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 and Ireland. To date we have had over 18 cultural workers return at least once to continue working on works started in the residency.
Our residency programs are:
Open call: March 20 – May 3, 2017,
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 at their organization.
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 their host city, meet other artists, and space to work independently or collaboratively in their studios. Artists of any practice are welcome to apply (visual, performance, literary, dance, interdisciplinary, new media), but please keep in mind that this residency might not provide the logistics and time to create large-scale pieces.
Artists are asked to prepare to discuss or share their experiences during a public artist talk and private studio visit shortly after their return, organized by The Soap Factory.
Kultivera is partnering with Tranås library to create Studio Bibliotek AiR a two week programme based on the idea of making public spaces more accessible to arts and artists, and the arts to public spaces and people.
Katarzyna Pagowska a Polish visual artist who works mostly in the artistic fields of performative actions, installation and photography shall be collaborating with the space and visitors of the library to share the idea of knowledge that is based on incertitude, searching and questioning rather than on the things that we already know; to challenge the “I already know”, “there is only one option” attitudes. To promote and strengthen curiosity, learning and individual development.
Re-cycle is a three-week arts programme based on the idea of recycling found objects into new works of art, bringing new value to discarded belongings and bringing contemporary arts more accessible to public spaces and people.
We have invited Laura Bianco (Italy) , Sabine Salem (Egypt) and Baxx (Serbia), three visual artists who shall be collaborating with second hand shops in Tranås. They will give new life to found objects in these local shops.
Visual artist Laura Blanco shall bring life to old family photographs through the use of digital GIFs. Sabine a fashion designer shall create womens dresses for RTW Collection from non-traditional materials that promote recycling. Visual artist Baxx Vladimir shall revive discarded paintings and prints using tradtional repair techinques while adding comptemporary character and motives to found artworks.
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.
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?
ScreenDance 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?
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.