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Academic Research | May 2019

A Lighthouse in the North. The BAR Artist-in-Residency Program and Tourism Development in Norway

Space Calendar Project by BAR residents J. G. Skjeldsøy and C. Hummelsund. Courtesy of Pikene På Broen


Pikene På Broen is an art organization based in Kirkenes, a small Norwegian town at the border with Russia. Its artist-in-residency program, BAR, has become a meeting platform for local residents, scientists and cultural professionals in the Arctic area. Nina Dronova from the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) analyzes Pikene På Broen’s activity and the impact of the BAR program within a touristic context. The research results confirm how contemporary art and artist-in-residency programs can also serve as powerful tools for tourism development.

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