Sogn og Fjordane Artist Centre (SFKS) was founded in Sogndal in 1983 and moved to Førde in 1986. There, it was located in the Red Cross building basement, and later in Førdehuset.
In 1987, the Sogn og Fjordane County Gallery, the first county gallery in Norway, was established next to the Førde Airport landing strip. Following a few years next door to SFKS in the Red Cross building basement, and later at the old home economics school in Førde, the gallery changed its name to Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum (SFKM) in 2000.
In 2004, the Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum Foundation was established. It was responsible for running the Anders Svor Museum (ASM), the Astrup Artists’ Homestead (AT), the Eikaas Gallery (EG), the Gjesme Gallery (GJS), and SFKM, as well as maintaining the artist centre activities.
In 2009, the Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum Foundation became part of the Museums in Sogn og Fjordane Foundation (MISF). Today, AT, EG, GJS, SFKM and the artist centre activities sort under the MISF Art Department. ASM has become part of the Viti Foundation in Sunnmøre.
In 2012, SFKM and the artist centre activities relocated to a brand new four-storey building in the centre of Førde. The 3000 square meter structure was designed by Danish architects C.F. Møller. They have also designed the two neighbouring buildings, Storehagen Atrium and Meieritomten.
Illustration: The brand new Sogn og Fjordane Art Museum building, designed by C.F. Møller, opened in 2012. (Photo: Thomas Bickhardt/ Bickfoto, CC-BY-2.0)