Open Call for Public Space Artwork as Part of Ibsen 2028 (Norway)

Skien municipality and the Telemark Canal Culture and Nature Park invite artists and creative professionals to an open call for applications for a major Ibsen-themed project in central Skien. The project will be part of the Stories of the Waterways project, which aims to draw attention to places along the historic Telemark Canal that connects Skien to inland Telemark.

2028 will mark the bicentennial of the birth of Skien’s great playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Skien municipality is a central stakeholder in the work on organising a major national and international event: Ibsen 2028. In conjunction with the Ibsen bicentennial, the new Ibsenbiblioteket library and the Sølvåren cultural centre are set to be finished by 2028. The Ibsen-themed art project will stand on its own, but will definitely also point forwards both to the commemorative events in 2028 and to the road beyond.

The Telemark Canal Nature and Culture Park and Skien municipality wish to realise a major outdoor project as part of the work leading up to the Ibsen bicentennial in 2028. The aim is to make people more aware of and interested in Ibsen’s artistic contributions to critical thinking and reflection. Upholding personal liberty and a space for free expression is a continuously ongoing task.

This call is open to a broad range of artists, architects, designers, and other creative professionals. Three applicants will be selected and granted 75,000 NOK  (~6450 EUR) each to develop their proposals in a closed competition.One of these three proposals will thereafter be chosen in order to realise this extensive project. The budget for the realisation will follow the project’s ambitions.


First Europe: Open Call for Vocal Artists for Opera Hackathons (Serbia, Hungary, Italy)

The First Europe project aims to promote and celebrate European archaeological heritage with a special focus on the fascinating archaeological site of Lepenski Vir in Serbia, which formed one of the oldest settlements in Europe. First Europe will bring prehistoric society closer to contemporary audiences by placing this unique European archaeological heritage in a new context – using it as the basis for a series of ‘Opera Hackathons’, a new creation framework methodology for live performances. A core narrative will be developed during a residency programme, held between 11-22 July 2023, in Lepenski Vir, Serbia.

This open call therefore seeks two vocal artists or singers who are experienced with improvisation, and who are engaged in the topics of nature, tradition, history of humanity and cultural heritage to join the project. These artists will attend the residency in Serbia, and after participate in test performances in Lepenski Vir, as well as hackathons and performances elsewhere in Serbia, Italy, and Hungary in autumn 2024.


  • Applicants (18+) that are legal residents in the countries within the Creative Europe framework.
  • Artist individuals who have experience as vocal artists/singers.
  • Must be able to easily communicate in English.
  • Experience engaging with local communities through participatory and/or co-creative methods is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of musical notation is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Using electronic devices such as loopers, effect processors, and electronic DIY devices with voice is advantageous, but not mandatory.

First Europe will provide selected artists an honorarium of 8000 EUR for attending all events during the project.