Previous residents

Andrew Kenny
Anisur Rahman
Anna Ádám
Anthony Jones
Aya Imamura
Bengt O Björklund
Bláithín Mac Donnell
Brian Questa
Cyntia Botello
Diana Jabi
Dominic Williams
Eda Emirdag
Eda Gecikmez
Elena Mazzi
Elis Hoffman
Ewa Kubiak
Fergus Byrne
Florent Di Bartolo
Fra Beecher
Ghaith Saleh
Gökçe Sandal
Gözde Robin
Gürkan Özturan
Hanneke van Ryswyk
Hélène Mourrier
Henrik Eriksson
Inés Lampreia
Jackie Hayden
Jamie Sturrock
Jolene Mok
Jonathan Murphy
Julia Dahee Hong
Karl Larsson
Kevin Ryan
Lauren Heckler
Lucy Durneen
Maria McManus
Martin Holm
Maximiliano Estudies
Mel Perry
Michelle Mahon
Michael Holt
Natalie Holborow
Nia Davies
Petra Stenvall
Rashanna Rashied-Walker
Sarah Edmonds
Seher Uysal
Sheila Creevey
Svea Schneider
Takuji KOGO
Tanya O’Keeffe
Tishani Doshi
Vasken Mardikian
Zurab Rtveliashvili





Residency programs

Our cultural residency program has been running since 2013 under the theme, Connecting Creativity, and during that time has received, writers, activists, playwrights, curators, performers, artists, dancers, photographers and illustrators. We have welcomed people from, Sweden, France, Bangladesh, England, Georgia, America, Italy, Canada, Scotland, Turkey, India, Portugal, Hungary, Argentina, Germany, Wales, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, Hong Kong, Syria and Ireland.

Our residency programs are:

Connections AiR, (January to December)

is a space designed to facilitate experimentation and the freedom to create through research and concept development. Many of the residents describe it as a creative sanctuary.


Artists that have been working, researching and producing at one of the open call residencies or artists who are invited have the opportunity to come to work on individual projects or create their own residency with others.


Apply here….

open-call-AiRTranas-2016 AiR Tranås (May) 
works with all mediums of contemporary art. This residency allows primarily two things, time and space, where the artist can practice their craft in a particular context which may inform that practice.

The residency is not taking place within a particular industry, organisation or building. Rather  it is taking place in a typical Swedish small town situation providing for inter cultural dialogue and the ability to interpret the global through the local.



OC-Turkey---Scandinavia-Connections-2016-m2-webAiR Turkey – Scandinavia Connections 2016 (17 Oct to 15 Nov)  is open to all forms of contemporary art practices. Kultivera is now providing residency opportunities for 4 contemporary artists and curators from Turkey and Scandinavia. The residency which is set in the context of a typical small Swedish town, allows primarily two things, time and space. Here artists and curators can develop their practice, exchange and explore ideas and expand their networks.

Applications are open to contemporary artists and curators from Scandinavia and Turkey. The residency offers a valuable support structure for emerging and mid career artists and curators, and brings socially and critically engaging contemporary work to the local community.


Dance Ignition Lab 2015Dance Ignition Lab (November) which is a  research residency model that aims to support new cross-disciplinary working methods, with a focus on dance development. It is about responding, innovating and creating new contexts for artistic production.

Dance Ignition Lab provides an opportunity for the participants to develop new ideas for international collaborative projects and build on their collective skills and experience to find new working models. 


TSHIRT_KULTIVERA (2)Coracle Europe Literary Residency 2016 19 august – 11 September, is the third annual residency hosted by Litteraturcentrum Tranås in association with Write4word and Wexford Arts Centre as part of the Coracle Europe partnership.

Responsibility and Flippancy. 2016 sees a quarter of a millennium since Sweden became the first country in the world to write freedom of the press into its constitution. Freedom of the press, one of the four fundamental laws governing the constitution, is based on freedom of expression and speech – a central tenet of most democracies.

A small group of writers from across Europe and beyond will gather in the spirit of these themes to consider, collaborate and create within the curatorship of Dominic Williams from University of Wales Trinity Saint David.



ScreendanceScreenDance residency  The ScreenDance residency consists of a two week residency for the winner of the Swedish Screendance Festival. The winner shall get the opertunity to continue developing in dance and film.


What is a residency?
Artist-in-residence programs
 and other residency opportunities exist to invite artists, visual artists, writers, dancers, performers, activists, film makers, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations.

They provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. They also allow an individual to explore his/her practice within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location. Art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture.

Sometimes residents become quite involved in a community – giving presentations, workshops, or collaborating with local residents. At other times, they are quite secluded, with ample time to focus and investigate their own practice.

Many times a residency experience is only the beginning of a longer relationship. Residents often return to complete a project they started, to begin a new collaboration, or participate in an exhibition, panel or workshop.