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AIRY – Artist in Residence

AIRY - Artist in Residence Västernorrland is a residency program that includes three residences. The residences are located in three different places in the region, a ceramic residence at Ålsta folkhögskola in Ånge, a sound arts residence at Hola Folkhögskola in Kramfors and a literary residence at Österåsens hälsohem in Sollefteå.

AIRY will give you as an artist or author time for further development, reflection and exploration of your own artistic expression. AIRY will also create opportunities for you to engage with the local area and people, through workshops, lectures, art talks and meetings with other artists or authors in the region. A residence can also lead to an exhibition.

Airy ceramics

At the center of Sweden lies Ålsta, in the small community of Fränsta. Here, the hectic pace of the city seems distant and you will get time to work undisturbed in our inspiring country setting. We offer a fully equipped ceramics workshop with two stoneware ovens and accommodation in the same facility. Although we are not in a central location, there is everything you might want here.

Alan Waters is our ceramics artist in residence in 2018

Alan Waters said this about his work: 
I completed my fine art degree in 92 and I’ve been working as a full time practicing artist since. My work is within the areas of painting, sculpture and public art. I combine ideas associated to music/dance and architecture; often I introduce elements which have an historical content. I have completed large scale public art projects throughout China, Germany, USA and Iran - to a scale of 16.5m. I create my ideas using and manipulating found, reclaimed and donated materials. I’ve exhibited extensively overseas and within the UK.

Airy sound arts

Hola Folkhögskola has a long tradition of offering a creative and beautiful environment for people working in the fields of music, sound and art. Through the years Hola Folkhögskola’s Sound Art Course has established a platform for sound art with a practical focus. The course with its network of guest teachers and course leader, Björn Eriksson, is internationally recognised in the audio arts field. The residency offers a combined sound studio with lab space and workshop as well as active hosting that enables access to the regional art life, artist presentations,
performances, installations and interaction with the Sound Art Course.

Ryo Ikeshiro is our sound art artist in residence in 2018

Ryo Ikeshiro is a UK-based Japanese artist and researcher. He is interested in the cultural and political dimension of computational technology, algorithms and media as well as their artistic potential, and his output explores contemporary notions of Otherness as manifested through technology and sound. His practice includes installations and performances using various sound and image formats such as 360-video with spatial audio, multi-channel projections and audio, directional audio, data visualisation and sonification and Teletext, along with interaction and 3D-prints and engravings.

He was part of the Asia Culture Center’s inaugural exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea, and his TeleText art pages have been broadcast on German, Austrian and Swiss national TV. He is a contributor to Sound Art: Sound as a medium of art, a forthcoming publication from ZKM Karlsruhe and he is featured in the Electronic Music volume of the Cambridge Introductions to Music series.


Article with Ryo Ikeshiro 

Ryo Ikeshiros work with Airy sound arts

Airy poetry

Österåsens Hälsohem is beautifully situated overlooking the river of Ångermanälven, 9 km outside Sollefteå in Ångermanland. The castle-like building was opened in 1901 as a sanatorium under King Oscar II. Österåsen has an interesting history in a scenic and culturally stimulating environment. Over the years Österåsen has had many famous writers, artists and musicians as patients, lecturers or visitors.

Kaisa Aglen is our poetry artist in residence in 2018

Kaisa Aglen was born in 1985 in Volda, Norway. Today, Kaisa lives in Trondheim where she has studied philosophy. She debuted with the poem collection “Kvar i kroppen sit ingenting” (2012) and has since then released “Mellom krig” (2016), both published by the Norwegian publisher Samlaget.

Kaisa Aglen said this about her work and her stay at Österåsen:
One of the themes I’m writing on now is sickness. I hope to investigate it both from an existential and a political perspective. I believe both the history of Österåsens Hälsohem, and its current practice will be a great resource for my book. My writing needs both calm space and new impulses.

A new call for applications will open in 2019

Details will be made available on this website. For further information please contact us by e-mail anmalan.airy@rvn.se