Residency for writers in Svalbard!

Photo: Dagmara Wojtanowicz for Artica Svalbard.

Norwegian PEN is a proud partner in Artica Svalbard – the northernmost artist in residency-programme. Every year Norwegian PEN nominates three writers to a residency in Longyearbyen. Next year it might be you!

Artica Svalbard is an Artist Residency program that allows artists to live and work in Svalbard for a period of one to three months.

This is a unique offer for those who wish for a writing period in Svalbard. To be able to go to Svalbard, you must want to go to Svalbard, for a particular reason. It might be that you’re working on a project that can be linked to the Arctic or the Northern areas, or perhaps because a stay could provide the necessary distance needed to shed some new light on the project? Svalbard can inspire, but it is also a place that can be demanding to live and work from, both physically and mentally. The artists who are granted a residency must therefore really want to stay in Svalbard, for both professional and personal reasons.

Artica Svalbard

Provide an office / workplace in the Artica House, a small flat to stay for free, they cover travel and a scholarship to cover living expenses.

If you are interested in participating, send an application with information about:

  1. The project you wish to work on in Svalbard. The most important thing is to show that this project has a connection to the Northern hemisphere, or that for other reasons it is particularly beneficial to work on the project in Svalbard.
  2. Your motivation for a stay in Svalbard.
  3. Desired period of stay (stay should be a minimum of three weeks) between March and October 2020 or 2021.

Send the application by e-mail to :

Deadline: 1 January 2020.

Artica Residency Programme:
Artica Svalbard will become the world’s foremost trans-artistic Residency Programme. With the participation of engaged international artists from all fields, Artica will stimulate a wider exchange of critical and philosophical ideas, research and artistic expressions, across the circumpolar regions and internationally.