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A nationwide network of professional residencies for the development of visual art projects in The Cultural Schoolbag (DKS).

The purpose of DKS-LAB is to facilitate experimental platforms for visual artists, artisans, designers and architects who want to develop new projects for DKS.

Read more about The Cultural Schoolbag (DKS).

The project is a perennial and nationwide collaboration between selected art institutions, counties, municipalities, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and Arts for Young Audiences Norway.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to develop and test projects for and with children and young people in synergy with professional peers and students.

Coincidently, the affiliated art institutions form a national network, working towards gathering and coordinating competency in art mediation for and with children and young people.  

In 2022, the programme was expanded to include specialized pilot projects for professionals working in the design and architecture fields, as well as a pilot project aimed at art criticism for children and young people.

DKS-LAB 2023

Plakat til DKS-LAB 2023

The formats of the 12 artist residencies in 2023 will vary. Some residencies have a national scope, whereas others focus on a specific region. If you wish to apply, please see the individual Open Call links below for practical information and specifications.

All attendees will be paid the same artists fee regardless of location and format. The learning experiences from DKS-LAB can be applied when devising a production proposal for the DKS portal before the registration deadline on 1 October 2023.

DKS-LAB Troms og Finnmark

See Open Call
Organizer: Pikene på Broen 
4-8 September in Kirkenes. 
In collaboration with DKS Troms og Finnmark.

DKS-LAB Nordland

See Open Call
Organizer: Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter 
4-8 September in Svolvær.
In collaboration with DKS Nordland.

DKS-LAB Trøndelag

See Open Call
Organizer: Kunsthall Trondheim
4-8 September in Trondheim.
In collaboration with DKS Trondheim.

DKS-LAB Møre og Romsdal 

See Open Call
Organizer: Møre og Romsdal Kunstsenter 
22 -26 May in Molde.
In collaboration with DKS Møre og Romsdal.

DKS-LAB Innlandet 

See Open Call
Organizer: Kunstbanken, Oppland Kunstsenter
4 - 13 September in Hamar. 
In collaboration with DKS Innlandet.


See Open Call
Organizer: Bærum Kunsthall 
May - October in Bærum.
In collaboration with DKS Viken.


See Open Call
Organizers: Fotogalleriet, Oslo Kunstforening 
17 - 21 April in Oslo.
In collaboration with DKS Oslo.

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DKS-LAB Vestfold og Telemark 

See Open Call
Organizers: Telemark KunstsenterVestfold Kunstsenter 
April - June. 
In collaboration with DKS Vestfold og Telemark.

DKS-LAB Rogaland 

See Open Call
Organizer: Rogaland Kunstsenter 
In collaboration with DKS Rogaland.


See Open Call
Organizers: Agder KunstsenterKristiansand Kunsthall
18 - 22 September in Agder.
In collaboration with DKS Agder and Kristiansand municipality.

Design and Architecture

ROM invites an extended professional field to apply for DKS-LAB Design and Architecture 2023: a five-day laboratory aiming to develop projects wherein children and young people can experience the relevancy of their own lives and identities in the effort to solve challenges within design, architecture and urban development, as well as diversifying the architecture field with ideas, values and solutions.

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See Open Call
Organizer: ROM for kunst og arkitektur
April - August in Oslo.
In collaboration with DKS Tromsø, DKS Bærum, DKS Stavanger, DKS Tondheim and DKS Lørenskog.

DKS-LAB for Art Critics

The aim of DKS-LAB for Art Critics is bolstering art criticism as a method for reflecting on and articulating artistic experiences, and to develop new ways of teaching art criticism in The Cultural Schoolbag. The overarching goal is to encourage more children and young people to engage in creative critical practise, regardless of geography, economy and social background.

DKS-LAB for kritikere, logo

See Open Call
Organizer: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
24 - 26 May in Bærum.
In collaboration with DKS Viken.