Espen, Gunnar, Åse and Siri Tollefsen

The story of Nøss Studios


Nøss studios gathers the creative energies of the Tollefsen family.
All four members of the family are artists in different fields of art, craft and design.

The family live in different parts of the country, but meet in Vesterålen several
times a year. For both Espen and Siri, the landscape and character of Vesterålen
have been a profound influence on their work. Returning to the North has meant
combining family visits and shared work in the workshops at Maurnes (Sortland)
as well as at Nøss, where we have worked together over several years to restore
the buildings and create the new studios.

It was a great pleasure for us to open the doors of the studio for our first
exhibition in 2005, and the very positive response has encouraged us to continue.
We have gradually extended the studio, and hope that our annual exhibitions will
become a tradition.

This website is a natural progression, and allows us to say more about ourselves,
the history of our family, and of Nøss and Vesterålen. As the studio is open only
during the summer months, we wish to share information and welcome
feedback all year round. We look forward to many more enjoyable encounters,
both on these pages and at Nøss.