HIGH-NORTH is an ambitious three-year (2013 – 2016) artists’ residency initiative linking the cities of Tromsø (Norway), Gateshead/Newcastle (England) and Glasgow (Scotland). The project is coordinated by NABROAD (Norwegian Artists Abroad), and supported by Arts Council Norway, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy London. Working with a range of high profile partners, each of whom brings a unique understanding of their local context, HIGH- NORTH represents a rare opportunity to substantially strengthen both cross-border dialogue and trans-national artistic practice

The residency initiative was launched on 1 July 2013 involving the artists Arild Tveito, Mai Hofstad Gunnes, Aileen Campbell, Declan ClarkeKjersti G. Andvig and Terry Smith. The programme will consist of artist residencies, talks, workshops and exhibitions in the cities of Tromsø, Gateshead and Glasgow.

HIGH-NORTH is an ambitious three-year initiative linking the cities of Tromsø (Norway), Gateshead/Newcastle (England) and Glasgow (Scotland). The project is coordinated by NABROAD/ Norwegian Collaborative Organisation for Contemporary Art Abroad, and supported by Arts Council Norway and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in London. Collaborating partners in HIGH-NORTH are: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead); CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow); Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Glasgow); Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art (Tromsø); Tromsø Kunstforening / Tromsø Centre for Contemporary Art (Tromsø)  & Troms Fylkeskommune (Tromsø).

HIGH-NORTH provides artists based in Britain and Norway with up to 5 months of support to research and produce new works and explore the artistic, social and cultural context offered by their host city. During each residency, HIGH-NORTH’s local partners will make it possible for visiting artists to devise new projects, conduct their own research, experiment with new ideas or methodologies, and engage with other artists in the creative network. Artists may choose to produce new work in response to their experience of the new city, or may simply use the opportunity to explore and exploit the unique resources offered by Tromsø, Gateshead/Newcastle and Glasgow. For all HIGH-NORTH artists, becoming part of a distinct network of cultural establishments, conversations, and communities will enhance the experience of making work in a new city, supported by a valued partnership organisation.

HIGH-NORTH is a landmark project, uniquely placed to change the way we think about trans-national networks, practice, and collaboration.

HIGH-NORTH is generosuly supported by Arts Council Norway, The Royal Norwegian Embassy London, Arts and Business New Work Scotland Grant and Seertech Solutions.

The New Arts Sponsorship Grants scheme incentivises businesses to sponsor the arts in Scotland. It is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Arts & Business Scotland. An arts organisation receiving an eligible business sponsorship can apply for £1 of funding for every £1 of sponsorship. The funding goes towards additional arts activity, for which the sponsor receives additional business benefits. www.aandbscotland.org.uk