The United Sardine Factory (USF) was once the largest cannery in Norway. USF is located at the Georgernes Verft by the seaside in central Bergen. The old factory is transformed into a multiple art- and cultural arena which is unique in size and variety, according to both Norwegian and international standards. Art and culture are produced, organised and passed on in several forms and genres.
USF Verftet is run by the Stiftelsen Kulturhuset USF foundation. Spread out on 12 000 sqm, about 200 people in independent enterprises operate within the areas of art, crafts, music, dance, dramatic art, design and architecture, literature, film and video, internet and multi-media. Moreover, one find a writing academy and rehearsal studios for music and dance. Several organisations and companies involved with the cultural industry are located in the building. The application deadline is 1st of March every year for residencies the following year.
Residents are selected by a jury composed of Bergen professional artists and other arts professionals. On average, the residency accepts 9 international artists each year. This residency will be undertaken by Nowhere member Miriam Sentler.