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

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
December 22, 2019
Merry Christmas

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


November 18, 2019
The selections for 2020

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

November 18, 2019
Open Studio November

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

October 18, 2019
Open Studio Oktober


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:


September 2, 2019

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.

August 28, 2019
Open Studio August

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


July 22, 2019
Open Studio July 2019

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

June 20, 2019
Open Studio June 2019

Book Release Kit Kelen, Saturday 1. juni  

”GLASFJORDEN” bokslepp, Messen og Kabuso

How does an artist, who comes from the other side of the world experiences the meeting with Norway and Norwegians?

The Australian poet, artist and literature professor Kit Kelen has travelled many times to the artist residency KHMessen in Ålvik. During his residency months he was inspired to write poems about the landscape, the seasons and people. These poems are now published in Australia. One of the poems “Takk for alt” was awarded by the annual journal “Best Australian Poems”.

The book ”Glasfjorden” is a selection of poems of Kelens “Hardanger poems”, translated in Norwegian by Odveig Klyve. 

Saturday 1. juni kl 16 30 book release in Messen, Ålvik, and
Sunday 2. juni kl 14 30 in Kabuso, where Kit Kelen and Odveig Klyve will read poems of ”Glasfjorden” in Norwegian and English. Those who will visit the book release receive an free version.


Here is a fragment of a Poor Man’s Coat in Australia:

”The poems focus on the poet’s self and its interactions with a very distinctive environment. It’s not just that the emphasis is on sky, clouds, rain, mountain, trees, fjord, what is more important is the way the locations make the interaction (and arrangement) of these elements absolutely specific. The blue sky usually appears between trees and its appearances are determined by the season; similarly, the sun is always seen in different positions dependent on its season”…”Since seasonality becomes more important the closer one gets to the poles it’s no surprise that two of the book’s divisions include poems of summer and poems of autumn. The poems of the former celebrate the dominance of sun and warmth: the fjord (“a little whale’s way”) looks like a glass mirroring the sky, ivy “strikes up / as if just thought of” and the sun is “reluctant to set”.–Australian Poetry review by Martin Duwell 

”Hardanger is a region in Norway. It is a place noted for its beautiful landscape, especially its mountains and fjord, as well as its cultural heritage.  The poems in this collection were drafted there, during two residencies in the town of Ålvik…”

 Now that Poor Man’s Coat has been published, I predict that Ålvik is going to be deluged with applications from poets wanting to go there.  Even if we could tap into just a little of the inspiration Kit found, surely it would be worth it!”   

”Scattered through Poor Man’s Coat, are some striking black and white photographs: tall trees, a human shadow over low stone, shining light on the fjord … One of them is of a gravestone, on which the words translate to “Thanks for everything”.  That could be an apt summary of the overall feeling of this collection. Although there’s room here for sardonic questioning and a curiosity about why so many graves would have that inscription, there is a kind acknowledgement in these poems that life is good, and that it is worthy of a thank you.

That is also what I want to say after reading Poor Man’s Coat. “Takk for alt”, Kit. Thank you for everything. It has been a great joy to read this collection.  There is a whole, charmed world in this book and I cannot recommend it too highly.”

Odveig Klyve


May 24, 2019
Book Release Kit Kelen, Saturday 1. juni