BAR International is an artist-in-residence program, that invites artists from the Barents Region, Nordic countries and internationally to explore the Barents borderland in transition. Kirkenes, just a few miles from the borders to Russia and Finland, has become a transborder town, a gateway to Russia, a crossroad for political decisions and a laboratory for creative solutions to economic, cultural and social challenges in the border region.
BAR facilitates art-production and mediation in the Barents Region: both studio-based work/research and artistic process in public space. BAR is connected to other projects produced by Pikene på Broen: the annual winter festival Barents Spektakel and the Barents Art Triennial. These events become presentation arenas for works produced under art-residency.
BAR has started in 2008. It is part of the Nordic AiR network, and is supported by the Nordic Culture Point, Norwegian Arts Council, Barents Secretariat, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnmark County and Sør-Varanger Municipality.
For more information visit BAR International web-site.