Kultivera + The Soap Factory Residency Exchange Open Call

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Sweden + Minnesota Exchange

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Open call: March 20 – May 3, 2017, 3:00PM

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Residency dates: July 24 – August 28

The Soap Factory is excited to partner with Kutlivera 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 operates international cultural programs that are physical, social and creative; that stimulate and inspire both the artists and the local community. Kultivera creates cross-border meetings between artists, community, and industry that allow different areas to fertilize each other in mutual interaction. Kultivera’s idea is to connect several European cultures, and promote democracy, quality, innovation, diversity, and cultural development.

The artist is not bound or isolated to a specific location or place, but is inserted in a typical Swedish small-town situations where they can operate internationally through the local.

More information about Kultivera’s organization and residency programs can be found on their about page.

Kultivera is located in Tranas, Sweden, you can learn more about Tranas here.

New Småland Project

Kultivera is connected with the New Småland project. New Småland is an interregional art project that was initiated as a collaboration between four art institutions, three regions, and a university in Småland. New Småland’s ambition is to formulate long-term relationships, experiment, and create conditions for critical and cultural sustainability.

The Minnesota-Sweden reconnection will be apart of New Småland project. A great opportunity for Minnesotan artist/curators and The Soap Factory to work with one of Sweden’s biggest curators and collaborate with larger institutes of the region. Bringing different contemporary perspectives to new and old Småland. Learn more about theNew Småland project here.

Support + Costs

The Soap Factory and Kultivera will be supporting the following costs:

• Travel (flight and train ticket to and from airport)

• Accommodations

• Working Studios

• Food Stipend

• Material Stipend

Artists are expected to cover any additional expenses during your residency. The Soap Factory staff will be working with you to travel.

Opportunity Opens

Monday, Mar 20th 2017

Opportunity Closes

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, 3:00pm

How to apply:

This is an open call to participate in the Kultivera + Soap Factory residency program. All applications must be submitted through See eligibility below and expectations below.

To help you prepare, use the following checklist.

What you should include:

• First and foremost, are you eligible? Yes! Awesome! No? That’s ok, we will have more opportunities for you in the future :).

• Updated CV or Resume

• Website or Online portfolio link

• You will be asked to provide the following information: Name
, Email
, Phone
, Address
 – don’t know your new address, go outside and turn around!

• 5-10 color images of your work

• Video samples (if you are providing, not required), limited to 3

• Artist Statement – what, why, who are you as an artist.

• Statement of Intent – why do you want to do this!? Other than visiting a beautiful city, please.

• Proposal – what project(s) will you be working on?

Note: *The Soap Factory is committed to diversity in audience, staff and programming. To assist us in achieving our diversity goals, please indicate your ethnicity or cultural background. Note that responses to this query are not a factor in showing at The Soap Factory, but a measurement of how well we are promoting our submission process to diverse communities.

*All application materials must be submitted in English.


Artists must be 18+ years old. Open to individual artists, one – four person artist collectives, or curator partnering with one to four artists. Project can work in any medium or combination of medium. Artists looking to participate cannot be currently enrolled (at the time of the residency: July- August, 2017) in an education institution that provides study abroad/residency programs. For this call, all applicants must currently be residents of the state of Minnesota.

Please read the following:

The Soap Factory and Kultivera will be providing artists with travel, housing, food stipend, and  material stipend. Artist are responsible for any additional costs. The Soap Factory provides a promotional platform, interviews, and artist talks. We do not provide insurance coverage for work created during or following your residency. All work is shown at the artist’s own risk.


Submissions are only accepted online through the submission process, deadline is May 3rd , 2017, 11:59 pm. Technical help from or The Soap Factory staff must be inquired before 3pm on the day of the deadline.

The Soap Factory encourages, but do not require you to publicize your profile on You do not have to have an existing, but must create a profile to submit through

We do NOT accept e-mailed submissions OR mailed in submissions.

*You will not be able to upload files to apply for our call after May 3rd.

*Artists selected for the Kultivera Residency Exchange program will be notified by June 3rd.

*Please, do not call or email to check on your submission.


Please include your C.V. or resume; education background, past exhibitions, publications, grants received, employment, etc.

Please attach as pdf file titled “CV” or “Resume”.

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