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/
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
- Part of a Gallery/Museum
- Months: 2
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Printmaking facilities
- Production costs
- Public talk