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FAIR STUDIOS
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE SEA

 

LOCATION & STUDIOS

You reach BKN by public transportation (buss)  from Stockholm via Norrtälje.  The two former schoolbuildings are right at the bus stop so its really easy. Be vigilent there are many Björkö (Birch Island) in Sweden we are the one in the municipallity of Norrtälje. The space is endorsed by the locals and run by the non profit organization Björkö Konstnod. BKN is in two buildings and total area of 590 sqm.

Host organisation: Björkö Konstnod
Name of studios: BKN
Exhibiting practice: HYBRID >>>

Arist studios number/size: 7 between 10 and 76 sqm
Workshop Studios: 5 (presentation/darkroom/wood/loom/rock)

Visiting address: Björkö Konstnod, Simpnäsvägen 739, 764 53 Björkö, Sweden

Digital address/Plus Code:
V26Q+R3 Skeninge  >>>

Public Transportation:
Metro redline/Bus 676, Bus 636 - the trip fro central station Stockholm takes about 2  1/2 hours.
End destination: Björkö-Arholma Skola (Björkö-Arholma School) is the name of the bus stop. It is right on the doorstep of BKN.

More about BKN and Björkö >>>

Fair Studios is a concept with the artist in focus, towards a responsible social/economic/environmental imprint.  BKN provides an opportunity to within the stay, focus on the aristic practice and experience life in the Northern Archipelago of Stockholm - where the sea meets the forest, fields, and lakes - a peaceful rural milieu.
At BKN you also have access to woodworkshop, darkroom/photolab, loom, yard, rich nature areas and presentation/workshop space and some video equipment  in addition to your studio.

BKN fosters a peer based environment "thinking together, learning together" this takes part during infrormal sessions  and public outreach. Its a resource and public forum to explore and experiment. Proposed project should relate to site-sensitve exploration or specific conditions at BKN.

Cost: artist become member 100 sek + pay 500 as a development fee, total 600 (regardless duration)
AiR BKN usually duration: 1-2 months

In some cases we expand studio grant with a stipend. We are happy to support artists application for funding.

Concept of Fair Studios: Regardless weather its a directed or self directed residency BKN practice FAIR STUDIO experience with support from fellow artists and dedicated time with the curator. The rural location and embeddedness in nature calls for vigilence towards the environment we kindly ask artists share knowledges, skills and approaches towards each others practices.

We have 1-4 residency artists and 1-4 "in-house artists", staying more than 3 months they get studio for exchange of helping out running AiR BKN.

BKN is a safe space working towards a sustainable practice. We keep the premises as friendly as possible for people with allergies there for no pets allowed. For other accessibility concerns please contact curator.

 
 
 

RESOURCES 

The residency is situated in a silent zone, during the darker half year you can really see the starts as the light solution is very low. 

  • Analogue darkroom
  • Mini 4 k video camera (OSMO)w tripod (Manfrotto)
  • Audio by Rode:  iPhone mic with "dead cat", iPod mic and Wireless Go.
  • Darkroom, Lightroom, Presentation studio>>>
  • loom (@ 90 wide)
  • wood workshop 
  • Bicycles (self maintained by artists)
  • Curatorial dialogue upon agreement
  • Other things to be borrowed from local community
General

  • Enable sustainability by providing tools for professional development
  • Respect the regional, cultural and structural diversity of the arts residency field through adherence to our core values
  • Actively engage with and be responsive to needs and changes
  • Ensure transparency through clear communication, the cultural sector and wider public
  • Connect and promote

    Professionalism

    • BKN is committed to continuous professional development and enhancement of knowledge and skills. We listen to each other and are responsive to artists’ needs and changes in the field.
    Diversity

  • BKN actively work towards a diverse definition of the arts and welcome artists complying with a safe and inclusive work atmosphere.
  •  BKN is a pet free space (allergies)

  • Transparency

    We believe in the value of clear, accurate and proactive communication 

    Sustainability
    We strive to improve the resources available and to map out a ways of limiting or ecological foot print.

    Funding entities contribut towards the project in different capacaties.

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    Björkö Konstnod, Simpnäsvägen 739, 764 53 Björkö, Sweden
     
     
     

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