In the idyllic Åsnes municipality in Norway, far away from the closest city, six buildings blend into a landscape of
fields, forest and water. From a distance, it is hard to imagine that the buildings are brimming with visual arts, but Bjerkely Folkehøyskole is exactly that: a safe space where young adults come together to grow as people and develop their inner artists. “The school is not too big, so everyone gets to know each other quite quickly and becomes part of the community. The students learn a lot from living together, and it’s often the best year of their life,” says headmaster Per Kristian Hammer.