Application AiRS

Open Call July - 22 September 2019

Artists based in and around Anchorage, Alaska are invited to apply for AiRS 2020


Apply here

Please read the text below prior to starting your application.


AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde) is an eight week long International Residency in April – May (June) for one artist, run by Skövde Art Museum in the rural town of Skövde in Southwestern Sweden. The residency is based on a dialogue between the artist and the local community, and invites artists who work with participatory, engaged, and critical practices outside of the museum walls. Suggested themes are, but not limited to; post-colonialism, democracy, the environment, migration, voice and ownership.

AiRS is awarded to one artist per year. The Residency was founded in 2014 and is made possible on a grant from Region Västra Götaland. AiRS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression. The AiRS studio apartment is located on the second floor of a newly renovated building from 1862, situated in a courtyard across the street from the Art Museum. An analog graphic print studio, gallery and art school are also located next door. The Skövde Cultural Centre houses the Art Museum, the public library, a theatre, a cinema and a restaurant/bar/café, all in the very center of the city. Previous AiRS artists:

2019 – Khin Thethtar Latt @ Nora, Yangoon, Myanmar
2018 – Rui Mourão, Lisbon, Portugal
2017 - Lhola Amira, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 - Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Havana, Cuba
2014 - Anastasia Vepreva, Saint Petersburg, Russia

We offer

-      Curatorial dialogue on a weekly basis upon arrival in Sweden

-      AiRS encourages and will assist in facilitating community engagement including access to a small network of local artists

-      Visit to the International artist run Art Fair Supermarket in Stockholm

-      Access equipment; projectors, speakers, simple recording device (subject to availability)

-      A limited production budget (must be billed to, and pre-approved by the Art Museum)

-      International travel to and from the residency (economy class)

-      8 weeks accommodation and a studio space in a small studio apartment

-      Personal grant of 25 000 SEK

-      Public transportation pass and a bicycle

-      Swedish SIM card and Wi-Fi in the studio apartment

Eligible Artists

To be eligible for the AiRS 2020 residency, the applicant must be a professional artist working or living in the region of Anchorage. The artist needs:

-        To submit your application online:

 (a) personal details & CV

 (b) portfolio

To showcase participatory, engaged, or critical practice, including but not limited to temporal practices, site specific work, performance, lens- or audio-based projects, community engagement

(c) proposal

A committed proposal for the 2020 residency where suggested themes or project is described. What is to be researched or developed during the residency period?

 Further Requirements

-        To be in dialogue with the AiRS team and elaborate on their work and approaches to discover obtainability of the individual proposal submitted.

-        A working level of English or Swedish (translator is not facilitated).

-        To hold two public presentations in Skövde during the residency.

Disclaimer: 1-2 positions might open for late submission upon invitation from AiRS team

Application and review process

The AiRS team believe in extending the online application to include a personal dialogue. As part of this engagement the two curators of the Art Museum will visit Anchorage in October/November 2019 and conduct studio visits prior to inviting one artist for AiRS 2020. At the studio visit, we ask the artist to present ideas, visions and critical stance. The studio visit is also a good opportunity to get to know each other and to share information about the residency. We believe this process contributes to obtain a high-level artist residency with focus on evolving the artist practice and selected topic.

Step 1:

Online application
Application deadline: 22 september 2019  No application fee. 
The AiRS team reviews online applications and selects 6-8 artists for studio visits in Anchorage. The selected artists will be contacted in September and will be prompted to set up studio visits.

Step 2:

Studio visits
The AiRS team will make studio visits in October 2019 after which the selection of the artist for the residency is made. All meetings and studio visits will be in Anchorage. If Selected for a studio visit, please prepare for a 60-minute studio visit or portfolio review

Step 3:

Some of the AiRS team’s previous studio visits have resulted in engagements other than invitations to the residency. Even if you are not selected for our residency program we are still interested in your specific work. This is why we have set up a "Reconnect" opportunity. At this point we will also make public who has been selected for the AiRS 2020 residency

Step 4:

Meeting with selected artist
The AiRS team and selected artist meet for 3 hours in Anchorage to discuss details regarding the residency and proposed project. Here the curatorial dialogue begins, and the specifics of the residency starts to take form  


Trädgårdsgatan 7-9, 54130 Skövde, Sweden

The studio/apartment is located on the second floor of a newly renovated building from 1862, located in a courtyard across from the museum. Next door is an analog graphic print studio, gallery and art school. The museum is in the same building as the public library, cinema and restaurant/bar/café. All in the very center of the city.