Established in 1998, the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale is a non-profit contemporary art institution owned by a self-sustained foundation and mainly supported by the Arts Council Norway. Since its foundation, NKD has created opportunities for emerging and established artists, designers, architects and curators to research, develop their practices and network with colleagues.
NKD’s original project was created by Oddleif Fagerheim and his wife Thora Nitter Fagerheim, who donated their house, Villa Lidskjalv, and terrain to the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Oddleif Fagerheim was a teacher and a politician from the Labour Party, particularly interested in culture and arts. During his 12 years in the Norwegian Parliament he pursued projects focused on environmental issues, communication and culture.