Previous residents

Amira Akbıyıkoğlu
Andrew Kenny

Anisur Rahman
Anna Ádám
Anthony Jones
Aya Imamura
Bahar Yurukoğlu
Bengt O Björklund
Bláithín Mac Donnell
Brian Questa
Çağrı Saray
Chris Ozzard
Cyntia Botello
Diana Jabi
Dominic Williams
Eda Emirdag
Eda Gecikmez
Elena Mazzi
Elis Hoffman
Ewa Kubiak
Felix Rapp
Fergus Byrne
Florent Di Bartolo
Fra Beecher
Ghaith Saleh
Gökçe Sandal
Gözde Robin
Gürkan Özturan
Hanneke van Ryswyk
Harry Sanderson
Hélène Mourrier
Henrik Eriksson
Inés Lampreia
Jackie Hayden
Jamie Sturrock
Jolene Mok
Jonas Bengt Svensson
Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Jonathan Murphy
Julia Dahee Hong
Kajal Bandyopadhyay
Karl Larsson
Kevin Ryan
Lauren Heckler
Lucy Durneen
Maria McManus
Martin Holm
Maximiliano Estudies
Mel Perry
Michelle Mahon
Michael Holt
Natalie Holborow
Nia Davies
Paul Creane
Petra Stenvall
Rashanna Rashied-Walker
Robert Ssempijja 
Sarah Edmonds
Seher Uysal
Sheila Creevey
Sine Ergün
Svea Schneider
Takuji KOGO
Tanya O’Keeffe
Tishani Doshi
Vasken Mardikian
Zeynep Beler
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, United States, Italy, Finland, Canada, Scotland, Turkey, India, Portugal, Hungary, Argentina, Germany, Wales, Poland, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, Hong Kong, Syria and Ireland.

Our residency programs are:


OC Projekt K AiR 2017 Web

Project “K” AiR 2017 (17 May to 18 June 2017) 

“Project K”
Inspired by the stories of the writer Franz Kafka and many of his unfortunate protagonists sharing the initial K. in their names, the Project K. asks the artists to create a piece of work within the boundaries of the Town Hall in Tranås. The Town Hall is a place of bureaucracy, politics, state offices and provide the perfect opportunity to talk about endless documentation, rules and regulations, stately decisions and a bit of dark humor. The main hall of the building creates the perfect ground for the selected artist to install an artwork in relation to the Town Hall, which will be exhibited after June 15th 2017 for two months time. The selected artist will be an artist in residence at Kultivera for a month to create the site specific work and will be working in close contact with co-curators Seher Uysal and Michaela Langdahl, his/her accommodation/meals and a certain amount of production cost will also be covered. The selected artist will have the chance to have a modest amount of 10 000kr as an artist fee.



OC Studio Bibliotek AiR 2017 Web

OPEN CALL Studio Bibliotek AiR 2017 (22 May to 5 June 2017) 

Deadline: 20 March 2017.

We are now welcoming applications from contemporary artists for the artist in residency “Studio Bibliotek”. Studio Bibliotek is a themed residency program. Please read the information below about the theme.

“Studio Bibliotek”
Studio Bibliotek is a two week residency programme based on the idea of making public spaces more accessible to arts and artists. And the arts to public spaces and people. During this two week programme the selected artist is expected to produce an artwork that could be displayed within the modest means of the library building. The works do not have to be related to books and/or book making, but are expected to be related to the city and/or library in Tranas and must be in tune with the atmosphere of the library.

Fill out the application here…


re-cycle-open-callRe-cycle AiR 2017 (18 April to 16 May) 
“Re cycle” Consumerist societies bring a value system based on a constant consumption of new materials, goods and/or products. Old, second hand and/or recycled is not considered to be relevant. Art objects bought and sold are also defined by the price set by different actors, are now part of a different system of values. Second hand shops, flea markets and antique stores bring a sense of nostalgia and romanticism, a place for treasure hunters and hoarders looking for memorabilia among all the bric a brac and ephemera, or they are chosen to be ignored cause they display signs poverty whereas they can easily suggest a different example of economy. Is it possible to create art that could be displayed, bought and sold, or recycled in such places? How could it be produced, distributed and which set of values could be attributed to it? During the designated period of time for the residency program artists are expected to create works that can be distributed, bought and sold, or displayed/performed in the various such stores in Tranås.



Dance Residency  2017 ( April 4th-9th)

Moot Point is a collective of dance artists engaged in the questions of Utopia and the Body. We choose to believe in the forward motion of the question. In every sentence that ends with a questionmark there is a potential for the mind to expand and take a stroll and new situations and dreams might arrive.

Our influences are Soviet Sci-fi movies, Poetry, Michel Foucault. When we are Moot Pointing we use empty Notebooks, lots of Coffee, Friendship, Imagination and Movement . Between the poles of Utopia and Dystopia Moot Points is motivated to start working with their most precious instruments, their bodies, which are mediums for their never ending questions.



TSHIRT_KULTIVERA (2)Coracle Europe Literary Residency 2017  (22 June -16 July) There is more than a whiff of academia about the fourth annual Coracle Europe Literary residency.  While the writers who will gather at Kraftwerket this year work in various genres there is a particular focus about poetry. Another common factor is that all the residency participants are creative exponents of higher education to the world’s next graduate generation.The residents are lecturers from universities in Canada, Sweden, Wales and Ireland. It may be thought that these mutual shared interests may lead the creative outcomes from the residency to follow a certain direction but we have learned that the most consistent elements of the literary residencies have been spontaneity and collaboration resulting in exciting and unexpected results.

To further stimulate the creative senses as well as responding to each other’s cultural differences and the identity of the town of Tranås the residents may wish to consider the work of Franz Kafka as an additional factor as the town exhibition inspired by his literature. In the 21st century how Kafkaesque are our Higher Education institutions?


ScreendanceScreenDance residency (3 till 14 juli)  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.