The Rock

The ROCK -

artist residence  

Our residency

The ROCK artist residence is located on the beautiful 18th century
Eker Gård in Skammestein, a few minutes from the breathtaking
Jotunheimen area with more than 250 mountain peaks, including
Northern Europe´s two largest peaks: Galdhøpiggen and
The farm offers a professionaly run gallery showing well-known
artists, a barn with a capacity for housing concerts, parties, courses
and studios.
We also have an ongoing development of a permaculture garden
in collaboration with the Kvann organization.

The Artist in Residence program is open to Norwegian and
international artists.
The individual program is designed together with the artist. The
residency period is a minimum of 1 week and up to 6 weeks.
To work and live in Øystre Slidre is a true inspiration. Both on a
personal and an artistic level.
The culmination of the residency will be your own exhibition in the
main gallery or suitable location
on the farm.

The name

So why the name Rock?

The Rock is linked to the place name Skammestein, which in
Norwegian means a flat rock.

Just above the farm towers the Valdres mountain range … one iconic mountain In particular. In the field outside is a stone with history from the previous ice age.

Jotunheimen, which is a few kilometers from the farm, is one of Norway most beautiful and wild mountain areas.

Beitostølen (nearby) has for many years hosted a music festival called ‘Troll

The people

The program is run by sculptor Anni Onsager, and the experienced
gallerist Sigmund Bakken, and the Eker Gård Culture & Nature Company.

Anni Onsager(see bio), the owner, studied Visual Art & Sculpture
at West Dean College in England ( Sussex University) where she,
graduated with a masters degree.

Sigmund Bakken and Einar Onsager (our farm hand and hospitality co-ordinator) will make sure you and your visitors have
an amazing experience at our gallery. Sigmund is the curator and
Einar will make sure you as an artist and all the guests have a
fabulous time and feel reallywelcome.

Practial information

Housing and studio

We offer accommodation in a small cabin with 2 beds and private bathroom and own kitchen and guests can use the farm facilities. Vegetables and herbs can be harvested in the permaculture
garden during the summer months. There are several rooms available for studio space.

We will also show you around to experience the area nature and culture and help you with equipment and any other necessary
Price per mimimum 1 week stay is Nok 1100 ( food not included). The price includes housing & studio, bed linen & towels, access to washing machine, private kitchen and bathroom and Wi-Fi.

Time period

A stay can be adapted to the artist`s wishes , but must be a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 6 weeks.

You can bring your own car. You can rent a car at the airport. Or take a bus that has frequent daily departures to/from Oslo and several other places via Fagernes.
We can pick you up at the bus stop but it is also possible to walk to
the farm from there.


Selection process for an Artist in Residency:
Your applications will be evaluated by

Anni Onsager, Sigmund Bakken and 1-2 experts in the artistic field.
The application process is based on professional assessment and
whether we can offer what the artist desires from his stay.
We also want the artist to experience and to make use of the
inspirational surroundings, both natural and cultural, that the farm and Valdres in general has to offer.
We do not want to set strict limits on the type of application and we welcome artists in Visual Arts, Audiovisual art, Literature, Music and Performing arts .

At Eker Gård our desire is to see artists blossom and be the best
version of themselves.
Hope to see you soon!

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