Welcome to Salteriet Nusfjord Gallery

Salteriet Nusfjord Gallery

Art and culture are an important part of Nusfjord Arctic Resort. In the heart of Nusfjord is Salteriet, a salt house where fish roe was previously salted and stored. This salt house building has since been transformed into an art gallery where art is displayed over two floors. On the ground floor, curated exhibitions of art in all genres are shown. On the second floor, the gallery collaborates with QSPA – Queen Sonja Print Award – which promotes graphic art and fine art prints by both Norwegian and international artists.


May – October 2023

Nicholas O’Leary – Paintings
Ragnhild Lie – Installations

Nicholas O’Leary (born 1986 in New Zealand) is an artist based in Bergen, Norway. In this exhibition, O’Leary will set up works he made during a recent artist-in-residence program in Nusfjord in the autumn of 2022, together with paintings he has made in his hometown of Bergen in the past.

Ragnhild Lie, born in Lillehammer, moved to Lofoten after completing her MA in textile art in Bergen in 1997. She works conceptually with a number of different materials and expressions and often includes humor or distinct statements in her works.


Lofoten II by H.M. Dronning Sonja


Opening: May – October 2023
HM Queen Sonja

Text from curator Karianne Ryen Eriksen:

This year’s exhibition in Nusfjord is dedicated to HM Queen Sonja and NORTHERN LANDSCAPE – an important and significant source of inspiration for her, throughout all the years. The exhibition shows examples from the Queen’s graphic production all the way back to 2012 and up to the present day. The starting point for the Queen’s graphic works are often her own photographs taken out in nature; it can be in the forest, on the mountain, or in an ice cave.


Collective exhibition

In addition to our main exhibitors, we present a number of other artists who participate collectively.

Frode Mikal Lillesund - Bronze sculpture

Frode (born 1974) has a unique profile in the field of sculpture in our real time. His understanding of classical sculpture and art stands out with his deep insight into composition and abstract idiom. With this insight, he charges the sculptures with tension, dynamism and rhythm.

Presten og Fanden av Frode Mikal Lillesund

Elisabeth Helvin – Ceramics

Elisabeth Helvin (born 1971) works with ceramic works, visual arts, and graphics. She is educated in visual arts in Oslo and Germany, as well as apprenticed with an artist in South Africa. She is known for her boxing angels, who are both strong and vulnerable.

Sjøholmen av Elisabeth Helvin

Renate Johansen – Colored drawings from Nusfjord

Renate Johansen is Nusfjord’s Guest Relation Manager and one of Nusfjords best chronologists. She has worked in Nusfjord since 2011 and lives as one of the few permanent residents on the site – one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages. In 2022, Renate contacted our gallerist and presented a selection and colored drawings from various buildings and objects from Nusfjord. This led to a collaboration with Salteriet, which will show and sell the drawings as quality reproductions.

Ingeborg Stana – Paintings and prints

Ingeborg Stana is a contemporary Norwegian artist. Stana maintains a long and unbroken tradition within art inspired by the Nordic landscape. Although Stana’s chosen method is traditional, she has found a way to reinvent landscape painting and regain its position in the context of art history. Salteriet Nusfjord Gallery is proud to present a collection of paintings and prints by Ingeborg Stana inspired by the arctic regions of Northern Norway and Svalbard.


Opening: 21. may (– 30. april 2023)
Tiina Kivinen – Graphics and installation

Tiina Kivinen is a visual artist and printmaker based in Finland. She was the first person to receive the Queen Sonja Print Award in 2012. She has held solo exhibitions in Dalslands kunstmuseum, Sweden (2016); Kunstverket Galleri, Oslo (2013);  and Galerie Arktika, Marktoberdorf, Germany (2011); as well as several solo exhibitions in Finland.


28. may – 31. august 2022
Olav Harald Ulstein – Paintings

Olav Harald Ulstein (born in Hareid, 1963) creates naturalistic landscape paintings. He is perhaps best known for his evocative depictions of countless mountainscapes from Norway’s rugged nature. His works express sincere love for the wildness and drama of the landscapes we Norwegians are so fond of. This exhibition will also be about the mountain landscape that surrounds Nusfjord.


Season opening 2023

Summer is just around the corner, and this week, Salteriet Nusfjord Gallery is being set up with new works from 6 artists. This year, the main exhibitors are H.M. Queen Sonja, Nicholas O’Leary, and Ragnhild Lie, in addition to a collective exhibition with Frode Mikal Lillesund, Elisabeth Helvin, and Renate Johansen.

The season opens with a vernissage on Saturday, 27 May at 12.00, with artist Nicholas O’Leary and Court Curator Karianne Ryen Eriksen present to open the exhibitions entitled RAW and Northern Landscapes.

The event is free and open to everyone. Welcome!

Light art and new exhibition

The dark arctic ages have now taken over in Nusfjord. Our gallerist, therefore, invited two Spanish light artists from Xavi Bové Studio in Girona, Spain, to an Artist in Residence stay to test out possibilities for a «site-specific installation based on the Aurora Borealis» See photos on our social media (@nusfjordarcticresort).

Ingeborg Stana is exhibiting paintings and graphics on the Salteriet’s first floor until April 2023. After this, we will open the summer exhibition with paintings by Nicholas O’Leary. A warm welcome to an exciting cultural program in Nusfjord all year round.

Artist in Residence

This year, we are testing an «Artist in Residence» program with artist Nicholas O’Leary for the first time. Nicolas has been selected as an artist for our gallery’s following seasonal exhibition in 2023. He just moved into Morhuset, where he can live and work for four weeks, but there are rumors that you mostly see him outdoors, where he paints and sketches. «Artist in Residence» will become an official program next year, where artists can apply for residency

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Gallerist Gerald Maximilian Bliem

Email: galleri@nusfjord.no

Phone +47 406 44 261

Opening hours

The gallery is open every day in the the same opening hours like the country store as well as by appointment.

We offer guided tours and private arrangements in the gallery. Please contact the gallerist for more information.