Open call for Artists in Residence, Businesses in Residence and Chefs in Residence, Træna 2019.


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.

Deadline for submissions in 2019: November 15th  2018.

Click here for application forms 




The criteria we look for when going through the submissions are:

  • Level of the applicant’s professional expertise (within art, business, design, or which ever field you come from)
  • Community involvement / Local contribution
    What effects will the project have in the local community? Residents interested in the involvement of the community and participation in the local/regional context is important.
  • Level of Innovation
    New knowledge, new activities, new art, new business ideas etc
  • Potential Spin-offs
    Is it possible that the project may contribute to further development after completion of the project? Or could it build on something already going on?



If you would like to have an idea on what to create on the island that suits well with ongoing areas of focus, take a look here:

  • Year of Architecture
    In Træna we are celebrating the year of architecture. Projects linked to new or historical building traditions, on-site-projects or restoring projects could fit well.
  • Winter & summer festival
    Projects that could be performed during, or linked to, one of our festivals (Winter festival Træna Taken by Storm “Ta Træna med Storm” 14-17. February or Trænafestival 11-13. July)
  • Selvær
    The second biggest island in Træna is called Selvær, with 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, the innovative seaweed company and for its community spirit. Selvær are specially looking for new inhabitants and families, so here you can apply as a family or with a project idea. The community in Selvær also says they want a sauna! Check out Selvær on selvaer.no
  • Træna-Hawaii is a project and history that connects Træna to Hawaii. Projects or proposals that could be linked to this program are welcome to apply.


  • External funding
    Within the existing frames we don’t finance the production costs, but we can help out finding external funding.
  • 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




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.




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




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 realize 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.


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.



Moa Björnson, Head of Development, Træna moa.bjornson@trana.kommune.no
Marit Bertheussen, Manager of Træna Museum marit.bertheussen@gmail.com
Jim Martinussen, Manager Trænafestivalen jim@trena.net 
Ida Buschmann, Church ward, ida.buschmann@trana.kommune.no
Sonja Langskjær, Animator/ Visual Artist, sonja_langskjaer@yahoo.com
Eirin Blomsø, Teacher / Sports instructor, eirin.blomso@gmail.com
Aleksey Virich, Coffe Roaster, virichaleksey@gmail.com






Træna Kommune, Trænafestivalen, Nordland Fylkeskommune, Nordic Culture Point


  1. Hi ! your residency looks wonderful. Someone had told me about it.
    Id like to apply,I was however looking for something for the summer as I will already be in Sweden from the US…have you any programs which run during the Summer?Just curious. Thanks.Gary


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