AiR Green – Artist Residency at Søndre Green farm

Anniken Jøsok Hessen weaving at AiR Green spring 2021
Artist Residency at Søndre Green farm for artists whose work relates to the textile media

AiR Green 2022


The deadline for the AiR Green residency programmes 2022 has passed. Stay updated on new opportunities here or learn more at Norwegian Textile Artists (NTK).

Norwegian Textile Artists announces an artist-in-residence opportunity for artists whose work relates to textile media. The residency is at Søndre Green farm in Noresund, at the foot of the Norefjell mountain range in Krødsherad Municipality, Buskerud County, Norway. With this residency, NTK aims to create an arena for concentration and in-depth research, to contribute to the development and presentation of textile art, and to promote contact between artists who use different approaches to textile media. Norwegian Crafts and the Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association (Norges Husflidlag, Norefjell) contribute in a resource group for the residency.

All professional artists who work with textile media, Fiber art, or who have a project relating to textiles. Artists can apply individually, or as groups. The residency applies solely to the artists (it does not extend to family members, partners, etc.). The residency is open to international artists.

The application form for artist residency in 2022 spring and fall has passed.

Application deadline: Tuesday, 14 November 2021

Two residency periods: 
·      2 May–30 May
·     15 August–12 September

NTK’s board will select participants based on the submitted material. For questions about the artist residency, please contact Karianne Sand at NTK:
Email: dl@softgalleri.no / Telephone: (+47) 90 11 54 29

The open call for AiR Green Studio in the fall 2022 will be announced at a later date.

This film shows a visit to Air Green in spring 2021. The residency is introduced by one of its organisers and host at Søndre Green farm, Kristin Lindberg. The film also presents the four participating artists: Anniken Jøsok Hessen, Ida Immonen, Tonje Plur and Linn Svensson.

About AiR Green

The art residency is for 4 artists and lasts up to 4 weeks. In 2019, the residency has been extended from one to two periods. A place at the residency will be given for one of these two periods.

The residency includes a grant of NOK 5,000 per person (for 4 weeks’ residency). Travel expenses are covered up to NOK 3,500 per person. Artists are given free accommodation and work space.

The farm’s main building (350 m2) is used by the artists during their stay. The house dates back to the 1700s and was completely renovated in 2013/14. It is fully furnished and contains (spread over 2 floors): 3 double bedrooms, 3 single bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 large salon, 3 living rooms, 1 dining room and 1 large kitchen. Both the dining room and kitchen have seating for 12 people. The rooms are divided amongst the artists so as to provide both solitude and fellowship.


WHERE IS AIR GREEN?

Address: Søndre Gren Krøderfjordveien 1300

The residency is at Søndre Green farm, next to the lake Krøderfjorden in the municipality of Krødsherad. It has its own small island, rowboat and beach for swimming.

Beautiful hiking terrain is close at hand: the hill Greensåsen has a hiking trail, a lean-to shelter and a cabin with sleeping facilities. There’s also a trail from the farm itself to Krøderen Kro (1½ km distance), which serves homemade and locally-sourced food. Hike 16 km and you’re above the treeline.

Noresund (the closest village, 3½ km from AiR Green) has shops, petrol stations, a doctor, municipal administration, a hotel and cafés. There is public transportation (a buss) to Søndre Green Farm (sporadic schedule). There is also a bicycle/walking path from the farm to Noresund, along the lakeside. Bicycles can be borrowed at the farm. The farm is about 90 km from Oslo, a 2-hour bus ride via Hønefoss or Drammen.


WHAT AIR GREEN OFFERS

In addition to excellent accommodations in a historic, newly-restored farmhouse, the artists have the opportunity to work in large spaces in several of the farm buildings:

‘Hovedhuset’ (main farmhouse): workroom in ‘salen’ (the large salon) (40m2).

‘Bryggerhuset’ (brewing house): workroom / wet room (40m2).

‘Driftsbygning /låve’ (barn): project room / workroom (3m width x 16m length x 4,80m height, plus extra height due to open-truss ceiling. This room has good lighting and the possibility of working from the barn bridge.

‘Sommerfjøs’ (summer barn): workroom (35m2).

AiR Green provides good conditions for different approaches to artistic practice, for reflection and in-depth study, for working on your own in the main house and/or using the natural surroundings.

You can also immerse yourself in textile craft through the farm’s rich collection of vertical looms, flat looms and other relevant equipment. The farm’s Spælsau (Old Norwegian Short Tail Landrace sheep) provide wool for spinning and dyeing. The local nature provides herbs and plants for dyeing wool.

Key to AiR Green is the encounter between different artistic practices with the textile as a common starting point. The four artists who are juryed into each residency will live together and will be given the opportunity to share and learn from each other.

Each artist must share his or her practice in the form of an Open Day at the farm in the last weekend of the residency and / or give a presentation and an artist talk at Buskerud Kunstsenter. More information about this will be given in advance of the artist residency and customised to the individual applicant.

AiR Green Studio

NTK offers two different artist residencies at Søndre Green farm, AiR Green and AiR Green Studio. AiR Green Studio is for only one artist with a duration of two months. This residency is offered for one period in the spring and one period in the fall. The residency includes a grant of NOK 10,000 (for 2 months residency). Travel expenses are covered up to NOK 3,500. The residency is in the recently rehabilitated Sommerfjøset («Summer barn»), which has been converted into a studio apartment with all facilities.

AiR Green Studio 2022: 2 April–31 May

The open call for AiR Green Studio in the fall 2022 will be announced at a later date. Read more about AiR Green Studio here.

The artist residency programme is made possible through financial support from Krødsherad Municiaplity, Buskerud County and NTK.

Read more about Søndre Green Farm here.

RESOURCES
Norwegian Textile Artists
Norwegian Crafts
The Norwegian Folk Art and Craft Association
Søndre Green Farm