Utsira Lighthouse

Utsira Lighthouse
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The municipality of Utsira, Rogaland, offers artist residency in the house of a former lighthouse keeper at Utsira Lighthouse. The lighthouse area is preserved under the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act.

About the Residency

Sea, sky, sound, and light. The municipality of Utsira offers an artist residency at the lighthouse station. Utsira lighthouse is part of the National Plan for Preservation of Lighthouses in Norway. The lighthouse area is preserved under the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act.


The apartment is in a semi-detached house with 2 bedrooms with linen (4 beds), fully equipped kitchen, living room, 1 working/exhibition room, and bathroom. The house was built in the 50s, and is fully restored.


One large working room that can also be used as an exhibition room.

Technical Info

Wireless Internet connection.


Utsira is the smallest municipality in Norway, with approximately 215 inhabitants. Utsira Lighthouse is situated on a hill on the northwest side of the Utsira island, approximately 18 km west of Haugesund. The area is 2 km from the ferry departure point, and it’s possible to drive by car to the house.

Nearest travel interchange:

Paid by the artist/provided by the program

The artist pay a fee for accommodation and cleaning.

  • One day NOK 600
  • Weekend (Friday to Sunday) NOK 1200
  • Week NOK 2500
  • Month NOK 6000.

Cleaning and linen included. Part of the fee can be compensated for by giving a public performance. Expenses such as cost of living, travel, materials, insurance, and transport must be covered by the artist. The artist must apply for possible funding from her / his own home country. There is no Norwegian funding related to this residency.


Artists in any media can apply. Artists must present a CV showing former exhibitions and work as well as an artist statement. Membership in an artist organization is preferred. Read more about the program here.


Utsira web site. Information in English

Photos courtesy Atle Grimsby and Wikipedia Common.


Art from Utsira Lighthouse Station 2011 (in Norwegian only)

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