Open call for Artists / Businesses / Chefs in Residence 2020 *


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.

* We will soon also launch Families in Residence and Bureaucrats in Residence

Every year we make one Open Call with submission deadline (next call will be autumn 2020). But it is also possible to submit applications throughout the year.

The AIR Træna Jury will process the proposals as promptly as possible.

Link to the APPLICATION form


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 project that lasts! 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
    Projects that involve the younger generation in the island community are interesting!
    Sport activities or projects are welcomed by the kids.
  • Selvær
    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
  • Winter festival Ta Træna med Storm & Trænafestivalen
    Projects that could be in connection to one of our festivals  Ta Træna med Storm (Træna Taken by Storm 13-15 February) or Trænafestival (9.-11.July).
  • 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.
  • Light Design
    We have had a business in residence project with Osram focusing on urban lighting. We are very open to continue the lighting projects on the island!
  • Radio journalists or Podcast producers
    Come and help us building up our podcast: CODCAST



  • 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 and get in touch if you want to establish contact during your application process



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

  1. Community involvement / Local contribution
    What effects will the project have in the local community? Projects interested in the involvement of the community and participation in the local/regional context is important.
  2. Level of the applicant’s professional expertise (within art, business, design or the field you come from)
  3. Level of Innovation
    New knowledge, new activities, new art, new business ideas etc
  4. 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? We prefer projects that has a long-term perspective.



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

Open for application all year around.


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.



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.


Read more about what is happening in Træna at 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


Moa Björnson, Head of Development, Træna
Marit Bertheussen, Manager of Træna Museum
Ida Buschmann, Church ward,
Sonja Langskjær, Animator/ Visual Artist,
Eirin Blomsø, Teacher / Sports instructor,
Aleksey Virich, Coffe Roaster,  
Marianne Olsen Sjøset, Manager Trænafestivalen 


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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