Cultural Wayfinding – Our Norwegian Story. Research-led, Residency Commission.


The Stove Network seeking a creative practitioner (or team) to spend time in Dumfries and interact with our project, Cultural Wayfinding – Our Norwegian Story, over a period of five months (June – December 2016). Alongside your own research into the topic you will be expected to attend and interact with a planned series of interactive events delivered by a diverse group of local and Norwegian partners in the public spaces of the town.

The aim of this commission is to capture Our Norwegian Story relative to Dumfries, research and gather source material to inform the content of the ‘Living Archive’ and work with us to plan the route of a Norwegian Trail through the town. There is also an opportunity within this commission to explore creative work around bringing this part of our history into a current context.

Start of Project – 13th June 2016

Budget – £5625 to cover commission fee, or fees if applying in a group.

(the project has a small budget to cover additional professional fees for technical support of this commission eg translation etc)

Full brief and application process available here


Cultural Wayfinding – Our Norwegian Story is a community heritage project to research and creatively showcase Dumfries’ relationship to Norway, highlighting its importance within our cultural history. The overall project will consist of a series of events and relating activities that focus on engaging our community, across the demographic, to share, learn and creatively interpret this part of our story and associated cultural traditions. One outcome of the project will be the creation of a Norwegian Trail through Dumfries with an Interactive App and an online ‘Living Archive’, to provide a lasting legacy for future generations to access.

Background to Cultural Wayfinding – Our Norwegian Story can be found here

The Stove is an artist-collective operating from a prominent three-storey town centre property in Dumfries and developing projects around the evolving identity of the town as a contemporary Scottish regional capital.

Deadline for applications Monday 23rd May 2016