AiR in Ålvik, Hardanger Kunstnarhuset Messen (Arthouse Messen) is an art centre in the heart of the Hardangerfjord. Messen is situated in the small village of Ålvik. The Hardanger region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its beautiful landscape.
Kunstnarhuset Messen consists of three floors of 420 square metres. Messen was built in 1918 as an administration building for the local metal-industry company Bjølvefossen. The building is very spacious and has a special atmosphere. The centre offers an artist-in-residence programme for Norwegian and international artists of all disciplines.
In Kunstnarhuset Messen you live and work together with other guest artists and artists from the region. At the moment there are seven artists from the region working in the house on a daily basis, and we can have up to 5 guests staying in the house at the same time.
The artist-residency can have duration up to 3 months. We have a host couple, artists, living and working in the house.
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Kunstnarhuset Messen has been supported by Arts Council Norway, seven Hardanger municipalities and Hordaland County Council.