Klostret Living Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

AN ARTS INCUBATOR FOR DANCE, MUSIC, POETRY AND VISUAL ARTS

Stockholm and its surrounding area are booming – but there is still a lack of studio space for emerging artists.
Klostret Living Arts aims to change this situation.
Sweden is in urgent need of explorative and challenging art, art that can open up and offer new possibilities, new ways of thinking and living.
Klostret Living Arts aims to meet this need by bringing together creative practitioners, researchers and entrepreneurs.
Housed in a traditional folkskola in the northern part of greater Stockholm (Solna, Sundbyberg, Solvalla, Sollentuna), Klostret facilitates the production and development of dance, music, literature and the visual arts, drawing on each form’s unique strengths to produce cross-fertilisations and create more opportunities for practitioners.
Each artist-member rents a small studio and has access to shared open spaces. This encourages collaboration and the development of new practice-based research processes, with a focus on live performance.
The initiators of the project – academic Emilie Reinhold and musician Giò Gurrulli – will select the artists who will join Klostret for a period of two years. Artists will have the opportunity to stage concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions and other forms of performance in a heritage setting, with excellent dining facilities. Members of the public will be able to contribute ideas to shows in the early stages of their development process and thus partly contribute to the final result. At Klostret, art is produced and consumed simultaneously.
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At Klostret, art and business work hand-in-hand. Four or five spaces will be rented to creative enterprises who will bring art into their meetings and participate in events.
Our business model encompasses both heritage and artistic development. We are currently working with counterpart institutions in Europe and beyond to share expertise and develop research into arts, business and sustainable cities. Our historic building will soon become a remarkable place.

The Stockholm region is booming, but still lacks studios for artists, especially emerging ones.

Klostret Living Arts aims to change this situation. We want to bring together some 60 artists, housed in a traditional late 19th/early 20th century building, and all interested in working together for a better society. Sweden is in urgent need of more art, especially explorative and challenging art, art that can open up and offer new possibilities. Klostret will focus on the production process and encourage dance, music, literature and the visual arts to cross-fertilize, drawing on each form’s unique strengths.