OPEN CALL: PRODUCTION RESIDENCY AT THE TOP OF SCANDINAVIA
Welcome to Luleå, a city within northern Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle. Our open call program for 2020 is a 2-step residency.
Our residency program is a production based one. We would like to give the selected artist the opportunity to work in our workshops, fully equipped with machineries and tools.
The artist will be invited for a week in March 2020, in order to do research and visit us here, at KKV Luleå (Artist Collective Studio), but also to get to know the artists and the art institutions of the area. During the stay, KKV will arrange artistic and cultural activities as well as meetings.
Before the second part of the residency, the artist has to send us a sketch of a work plan, his/her needs in terms of workshops, machineries, tools etc. The artist also has to make sure the work materials will be in place before coming back in April.
The second part of the residency will last about two months, starting from the 28th of April until the 18th of June 2020. During this period, the artist will work independently, according to one’s needs and interests and we would like her/him to present her/his previous work on the occasion of an ‘artist get-to-gather’. KKV Luleå is part of Swedish Lapland AiR network that organises residencies within northern Sweden. Thanks to that, visits and trips to the institutions and organisations involved within the network are also possible.
At the end of the stay, the artist will be responsible for the piece(s) produced during the residency, which has to be transported somewhere else. No art pieces nor objects will be left at KKV after the artist-in-residence program.
Criteria for applicants
In order to be eligible, the candidate must:
- be a professional artist with at least 2 years of work experience.
- be from 30 y.o. upwards.
- live in Europe (we do not accept applications from Swedish artists on this occasion)
- not be enrolled in schools/ courses during the program period. EXCEPTION: those who are doing their Ph.D. are eligible.
- be in a state of good health and able to carry out daily activities on his/her own.
- meet the English language requirements for a clear communication with the other artists and KKV staff.
Manager. Birgitta Lindström
Chairman of KKV. Helena Bergman
KKV Luleå is reachable within a 30min walk from the city center or a 7min car/bus ride (bus n. 6). Luleå is served by an airport, a bus and a train station, able to connect it to many regional areas within Sweden.
Some historical facts about Luleå
Luleå was founded in 1621 around the medieval church in Gammelstad. Due to land elevation, in 1649 the town was moved to its present location nearly 6 miles towards the sea. The river, the sea, the forest and the mining industry are the elements that have historically shaped the city.
In 1856, Luleå became seat of Norrbotten County while the mining ore line opened in 1888. The iron industry arrived in the 1940’s, which led to a rapid development and a high population increase. The last official census in 2017 counted 76,000 inhabitants. Luleå is currently Sweden’s 28th largest city.
Remarkable facts about Luleå
- World Heritage. The Church Town of Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, comprises 424 wooden houses, huddled around a medieval stone church and it is the Old Town of Luleå.
- The Luleå archipelago comprises over 1,300 islands accessible all year round. Throughout the summer a daily ferry service is available, while in winter the islands can be reached by walking, ski/skating or driving. At the beginning of every year, 25 km of ice roads lead out to some of the most important spots.
- Attractive university. The Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is home to students, teachers and researchers from all over Sweden, as well as internationals. The university is a leading research institution in the fields of information and communication technology, metallurgy, mining as well as energy and renewable technologies.
- Business sector. The business community is diverse. A broad service sector, steel and engineering industries, a growing trade, tourism and new creative industries such as film production, digital design and social media — like the Facebook Data Center — are the economic drivers of the city.
Duration of residency
Two months in total (a research week and then one and a half month of production residency)
A 30 square meters-private apartment in the center of Luleå (max 2 guests).
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Fine and applied arts. Equipment: a workshops equipped with sculpture, monumental sculpture, textile, ceramics, screen printing and silk screen printing, enamel, metal casting, digital art, embroidery labs.
Studio / Workspace
KKV is an Artist Collective Studio based in Luleå, which is fully equipped with machineries and tools: graphic, screen printing, silk screen printing/serigraphy labs, ImageON (light box), enamel, sculpture (plaster, concrete, wax, stone, ceramic), wood, metal castings (bronze, aluminum), monumental spaces, digital art, and sewing/embroidery machine.
Fees and support
The artist will receive a grant of 20 000 SEK (SEK- Swedish kronor) plus a travel grant up to 10 000 SEK. The expenses related to the materials will be covered with a sum up to 5 000 SEK and the transportation of the art piece will be covered up to 2 000 SEK. The accomodation is free of charges.
Expectations towards the artist
Being a production residency, the artist is expected to manage and conduct independently her/his work within the workshop. Before the second part of the residency, the artist has to send in a sketch of work plan, his/her needs in terms of workshops, machinery, tools etc. The artist has also to make sure the work material will be in place before coming back in AprilDuring the stay, we like the artist to present his/her previous work during an ‘artist get-to-gather’. Study visits to partners involved within the network are also possible.