Open Studio January

We like to invite to the first Open Studio of 2020 at KHMessen.
The artists that have a working period at our residency are:

Natalia Mikhalchuk, illustrator from Russia
Jaya Stenquist, writer from USA
Sandra Blichert, visual artist from Danmark living in Norway

During the evening our writer-in-residence Jaya is giving a short writing workshop for the visitors!

Merry Christmas

I´ve had a fantastic residency at KHMessen this year !
A little bit warmer than expected, Ho Ho Ho !

It is a strange feeling that I now have to leave this lovely place knowing that I have to go back to the dark and arctic North and to my daily job.
This house really fits me, just looking at the colors…

I will really miss Hans with his introduction talk, chatting with Simone and the kids running through the house.
I got so much done here; worked on creative writing of some poems, made a fantastic new painting, did some sculpting, package design, wrote a new piece for the piano and an orchestra. Oh… and I wrote the first 3 chapters of my biography.

All these creative people around me in the house made it all super dynamic.
I got addicted to cold water swimming in the fjord ! I am not the first one so it seems!
I did some gardening and planted Christmas trees and my reindeer helped Hans to cut the grass.
I lost weight too and I didn’t even miss the candy !
Everybody in Ålvik said hello to me as if they knew me already !

I definitely will apply again in a few years. Maybe I choose summer than.

Santa Claus Dec 2019

The selections for 2020

We like to announce the selected artists for a residency at KHMessen in 2020:

Selections 2020:

Natalia Mikhalchuk – Russia
Jaya Stenquist – USA
Sandra Blichert – Danmark
Annette Cook – Australia
Mikiko Fujita – Japan
Gregory Gan- Canada
David Clark – Canada
Olivia Brelsford – Massey – UK
Marion Blume – Germany
Julie Rafalski – UK
Alexandra Jegerstedt – Norway
Kate Finegan – USA
Luke Conroy / Anne Fehres – 
The Netherlands / Austria
Nadine Sander-Green – Canada
Vardi Bobrow – Israel
Marie Bink van Vollenhoven – The Netherlands
Beth Frey – Canada
Noor van der Brugge – The Netherlands
Sky Kim – USA
Kerstin Mörsch – Germany
Bettina Henkel  – Germany
Vanessa Larsen – Norway
Doris Martens – Germany
Sky Kim – USA
Kerstin Mörsch – Germany
Hellen Abma – The Netherlands
Christopher Squier – USA
Anna Pangalou – Greece
Marloes Staal / Timo Hofacker – The Netherlands
Anna Pangalou – Greece
Ben Giles – UK
Johanne Teigen – Norway
Romane Armand – Belgia
Scardoni Eléonore – Belgia
Narumi Hori / Yuhi Kazama – Japan
Moa Johansson – Sweden
Dafna Staretz – Israel
Ingrid Pasmans -The Netherlands
Christoven Tan – Singapore
Beatrice Alvestad Lopez – Norway
Judith Vanistendael – Belgia
Maria Hanl – Austria
Agnieszka Foltyn / Per Stian Monsås
  – Poland / Norway


Open Studio November

This will be our last Open studio for this year. Please be welcome to visit the artists:

Sandra Kruisbrink / Drawing / the Netherlands
Heike Endemann / Sculptures / Germany
Silke Panknin / Photography and installations / Germany
Sidsel Bonde / Danmark / visual artist

Open Studio Oktober


The open studios of Oktober was very colorful, musical and even humoristic.

The participants were:
Carmi Weingrod / visual artist / USA
Ville Tanttu / film director and visual artist / Finland
Anastasios Strikos / Musician composer / Greece
Silke Panknin / Photography and installations / Germany
Paul Burn / sculptor and painter / USA/Germany
Sidsel Bonde / visual artist / Danmark
Anastasia Savinova / visual artist / Russia/Sweden

Some pictures of the evening:

Looking at the works of Anastasia Savinova.

Works of Anastasia Savinova

Works of Anastasia Savinova

Printworks of Carmi Weingrod.

Carmi Weingrod at her studio

Work of Carmi Weingrod

At the studio of Carmi Weingrod

Works of Paul Burn at his studio.

Selfie girl, work of Paul Burn

Work of Paul Burn at his studio

Work of paper and stone, Sidsel Bonde.

At the studio of Sidsel Bonde.

Work of Sidsel Bonde.

At the studio of Silke Panknin.

At the studio of Silke Panknin.

At the studio of Silke Panknin.

Stone collection of Silke Panknin.

At the studio of Anastasios and Ville. Anastasios is giving a mini concert.

Water color works of Anastasios Strikos

Ville Tanttu / film director and visual artist / Finland

At the studio of Ville Tanttu and Anastasios Strikos

At the studio of Ville Tanttu and Anastasios Strikos


OPEN CALL a work period at art residency KHMessen in Norway. Deadline 30th September.

Kunstnarhuset Messen (KH MESSEN) is a non-profit organization supporting artists from all over the world, founded 10 years ago.

KH Messen is an artist residency with living space and studios for 5 artists and an artist couple (kids are also welcome too) at the same time. Every year 40 artists from all disciplines, come to visit Ålvik and KH Messen to engage with other artists and find concentration and inspiration to work.

In the house there is a graphic printmaking studio. Artist can apply for a minimum of one month up til a three months stay.

KH Messen is supported by Hordaland Fylkeskommune, Kvam herad, Norsk Kulturråd, Sparebanken Vest, Sparebankstiftinga Hardanger and Hardangerrådet.

KH MESSEN is situated in the village of Ålvik in the fjord landscape of Hardanger in Norway.

The town of Ålvik, initially farmland, evolved rapidly from the beginning of the 20th century when a hydropower plant was built to provide power for a factory producing ferro-alloys for the international metal industry. The town was built up around the factory for the workers to live in. All houses and infrastructure built from the drawings of one architect; Nicolai Beer. One of these houses were the large administrative building called Messen. Today owned and run as an artist residency by the artist organization Kunstnarhuset Messen.

Ålvik and Messen is found in the Hardangerfjord. To the north, large lakes on the mountain plateau create waterfalls and rivers running down the steep mountains from 1000 meters above sea level. To the south, the solid boulders continue downwards deep in the fjord to 900 meters below sea level.

It is rare to see the connection between the resources of nature creating the industry that creates a society so clearly as in Ålvik.

Bergen, one of the largest cities in Norway, is situated two hours to the west of Ålvik.

Bergen has several museums, art galleries, art schools and artist residencies. KH Messen is connected to organizations like Gallery KRAFT, Hordaland Kunstsenter (Art Centre) and AiR USF Verftet.

Use our online application form to apply:


Open Studio August

Thank you all for a very inspiring Open Studio yesterday evening. It was impressive, delicate, colorful and full of wonderful sounds and film!

An impression of the evening:

Ingrid Simons with her fresh new blue series that she made during the residency at Messen.


Collage with drawing, Lucia Veronesi

Collage wall at the studio of Lucia Veronesi

Collage and painting, work of Lucia Veronesi

Work of Barbara Holler at there studio.

Wall drawing at the studio of Barbara Holler


Kala Pierson made a wonderful sound piece in collaboration with Barbara Holler and she presented a music piece that she has been working on during her stay at KHMessen.

Kala Pierson

Video (presented on a mobile phone) and text made by Iris Blauensteiner during the residency.

video still of the work of Iris Blauensteiner.

Open Studio July 2019

We like to invite you to the Open studio on the summer evening of 26th July at KHMessen at 19:00.
An interesting and diverse group of international artists is opening their studio this evening and will show the process and work that they have made during their residency period at KHMessen.
Welcome !

This months artists are:
Monika Auch / the Netherlands
Dabal Kim / South Korea
Dong Hun Sung / South Korea
Adi Hoffman / Israel
Catherine Sheedy / Canada
Ross Donlon / Australia


Impression Open Studio June

Impression of the Open Studio of June at KHMessen.

Zoie So / Hong Kong / Visual artist
Joanna Rotkin / USA / Dance
Filipa Pontes / Portugal / Drawing
Viscount Kit Kelen / Australia / Writer and visual artist
Carol Archer / Australia / Drawing and painting
Monika Auch / the Netherlands / Visual artist
Ross Donlon / Australia / Poetry
Wim van den Toorn / the Netherlands / painting

Open Studio June 2019

Welcome to a new OPEN STUDIO at KHMESSEN !
This will be an exciting evening with readings, studio visits and meeting the artists.

Joanna Rotkin (USA) – dance
Zoie So (HK) – visual artist
Kit Kelen (AUS) – writer and painter
Monika Auch(NL) – textile artist
Carol Archer (AUS) – drawings and printmaking
Filipa Pontes (Portugal) – drawings
Ross Donlon (AUS) – writer