AiRS – Skövde Art Museum

Name of Residency: AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde)

AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde) operates by performing international site-specific open calls. It is an eight week long International Residency in April – May (June) for one artist, run by Skövde Art Museum in the rural town of Skövde in Southwestern Sweden. The residency is based on a dialogue between the artist and the local community, and invites artists to work with participatory, engaged, and critical practices outside of the museum walls. Suggested themes are, but not limited to; post-colonialism, democracy, the environment, migration, voice and ownership.

AiRS is awarded to one artist per year. The AiRS studio apartment is located on the second floor of a newly renovated building from 1862, situated in a courtyard across the street from the Art Museum. An analogue graphic print studio, gallery and art school are also located next door. The Residency was founded in 2014 and is made possible on a grant from Region Västra Götaland.

Previous AiRS artists:
2019 Khin Thethtar Latt aka Nora, Yangon, Myanmar
2018 Rui Mourão, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Lhola Amira, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Havana, Cuba
2014 Anastasia Vepreva, Saint Petersburg, Russia School of Engaged Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia

– AiRS (in Swedish): http://skovde.se/airskovde
– Skovde Art Museum (in Swedish): https://www.skovde.se/konstmuseet
– Skovde: https://www.vastsverige.com/en/Skovde
– Vastra Gotalandsregionen (West Sweden Region): https://www.vgregion.se/en/regional-development/areas/Culture-West-Sweden/

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation:

AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde) is operated by Skovde Art Museum. The museum is the public funded and located in the Skövde Cultural Centre, which also houses the public library, a theatre, a cinema and a restaurant/bar/café, all in the very center of the city. The museum collection is primarily focused on Swedish modernist and contemporary art. AiRS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression.

Curators AiRS: 2018-, Mette Muhli & Tomas Asplund Gustafsson, Curators Skovde Art Museum
Curators AiRS: 2014-2018/19, Anna Viola Hallberg independent Curator & Artist and Thomas Oldrell, Director Skovde Art Museum

Organisation founded in: 1974
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 2
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Library
  • Office
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : – Skovde Konstskola: https://helliden.se/utbildningar/skovde-konstskola/ – Skaraborgs Konstgrafiska verkstad: http://www.skaraborgskonstgrafiska.se/ – Galleri Lucifer: https://gallerilucifer.se/ – KAC: http://www.kulturarbetscentrum-rosahuset.se/ – University of Skovde: http://www.his.se/en/ – RFSL Skaraborg/Lgbtq: https://skaraborg.rfsl.se/en/ – After Art (a small network and gathering with local artists)
Application process: Digital application
Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Production costs
Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
  • Public talk
Selection process: N/A
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Gothenburg or Stockholm, from there connection by train
Nearest Train Station: Skövde
How to reach by plane: Arrival to one of the two major airports in Sweden, Gothenburg or Stockholm and from there connection by train to Skovde
How to reach by train: Train from two major airports in Sweden GOT or ARN. Skovde Art Museum and the Residency is located next to the train/bus station
Street & Number: Tradgardsgatan 7, 2nd fl
Postal Code: 54130
City: Skovde
Tradgardsgatan 7, 2nd fl
Skovde 54130 SWE
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