Previous residents

Amira Akbıyıkoğlu
Andrew Kenny

Anisur Rahman
Anna Ádám
Anthony Jones
Aya Imamura
Bahar Yurukoğlu
Baxx Vladimir
Bengt O Björklund
Bláithín Mac Donnell
Brian Questa
Çağrı Saray
Calvin Wharton
Chris Ozzard
Cyntia Botello
Derek Coyle
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
Hanna Hallgren
Hanneke van Ryswyk
Harry Sanderson
Hélène Mourrier
Henrik Eriksson
Inés Lampreia
Jackie Hayden
Jamie Sturrock
Jeni Williams
Jolene Mok
Jonas Bengt Svensson
Jonatan Habib Engqvist
Jonathan Murphy
Julia Dahee Hong
Kajal Bandyopadhyay
Karl Larsson
Katarzyna Pagowska
Kevin Ryan
Kristinia Skantze
Lauren Heckler
Laura Bianco
Lucas Carlsson
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
Sabine Salem
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, Egypt, Serbia, Uganda, Denmark, Iran and Ireland. To date we have had over 20 cultural workers return at least once to continue working on works started in the residency.


Our residency programs are:



Footnotes AiR 2018 (20 May to 19 June 2018)

Kultivera invites two international artists that will create art books in relation to sites, histories and social context of the town of Tranås. Even though the project has a broad sense; as a product it will be thematically limited with the chosen site or subject matter and the end production will be in book format. It could be a book of written words, photography, illustrations and abstractions; it could be a material book with pages, it has the possibility of being digital or it could be a playful investigation of notes and sketches. The end product (the artwork) should be a finished proposal/manuscript which will question the idea of the book as a commodity, material, artefact, an expression of ideas and thoughts. It will include or refer to life in Tranås or the town itself. The chosen artists during the first week of their stay will be taken to heritage sites, museum, venues of cultural or historical significance and will work on their chosen subject in the format/medium they will use.



Studio Bibliotek AiR 2018 (20 May to 19 June 2018)

We are now welcoming applications from contemporary artists for the artist in residency “Studio Bibliotek #2” Studio Bibliotek is a themed residency program which was initiated in 2017 and grew into a series of project in collaboration with Tranås Library.

“Studio Bibliotek #2”
Studio Bibliotek is a four 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 four week programme the selected artist is expected to produce an artwork that could be displayed within the modest means of the library building. The artist has the right to work, perform or exhibit during two weeks of the program; the first and the last weeks will be about preparations and deinstalling.
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 Tranås and must be in tune with the atmosphere of the library.



“Fur” Residency and exhibition (27 July 2018 – 26 August 2018)

In connection to the “European Cultural Heritage year 2018Tranås municipality and Kultivera are runing a themed artistic residency programme and exhibition using the cultural heritage of Tranås – a small town in Småland with approximately 19 000 inhabitants, as a focal point.

The project will focus on creating contemporary art in response to the Working Life Museum in Tranås called Pälsmuseum (Fur museum).

Tranås was renowned for its thriving industrial fur production during the 1890s to about 1980 but the industry turned out to be too expensive as the fur traders couldn’t compete with much cheaper synthetic garments. Fur production today is mainly located in China, where there are no legal penalties for poor animal husbandry.

The exhibition will be curated by Katarzyna Pagowska from Kultivera and Sofia Östlund from Tranås municipality and will be on view in Eriksbergs museum.





Kultivera, in collaboration with three of their international residence artists, will conduct an intensive art education program in November for some of the county art students. The purpose of the project is to give your students the opportunity to be trained, acquainted and not least inspired by young and active international artists in an exciting environment! Instead of “teaching” artists will work with open experimental workshops. These will focus on themes such as narrative structures, perception and failures.



Asylum of Creativity 2017 – Kopuntu

Kopuntu, is an interdisciplinary solidarity network founded to provide support and enable networking and cooperation between journalists, academics,

writers, artists, students and others who have felt the need to leave their land due to their political views.

Kopuntu exists in two main mediums:
Multi Lingual Online Media and Interdisciplinary Events. Kapuntu, Kultivera and Region Jönköpings Län will have a three part program with films, talks, and music about the New Generation Diaspora. Which will be hosted by Plan B on 29th of September.



I’d prefer not to. (4 September to 2 October 2017 Tranås)

Turkey Exchange AiR. Inspired by the book Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street written by Herman Melville, Sine Ergün experiences the process of non action. As the first stage of her project, she questions the value of action by experiencing full denial of life’s daily obligations. Sine imitates the way Bartleby refuses to work and follow orders. As we define ourselves by our actions, the writer aims to experience that which is left after non action, ‘the essentials’.

Between the 17 and 24 of September Sine intends to have this performance open for the public to participate. The instructions for participation are simple; the public can join her during her seven days performance and do nothing. She changes her lifestyle by not doing any of the regular daily activities she does in her professional and private life. The participants can join and leave the experience as they wish at any time.

During the experimental performance, Sana Ghobbeh an Iranian artist shall documents the process. The work, out of this observational process shall be the material for Sana to create an exhibition that shall be stage two of the project.

A brief review on the next three stages of the project:

2. Exhibition
Based on the performance of Sine Ergün in collaboration with Sana Ghobbeh.

3. Anthology on Writers of No.
Writers who have refused to write anymore are called Writers with Bartleby Syndrome or Writers of No. This anthology collects the last works of thirteen writes who have decided to stop writing.

4. Exhibition of Writers of No.
Thirteen visual artists will be asked to create an artwork inspired by the last texts by Writers of No. The aim of the exhibition is to resurrect the act of fading as a writer. This exhibition shall reveal an interpretation of the last texts that the Writers of No wrote.


Kultivera + The Soap Factory Residency Exchange (August 1st – September 3rd)

Kultivera is excited to partner with The Soap Factory to bring four emerging and mid-career Minnesota-based artists to Tranås, Sweden to participate in a month-long residency.

This residency is about TIME and PLACE, an opportunity to reflect and cultivate ideas through experience and exchange. Artists will be given opportunities to learn about Tranås and Småland, meet other artists, and space to work independently or collaboratively in their studios.




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)

ScreenDance Residency consists of a two week residency for the winner of the Swedish category at ScreenDance Festival. During the residency the artist is expected to continue to develop researching methods and processes within the genre dance film. The founder and director of ScreenDance Festival Cyntia Botello is the artistic leader of the curatorial process during the two weeks residency.

The year 2016 ScreenDance Festival award was given to Lucas Carlsson for his film SLÄÄP. Lucas Carlsson is currently studying his first year of three at the bachelor’s programme in mime acting at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lucas has been working professionally as a dancer, actor, choreographer and filmmaker.


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.