Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
12. 12 2017
Workshop in Norway: Photographing the Home

Ten photography students or recent graduates from the Nordic countries are invited to Kristiansund in Norway and the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography in April 2018. The stay includes a three-day workshop with Clare Gallagher and participation at the festival. Application deadline is 24 December 2017. 


The workshop will be conducted by Clare Gallagher. She was born in Northern Ireland and studied photography in London, Canterbury and Belfast, earning an MFA Photography with distinction. A photography lecturer since 2003, she is also working on a practice-based PhD on women’s domestic practices. Clare is course director for BA (Hons) Photography with Video at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.

Her work examines the ordinary and everyday, focusing on experiences of home. It has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Asia and been featured in The Guardian, Lenscratch and Source Photographic Review. CV and biography further down this page.

Workshop title: Photographing the Home
This workshop explores ways of making photographic work about home. It is aimed at emerging photographers who have begun, or are beginning, a project connected to ideas and experiences of home, and the objective is to develop the work towards completion.

In the workshop, we will examine the rich significance and complexity of this seemingly trivial subject, through an in-depth exploration of its representation in photography, art, literature and film.

We will consider ideas about home: as a psychological state, as a construct, as a place of close observation and connection, as the stage for family ties and intimate relationships, as tranquil or unsettling, and as a deeply symbolic site with layers of history and meaning.

Practically, you will be led through the stages of developing the work, from concept, aesthetic considerations, ethics, editing, sequencing, writing a statement and title, to planning the presentation of the work.

Workshop program:

Day 1 (23 April): Introductions - workshop aims, the participants and their projects, lecture-seminar on visualising the home

Day 2 (24 April): Development - group critique, identifying strategies for going forward (shooting, editing, sequencing)

Day 3 (25 April): Presentation - writing a statement, titling the work, building presentation strategies for book or wall

Results of the workshop:
The workshop will result in a curated exhibition at Nykyaika Photographic centre in Tampere autumn 2018 or at another collaborational festival. The exhibition will be curated by emerging curator from the Backlight Festival.


The workshop takes place from Monday 23 till Wednesday 25 April 2018 in Kristiansund, Norway. Arrival in Kristiansund on Sunday 22 April. The Nordic Light photo festival starts with a festival parade on Wednesday at 5 pm and lasts until Sunday afternoon/evening.

The stay includes 5 days/5 nights with workshop and festival, with an option to extend the stay with 2 more nights at your own expense, but to an affordable price. Lunch and dinner will be served at fixed places during the 3 days of workshop and 2 days of festival. You will receive a Festival Pass that gives access to all daytime lectures and exhibitions throughout the festival.


  • Flight round trip to a maximum of NOK 1950
  • 5 nights in shared hotel room with breakfast (Sunday – Friday)
  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners at local restaurants
  • Festival Pass for the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography

Optional (to be covered by you):

  • 2 additional nights in shared hotel room with breakfast (Friday – Sunday), total price NOK 770 pr person. Lunch and dinner not included.


We are looking for 10 participants from the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (2 from each country, nationality requested).

You must be a photography student or graduated during the past 3 years.

Selection process:
Please submit your application by using We will need a CV, a project description and 10 images to be submitted by 24 December 2017.

Selection will be made by 15 January 2018 by the Nordic Collaboration.


In the Nordic Collaboration network participate the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography in Kristiansund, the Landskrona Foto Festival in Sweden and the Backlight Photo Festival in Tampere in Finland, as well as the Scandinavian photo art magazine KATALOG – Journal of Photography & Video.

The aim of the collaboration is to develop the Nordic photo scene and help young photographers to become established on the international art scene.
The project is supported financially by the Nordic Culture Fund.