Open Studio September

Welcome to the Open Studio at KHMessen !

Thursday 28. September from kl. 19 – 21

Participating artists:

Per Stian Monsås  /Norge 

Roos Vogels / Nederland

Lynn Cazabon / USA

Mina Arakaki / Japan

Agnieszka Foltyn / Norge/New Zealand

Gunhild Sannes  / Norge

image on front webpage: worktitled: “Shadows” Agnieszka Foltyn

Open Kunstpark og open studio

Exhibition Åse Berit Skeie Ulltang

Neste laurdag opnar Åse Berit Skeie Ulltang utstilling i Kunstnarhuset Messen kl 12 – 15. Velkomen !

Open Studio Oktober

A visual impression of the colorful and dynamic open studio yesterday evening.
We have seen interesting presentations of the artists:

Son Seon Kyung (South Korea)
Kerstin Mörsch (Germany)

Lucia Veronesi (Italy) and (collaboration: All from two)
Paul Burn (USA/Germany) and (collaboration: All from two)

Thank you all for coming !

Animation from Son Seon Kyung
At the studio of Son Seon Kyung
Son Seon Kyung
Kerstin Mörsch in her studio.
At the studio of Kerstin Mörsch
At the studio of Kerstin Mörsch
Lucia Veronesi and her artworks.
Artwork of Lucia Veronesi
Paul Burn and his artwork.
All from two is a collaboration between Paul Burn and Lucia Veronesi.
Art work from the collaboration All from two.

Open Studio October

Welcome to the Open studio on Friday 28. oktober from 19-21

October Artists:

Paul Burn / USA / Tyskland 

Lucia Veronesi / Italia

Kerstin Mörsch / Tyskland

Son Seon Kyung / Sør Korea

Open Call 2023

Applications are now open for a working period in 2023 at KHMessen in Norway!

The Art residence gives time for reflection, research, presentation and production. We welcome visual artists, writers, composer/musicians, performance artists at any stage of their careers who are interested in exploring and expanding their work in a unique and supportive environment. KHMessen consists of artistically crafted and unique living and studio spaces. Time spans are individually based – 1 to 3 months, accommodating 4 to 6 artists at a time.

KHMessen is situated in the small town Ålvik surrounded by mountains and very close to the fjord.

KHMessen AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a community environment surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains and fjords.

The spaces are versatile, providing residents with opportunities to connect and interact with other artists in the house and with the Ålvik community. Also to create and participate with the monthly Open studio and artist talks or house concerts.

Please note: Residency periods are for full calendar month(s) and we ask a fee of 1000 Norwegian Krone per month.

The application for 2023 is open till the end of June 2022.

You can apply with our online application form, that is accessible by this link:


(You can find our online application form on our website under: How to apply)

For more information please email:

Hardanger carpark 2022

Remember the Hardanger carpark at Messen?
The artists Sjaak Langenberg and Rosé de Beer (NL) were responsible for that wonderful art project at KHMessen in 2012.
It received a lot of attention in the papers both in the Netherlands as in Norway. It was a temporary project and the norwegian weather took it away.

Now Sjaak Langenberg and Rosé de Beer have returned to KHMessen on invitation from the Artpark selection committee to re-make the Hardanger carpark. And this time it will last a little bit longer.

The artists are persistent in their way of working and nothing will keep them from painting the parking lot (they even put up their party-tent) ! We are very excited and are looking forward!Read about their work and the parking lot in 2011:

Sublime Landscapes

Ninet Kaijser from the Netherlands was one of our last guest of this year for KHMessen. From now the artist residency goes into hibernation until the first of January when the new guests will arrive again.

Ninet Kaijser makes drawings with color pencils. Her drawings reminded us so much of Norwegian landscapes that it suprised us that she had never been here before.
Just before Ninet left for the Netherlands again we paid her one last visit at her studio to admire the large landscape drawings she has been working on this month.

The typical earthly colors and the absence of humans the landscapes make you feel as if you are part of something huge looking out over water and mountains. You can almost feel the crispy air you often have on a mountain top and the smell of moist moss hangs in the air around you.

The drawings are inspired on the walks Ninet did in the past month. Where she merged with the Norwegian landscape. Sometimes overwhelmed by its beauty. In het studio she revives this feeling and forms the landscape that has been shaped in her mind by memory, smell, sight and inner thoughts. With this she creates a new land-shape.


Johild Mælen – I hus og hage – maleri

18. sept – 09. okt 2021. 

Visningsrommet i Kunstnarhuset Messen opnar ein ny utstilling med maleri av Johild Mæland. Mæland er frå Hardanger og busett på Utne. Ho viser maleri med akryl på plate eller lerret.

Ope Laurdagane klokka 12.00 – 16.30

Mer info på:


And KHMessen is finally OPEN again!

We selected 5 artists from the Open Call to artists living in Norway, to come and stay at Messen in August.

We are very happy to welcome:

  • Bente Tømmerås
  • Johan Söderström
  • Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh
  • Otto Tveit