Open call for Artists / Businesses / Chefs in Residence
Træna, an island community furthest out on the coastline of Helgeland, Norway have been inviting artists, designers, foodies, entrepreneurs and other creatives since we opened our Residency program in 2015.
For us as a small island community with less than 500 inhabitants we focus on welcoming creative people who’d like to try the island life, experiment, learn new things, and contribute to the community through their project and their stay.
Projects can be from a wide range of creative fields, not only the mentioned subjects above. We have experienced everything from light design projects, seaweed research projects, business-start-ups, architectural built on-site-projects, visual art projects, music, anthropology, photography and many more. The most important for us is to build a creative community where both locals and visitors are contributing.
Every year we usually publish one Open Call with submission deadline. Due to Covid-19 we have had to postpone the Open Call for 2021. But it is also possible to submit applications throughout the year.
The AIR Træna Jury will process the proposals as promptly as possible.
POSSIBLE SUBJECTS IN 2021
A lot of applicants get in touch with us before they apply. In order to get an idea on what is going on, we give you a list of potential themes for inspiration!
- Architecture & urban design
We really like projects that last! In small communities meeting places and outdoor spaces are important for the well-being and to make people meet. Projects linked to the outdoor environment, physical on-site-projects or renovation projects are always interesting. The AIR program has so far resulted in saunas, wind shelters and outdoor furnitures being built.
- We welcome Research projects linked to cultural heritage and the Helgeland Museum’s activity.
- Youths and kids & local democracy
Projects that involve the younger generation in the island community are interesting!
Sport activities or projects are welcomed by the kids.
The second biggest island in Træna is called Selvær, with around 50 inhabitants. We have so far had one residency project at this location, and it’s possible to set up again. Selvær is known for its rich bird life, active fishing industry and for its strong community spirit. Check out Selvær on selvaer.no
- Winter festival Ta Træna med Storm & Trænafestivalen
Projects that could be in connection to one of our festivals Ta Træna med Storm or Trænafestival or activities in connection to Velvær(e) på Selvær.
- Træna-Hawaii is a project and history that connects Træna with Hawaii. Projects or proposals that could be linked to this program are welcome to apply.
- European Capital of Culture 2024: Træna towards Bodø 2024
Towards 2024 Bodø and Nordland County will work with growing the cultural connections in the county and reaching out to all of Europe
GOOD TO KNOW
- External funding
Within the existing frames we don’t finance the production costs, but we can help out finding external funding. For bigger projects we normally try to collaborate on applications and funds.
- Collaborations with local partners
If you come up with ideas on projects that include local partners, you might create a project that last even longer. Local firms/organisations are for example: På Træna Kaffebrenneri (local coffee roaster), Badstueforeningen (Local Sauna Club), Selvær Bygdeutvikling (Selvær Community group), Grendahuset Træna (Local Community House, Read more about last summers project Un-Urban Experiments)
- Find out more local partners, and read more about Træna on tenktraena.no and get in touch if you want to establish contact during your application process
- Nordic & Baltic artists
We are looking for nordic collaborations from the Nordic/baltic Countries and are open for proposals from that region!
The criteria we look for when going through the submissions are:
Involvement in the local/regional community, youth & democracy
Artists interested in collaborations with the community and participation in the local/regional context is considered as a must. It will contribute to the artist(s) work and understanding of the place, and it will also contribute to the local understanding. Kids and youths integration is a prioritized area, but other local target groups can be pointed out or a general public.
Artistic competence level & motivation
The level of the applicant’s professional expertise is his/her field of expertise. We are looking for artists from a wide field of expertise, and evaluating from the application proposal but also from their personal motivation and from their work methods.
Newsworthy and sustainability
The projects’ potential for innovation (new knowledge, new activities, new cross-disciplinary art, new ideas or new topics on the agenda etc) is considered. Sustainability aspects and activities that foster more awareness of the global sustainability goals are of importance.
Spin-offs & long-term effects
Is it possible that the project will develop further, either in the local community or where the artist operates normally? Projects that are constructed to get a deeper and more long-term involvement with the community will be prioritized.
OTHER RESIDENCY PROGRAMS IN TRÆNA
BUSINESS IN RESIDENCE
Business in Residence projects can be based on trying out a business concept, researching for starting a local business, using Træna as a testbed for a new product, production or starting a collaboration with a local business. The aim with the Business Residency is to highlight that we need new industry, new work places and that creative people from all fields are very welcome here.
Since this program is wide open, you can use either the form for Application to Artist in Residence, or you can send in your own project proposal.
CHEFS IN RESIDENCE
Welcome to apply to our Chefs Residence. As a chef, foodie, harvester or sommelier you are welcome to Træna to explore the local specialties, develop your skills and share your new concepts with the local community. We offer a creative stay with free housing and accessibility to restaurant kitchens. Link to online application for Chefs in Residence
Open for application all year around.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
As an artist/designer/entrepreneur or chef, you get a free house/studio with some space to be creative in. In addition we help you find the local resources that you need to perform your project. Right now we use one of the new built houses at Fløholmen as flat/studio. There you have a flat with kitchen, one bedroom and one guest room/working room and a open living room/studio. You get a contact person in Træna who will be your local host and you’ll become a part of the island community. In your application to AIR TRÆNA you also define costs for travel and production, although it’s not guaranteed that we are able to cover all costs. For some projects we are able to help you with material cost or production through other funds. But since this is not a guarantee, you can´t base your application on that. Please contact us if you need advice setting up your application or talking through your idea.
WHAT IS TRÆNA?
Træna is a group of islands, a municipality far out to sea, about 33 nautical miles from the mainland. (See map) Here is a daily ferry to Stokkvågen connected to Mo i Rana, and a boat to Bodø or Sandnessjøen. Træna has less than 500 inhabitants located on four different islands. Husøya is the largest, with about 400 residents. Selvær is the next biggest with some 50 inhabitants. Træna is known as one of Norways oldest fishing communities. In recent years the island is also known for Trænafestivalen. Each summer thousands of visitors come to experience our music festival far out at sea.
MORE TO READ:
Read more about what is happening in Træna at www.tenktraena.no or read this little guidebook: A Poor Man’s Connoisseur Coastal Guide To A Magical World, Far Up North, And How The Helvete To Get There written by Wyndham Wallace and Sondre Sommerfelt, produced by Trænafestivalen in cooperation with Træna Municipality.
Read more about previous AIR-projects on this blog or at www.tenktraena.no/air.
CONTACT & MEMBERS of the AIR TEAM
Moa Björnson, Head of Development, Træna firstname.lastname@example.org
Marit Bertheussen, Manager of Træna Museum email@example.com
Sonja Langskjær, Animator/ Visual Artist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eirin Blomsø, Teacher / Sports instructor, email@example.com
Martin Lie, Manager Trænafestivalen firstname.lastname@example.org
AIR TRÆNA HAS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
Træna Kommune, Trænafestivalen, Nordland Fylkeskommune, Nordic Culture Point