Lukkeskåra/Rådlausjuvet (L/R for short) is a residency set on a remote farm in Suldal, in the southwestern part of Norway. The farm has no road leading to it and visitors must hike up the mountainside to reach it. Artists and others working in creative fields are invited to spend some weeks on the farm and use the opportunity to focus on their work and explore new methods of working, in a different setting.

The name of the project hails from the history of the farm, Klungtveit, and its sourrounding area. Lukkeskåra (in English this can loosely be translated to the “ledge of happiness”) is the title of a book written by Lars Klungtveit, a blind author, who was born and raised on the farm. Rådlausjuvet (in English this can loosely be translated to “ravine of helplessness”) is a dramatic ravine that can be seen from Klungtveit across the Suldal Lake. The ravine and the surrounding area are part of Klungtveit farm. It’s a place that’s very hard to reach and once you reach it there’s not much you can do there except go back or try to make your way up a very steep and rocky mountainside. L/R Residency focuses on the relationship between these words, the landscape in which the farm is situated, and the connection between happiness and despair in creative processes. The Klungtveit area is recognized as a cultural landscape of national importance.

Suldal is situated in the region of Ryfylke, in the northeast of Rogaland. Suldal has a population of just below 4000 and is geographically the largest municipality in Rogaland. Though the biggest power stations in Norway are situated in Suldal, the vast majority of the area consists of untouched mountain terrain. L/R is located in the area known as Øvre Suldal (Upper Suldal) and the nearest villages are Nesflaten and Suldalsosen.

Although the main focus of L/R is the residency program, L/R also organizes art projects in collaboration with other institutions. L/R has collaborated with Entrée and Ryfylkemuseet.

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