Nordland akademi for kunst og vitenskap

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Founded 1990
Melbu, Norway


AiRV is Vesterålen’s collective boost of art with an international dimension and a firm local foundation, along with varying areas of focus in each place. ​The aim of these five residencies is to help develop identity, knowledge, awareness and experiences. We seek to make Vesterålen visible to others and to reinforce cultural cooperation in the region. The project is intended to leave visible traces and contribute to local development.

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Midnight sun, polar light, mountains and fresh arctic air; People, places and their stories. Vesterålen has 30 445 inhabitants, 1330 islands, 19 bridges, and 1 national park. The archipelago is located in Northern Norway, 200 km north of the arctic circle, bordering on the Lofoten islands in the south. Although the climate is mild thanks to the life giving Gulf Stream, we experience huge contrasts in weather and light through the seasons: From the dark and stormy polar night with northern lights, to comfortable summer days were the sun never sets.

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