator https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_Bjarne_Boym
Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, artist, curator and senior art adviser to Oslo municipality
Ane Øverås, artist and owner and producer of Kjerringøy Art Base Camp AS (AiR Kjerringøy and Kjerringøy Land Art Biennale).
Pictures from various places in various seasons around Kjerringøy
To come, pictures from the different sites