Art house Messen, Ålvik, Norway
Kunstnarhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge

Successful Open Studio

Thank you very much every one that visited the Open Studio last wednesday! We were happy with the well-attended evening. We also like to thank the participating artists for showing their exciting works!

Thank you Ross for you lovely poetry reading, Maia for showing your personal art works, Anastasia for your mundfull performance and videoworks, Sam for interesting view on architecture, Sunniva for your exciting illustrations and Karla for your lovely cutout works and Chris, for your great photos of Ålvik!


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Ross Donlon reading together with Bjørn Otto Wallevik, from his book Sjøvegen.


Ross Donlon reading his poems.

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Works from the studio of Maja Skjøth Hegelund


Anastasia Savinova at het studio showing her videoworks.


Performance of Anastasia Savinova.

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Sam van Strien talking about his work at his studio.

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Sunniva Krogseth´s colorfull illustrations at her studio.

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Karla Caprali showing her cutouts.


One of the Ålvik photograps, of Chris Aadland, that he showed at the Open Studio.

September 29, 2017
Successful Open Studio

Open Studio August

Thank you all for a very inspiring Open Studio this August!


At Ivana Tkalcic studio, watching her new video works, made here during her residency at Messen. (Photos Christian Santana Prinz)


At the studio of Cristina Megia Fernandez.


(Photo Christian Santana Prinz)


Messen inspires…


The sketchwall in studio of Cristina Megia Fernandez.


At Asumi Hayashi studio.


Asumi´s mezzotint print demonstration.

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Asumi Hayashi´s work.


Anna B. Hursh explaining her collaboration with Christian Santana Prinz at their studio.




Ana B. Bursh and Christian Santana Prinz collaboration.


Ross Donlon is reading his poems of Ålvik together with Kristin, who worked on the Sjøvegen book project together with Ross.

August 28, 2017
Open Studio August

Open Studio

Welcome to the Open Studio at 24. August 2017, at 19:00 hrs.

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August 20, 2017
Open Studio

Workshops at KHMessen

Like every year just before the summer holidays, pupils from the local ungdomsskule (secondary school) are visiting KHMessen.
Hans Pulles organizes these events every year, together with the artists that are staying in Messen at that time, and who want to be part. We make a full program starting with a studio tour, where we visit all the studio´s from the artists in Messen. There is a reading about Messen and about what creativity means. And after a short break there are workshops, given by the artists.

This year the workshops were about complex form finding with soap and curved folding exploration with paper. These workshops have as goal to expand the pupils idea of creativity, the function of creativity and of being an artist or designer. And of course to show that it´t FUN !


Marika Kaipainen is showing her community art project through a powerpoint presentation, and demonstrates a clay workshop where the pupils have to clay a face blindfolded (not allowed to watch). They have to trust their hands as being their eyes.


Saurav Roy Chowdury shows his bronze works at his studio.


Despina Nissiriou is showing her creative process at het studio.


After seeing an introduction video about the company Robofold. The folding workshop started, lead by Hans Pulles and Marika Kaipainen. Making a 3D form by folding paper with simpel household tools like plates and knitting needles. Starting with simpel forms, ending with complex forms.




After seeing the introduction video of the architect Otto Frei and Zaha Hadid, the pupils discovered complex forms by using soap. Bending aluminium threads into soap holders, and then explore and play. The workshop was lead by Despina Nissiriou and Saurav Roy Chowdury.


These workshops are financial supported by NORSK KULTURRÅD and SPAREBANKSTIFTINGA HARDANGER.

June 27, 2017
Workshops at KHMessen

Open Studio May

Last week we made a tour to the Open Studio´s of the artists who stayed at Messen during the last two months.

Thank you Edith, Elisabeth, Yuko, Larissa and Agnieszka, for showing us your wonderful works!

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Yuko Kinouchi, videoworks.

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Elisabeth Alterburg, Installation, objects.



Larissa Borteh, paintings and drawings.


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Agnieszka Kozlowska, photography



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Edith Meijering, paintings in watercolor.

May 31, 2017
Open Studio May

Open Studio

On Tuesday 14th March, at 19:15 there will be a new Open Studio evening at KH Messen.

Don´t miss it !


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March 11, 2017
Open Studio

Meet our new logo

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Is it a cat, is it an owl, is it a face…… no…. it is the New LOGO for KHMessen!

Messen is working on a complete new housestyle, and this new logo is part of it.
It is representing the red house, with a little bit of factory, Ålvik historie, and with a free cartoony character.

From now on we will read and write with the new logo!


February 21, 2017
Meet our new logo