Open Call: Artist residency Art ‘n Fiber® 10 September – 24 September 2024

Region Uppsala, in collaboration with the Quilt Academy of Sweden and Uppsala Municipality, is announcing the international artist residency for textile artists living in Europe, outside of Sweden.

Residency offers a grant of 16,000 SEK and an additional travel allowance up to 5,000 SEK for travel to and from Sweden.

The purpose of the residency is to encourage individual creativity and international artist collaboration in textile/fiber art. During the residency, the recipient is invited to give an artist talk at the Uppsala Art Museum presenting their work and sharing their experience of the stay.

Included in the residency 

The grant is to cover a two week stay in an accommodation provided and hosted by the Quilt Academy of Sweden in a charming Swedish country homestead environment on the outskirts of the city of Uppsala.

Accommodation situated in the old barn-house includes a spacy studio, kitchen, bathroom and a minor bedroom. Distance to the city is 15 km and Storvreta, the closest suburb with grocery stores, restaurants and a train station , is about 5 km from the residency (see the Quilt Academy of Sweden website https://quiltakademin.se/) Access to public transport is limited however certain support can be provided by the residency host.

Optional 1:

An assisting colleague/partner may accompany the artist if considered well-motivated by the selection committee. The presence should be explained in the application. No additional funding is awarded for the purpose and a minor complementary fee may be requested.

Optional 2:

In purpose to meet local colleagues and textile enthusiasts the recipient is welcome to propose a one-day workshop, with a content related to one´s art and/or the residency. Any such workshop will take place in the residence studio during the stay. No additional compensation is included but the call and the administration will be taken care of.

Certain access to car transport, bicycles and spare bed is provided on request. Expenses for travel within the country, required insurances and food are not included.

Who can apply?

The residency grant is addressed to a professional textile/fiber artist or one with equally active artistic commitment. It is not targeted for artists with a main focus on commercial garments or the fashion industry. The applicant should be living in Europe but outside of Sweden. The artist must work primarily with textile techniques and have an explicit modern/contemporary focus based on one or some of the following techniques :

  • Patchwork/quilting
  • Free embroydery
  • Surface design; fabric printing/dyeing/shibori
  • Mixed media including stitching and fabrics

The working process should be based either on independent artistic work, or aim to cooperate with an art professional, or a group, within Uppsala County or an already ongoing collaboration.

During any general restricted period of pandemic the resident should be able to present a valid vaccination certificate upon request.

Application

Application deadline is 2 April 2024. The application should be written in English and it should consist of the following parts:

CV:

 Your education, exhibitions, possible teaching and lecturing experience and a site where you and your work is presented online (homepage, Facebook, Instagram etc).

Personal presentation:

Maximum of 1 page description about yourself, your professional or equally active artistic commitment and why you are applying for the residency. Describe the intended context of your stay. If an assisting colleague/partner is to follow please explain the purpose of the presence.

Portfolio:

Include 5 photographs of your textile work followed by a brief description of each.  Reserve 1 page for each work.

Application should be provided as a single pdf with subject "Application Art n Fiber 2024". It should be sent to eira.ekenstaf@regionuppsala.se 

Please note that any application that does not follow the instructions given will be excluded from the jury process. You are very welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

Representatives from Region Uppsala, the Quilt Academy of Sweden and Uppsala Municipality will form the selection committee. Only one artist will be granted the scholarship.

You will receive a response to your application no later than May 1st.

Art 'n Fiber – internationellt residens för textilkonstnärer

Region Uppsala utlyser i samarbete med Svenska Quiltakademin och Uppsala kommun det internationella konstnärsresidenset Art ’n Fiber för konstnärer bosatta utanför Sveriges gränser med hemvist i Europa. Residenset vill uppmuntra skapande och internationellt konstnärssamarbete inom textilkonst. 

Photo

Bilder från residens

Photo: Pictures from the Quilt Academy of Sweden and details from last year’s residency artist, Dorothy Wedderburns art work.

Kontakt/contact information

Frågor om ersättning och resa / questions regarding funding and travel:

Eira Langaas

E-mail: eira.langaas@regionuppsala.se

Phone: +46 72-064 67 97

Frågor om boende och vistelse / questions regarding stay and accommodations:

Katriina Flensburg, artist, the runner of the residency  (https://quiltakademin.se)

E-mail: info@quiltakademin.se

Phone: +46 73-387 77 26