OPEN CALL: Researcher in Residence program (RiR)

Overview of the town Tønsberg. Haugar kunstmuseum in the centre with trees on the sides. Housing area in the background.

The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Haugar Art Museum, is pleased to announce an open call for the Researcher in Residence program (RiR) in August in Åsgårdstrand, Norway. The call is aimed at Finnish and Finland-based art researchers.

The Researcher in Residence program is a joint effort between Haugar Art Museum and Munch’s House in partnership with Horten Municipality and Vestfold County Council. RiR offers an opportunity for art researchers to live and work in the picturesque town of Åsgårdstrand. The town is known for housing the only remaining intact home of Edvard Munch, and scenes from many of his iconic paintings come alive in the narrow, quaint streets.

RiR was established in 2022 with the mission of bringing art-related research from both national and international scholars to strengthen the academic research at Haugar Art Museum in Tønsberg and Munch’s House in Åsgårdstrand.

Finnish and Finland-based art researchers

Length and dates of stay

From two to four weeks in August 2024

The researcher is required to present their ongoing research in Åsgårdstrand and at the Haugar Art Museum (two presentations). A fee of NOK 8,000 will be paid for the presentations (NOK 4,000 per presentation).

Travel costs and accommodation will be covered. The funding includes a weekly grant of NOK 4,000.

RiR provides comfortable accommodations in a small, detached house in the town centre of Åsgårdstrand, located within walking distance of the shoreline and previous home of Edvard Munch (Munch’s House). The facilities are suitable for research-related work and writing. The accommodation is self-contained, and the quirky layout of the house might not be suitable for persons with limited mobility due to narrow access to the kitchen/bedroom as well as the entrance stairs.

How to apply
Please send us the following documents in PDF format:

  • a statement of intention for your project (max. 1 page)
  • your CV that includes your academic credentials
  • a list of your previous publications
  • preferred dates in August 2024
  • travel plan and budget (we encourage travelling by sustainable means if possible)
  • include details of where you found out about the open call

Deadline: 22 March 2024. Proposals must be submitted no later than 23:59 (CET) with the e-mail heading RIR Open Call 2024.
Language of application: English
Send applications to:
Applicants will be informed of the selection during week 17 (22.-26.4.2024).

The researcher in residence will be chosen by Haugar Art Museum and the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute.

15 February 2024: Call opens
22 March 2024: Application deadline
Week 17 (22.-26.4.2024): Applicants will be informed of the selection
August 2024: Residency period

Image: Residency in Åsgårdstrand

Questions concerning the residency can be sent to:
Hanne Hagen Eriksen

About the partners

Haugar Art Museum

Haugar Art Museum is a contemporary art museum with an art collection and special exhibitions focusing on Norwegian and international art. Haugar Art Museum works actively to convey contemporary art in a varied form to a large audience. We aim to be an inclusive place where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome. The museum collaborates locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through our exhibitions and educational programs.

Munch’s House

Munch’s House: The property in Åsgårdstrand is Edvard Munch’s only preserved home. Edvard Munch bought the small house in 1898. He called it Lykkehuset (Happy House). The house is built in timber on one floor and is paneled on the outside. The interior was modest. In the living room, which also served as the painter’s bedroom, there were two large wooden beds, a worktable, an old folding table, corner cupboards, and two armchairs. Many of his personal belongings are still in the house.

He also built a studio just south-east of the house. The studio was later demolished and rebuilt as a replica. After Munch’s death in 1944, Horten Municipality acquired the house and grounds, and it has been a museum site since 1947.

The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute
The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute promotes cultural exchange between Finland and Norway. Our aim is to strengthen co-operation, dialogue, and mobility between professional practitioners of art and culture in both countries.

Header image: Haugar Art Museum