Nordic Light
international fEstival of photography

During a couple of days in the springtime, on the rugged west coast of Norway, world renowned photography legends, aspiring photographers, students and others interested in photography, art and culture gather in the small and charming coastal city of Kristiansund. The festival program presents lectures, exhibitions, gallery talks, book signings, workshops, portfolio reviews, breakfast movies and more.

Save the dates for Nordic Light 2019!
8–16 May 2019 in Kristiansund


Photo Art Gallery


The largest exhibition in our gallery is the annual Nordic Light Festival Exhibition. This exhibition shows works from some of the world's leading photographers and is displayed during the festival week and throughout the following summer. 

Our gallery also show several other exhibitions througout the year from other projects managed by Nordic Light, such as our Photo Artist Residency and our exhibition project for young local artists.

Gallery opening hours

Wednesdays 12–15

The opening hours apply only in exhibition periods.

We do open the gallery on request, and/or when Nordic Light staff are available at the gallery.

Entrance to the gallery

Festival Exhibition 2018, entrance summer 2018: 100 NOK

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Artist Residency

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We are very happy to be able to invite photographers to our Photo Artist Residency! Our first Artist in Residence lived and worked here in August/September 2017 and the next in January/February 2018. During the project we will invite three more artists to live and work in the beautiful town Kristiansund for a couple of weeks.

In addition to show work made during their stay in one form or another (usually an exhibition in our gallery), the photographers are expected to do one or more of the following activities (or other activities suggested by the photographer); workshops, lectures etc.

Application dates

There are currently no open applications for the photo artist residency.

Upcoming residency (applications closed): Fall 2018

Previous residencies:

Fall 2017: Anna Adamo

Winter 2018: Inês Marinho


gallery Shop

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In the our shop you will find photo books from world leading photographers, most of them earlier guests at our festival.

We also have a good selection of posters from our guest photographers, as well as post cards, t-shirts, note books and more!

Opening hours

Wednesdays 12–15

The opening hours apply only in exhibition periods.

We also open upon request, and/or when the Nordic Light staff are available in the shop.

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Are you our next
Photo Artist in Residence?

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The Atlantic Road. Photo: Studio 400


Open for applications

Exciting opportunity for professional artists within photography and/or film. Get a lifetime experience and new inspiration, while working for a couple of weeks in our scenic region, surrounded by mountains, fjords and the beautiful, blue light of the Atlantic Ocean.

Application deadline is 6 May 2018 for a residency in August/September this year.

Happenings at Nordic Light