Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Summer Workshops

Haystack Mountain School
Attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts' Summer Workshops with support from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Norwegian Crafts

Deadline for applications has passed for 2024

This is an opportunity for Norwegian or Norway-based artists and duojárat to attend workshops at Haystack during the summer and fall of 2024. Norwegian Crafts is guaranteed 1-2 places in the Haystack summer program for Norway-based artists. The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Arts & Crafts Fellowship Program and Norwegian Crafts will provide a grant for the selected artists to cover most expenses related to the workshops.

These programmes aim to provide unique and diverse opportunities for artists in the craft field, namely by offering Norway-based craft artists a place at renowned schools, workshops and residencies.

  • DATES: up to 14 consecutive days between July–September 2024, depending on the timings of your selected workshops
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 26th February 2024

Information in Norwegian and the application form can be found at Stikk.no

About the Programme

Haystack was founded in 1950 and for the past seventy years has been widely considered a leader in craft education. The school serves local, national, and international audiences through programming on our award-winning campus.

Haystack offers one- and two-week sessions focused on studio workshops in a variety of disciplines, including ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, iron, metals, wood, and writing, and for participants of all skill levels. The Haystack Fab Lab (digital fabrication studio) is available for session participants, augmenting their studio experience with opportunities to explore new materials and techniques with support from the Fab Lab staff. Visiting artists and scholars from a variety of fields, including science, literature, music, and the visual arts are invited to residencies, to focus on their work and participate with the community, during a two-week session.

For more information, please visit Haystack's website.

Fibre basket weaving with Dee Clements and Emily Endo
Metals with Rebekah Frank

Selected applicants receive:

  • $3500 grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation paid directly to Haystack
  • Evening presentations by artists/faculty, visiting artists and writers, staff, and technical assistants
  • Opportunity to develop a craft practice with 75–90 participants from across the world
  • Dedicated tutoring by a professional artist in a medium or technique of the fellow’s choosing
  • Eligible for a travel grant of 5000 NOK from the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (Norske Kunsthåndverkere)

Is the Haystack summer workshops right for you?


  • are a new, mid-career or established artist or duojár based in Norway / have a Norwegian national identity number
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to develop your practice
  • are a craft artist/duojár looking to build networks in the US
  • can travel to Haystack in the selected time of the course(s)
  • are not enrolled in any degree or certificate granting program (including high school, bachelor, or masters degree programs) at the time of application or during the award period

    How to apply

    1. Confirm your top 3 workshops in order of preference. The full list of workshops can be found here.
    2. Write a Artist statement (250 words)
      1. Tell us about your craft, what inspires you, who inspires you
    3. Write a Residency proposal (500 words)
      1. Describe in clear and concise language your choice of workshop and material, and other information relevant to your project.
      2. What you want to further develop with your own practice during this stay.
      3. Why and how Haystack's offer can answer your needs for further development.
    4. CV
    5. Five visual documentations of previous work to be included in the application: Include title of artwork, materials, size and year made in the file name. If this is in video format please link within the PDF.

    Apply via Stikk.no

    How we choose participants

      • Applications will be shortlisted by Norwegian Crafts´residency committee.
      • Shortlisted applicants will be sent to the American-Scandinavian Foundation who will have the final decision on who the selected participants are.
      • Norwegian Crafts will inform selected participants and connect them with Haystack.
      • Haystack will to confirm which workshop the selected participants are placed in*.

      *N.b. There is not a guarantee at you will be placed in your first choice workshop, the applications are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

      If you have any questions about this residency opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Leah Svalastoga Kahn, Market Development Officer at Norwegian Crafts: lk@norwegiancrafts.no.

      About Norwegian Crafts´ residency committee

      As part of Norwegian Crafts' efforts to strengthen our residency opportunities for Norwegian and Norway-based craft artists, duojárat, curators, mediators and researchers, we have established a new committee that will evaluate applications for our residency opportunities. The committee consists of three members, who possess competence as practicing artists or other type of professionals in the field of contemporary crafts and/or duodji.

      The committee from 2024–2026 consists of artist and associate professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts – Department for Art and Craft Trine Wester; curator and mediator Daniela Ramos Arias, who is part of the curatorial team at Hordaland Kunstsenter and co-director of the interdisciplinary space KIOSKEN; and communication officer for the project ReCap ASáp – Regaining capacity in a changing Sápmi at The Saami Council and former consultant for the artist and research residency at Lásságámmi Helene Ajuna Olsen.

      Former grant recipients:

      2024: Daniela Bergschneider and Ingird Aarvik Berge
      2023: Siri Skjerve and Julia K. Persson
      2022: Magdalena Kotkowska and Ida Siebke
      2019: Marthe Minde and Marius Moldvær
      2018: Kristin Sæterdal and Trine Hovden
      2017: Marie Skeie and Therese Hoen
      2016: Lillian Tørlen
      2015: May von Krogh and Corrina Thornton
      2014: Heidi Bjørgan and Julie Kausland
      2013: Kari Mølstad