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.
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.
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.
Dance 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.
Literary Residency (September) is a residency program inspired by but not based on the works of a particular writer. This year 2015 is 150th anniversary of the birth of Irelands most internationally renowned poet, in celebration of the multi-genre nature of Yeats’ writing,Litteraturcentrum Tranås in association with Write4word and Wexford Arts Centre as part of the Coracle Europe partnership have organised an international literary residency in Tranås, Sweden, set among lakes and the vast forests of Småland. With the support of University of Wales Trinity Saint David six writers shall gather for three weeks in a spirit of inter-cultural exchange, debate and collaboration.
ScreenDance 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?
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.