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OPEN CALL: For 2024 we have the first call out this time we want to pave way for duos and trios. >>>
If you are a return resident artist and want to come back to BKN NOW is the time to start a dialogue email firstname.lastname@example.org in subject field write RE:BKN please.
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE SEA
BKN offers studio grants in return you help keeping BKN at its best by donating an hour a week to things that needs to be done. Together we are BKN.
Jan-Dec 2023 more than 40 international and national artists had studio with BKN. Let's see what 2024 brings. In the fall of 2023 with help from local community we could upgrade our kitchen for better flow cooking and also in storing food. For visiting artists this provides more time for art and exploring Björkö. New is also that former studio 11 now is Kamchatka Lounge for Artists and Other Stranded People. The kitchen with its lounge is the heart of BKN, a complement to the Campfire Sessions in the yard. In the fall we held WAP 23 focusing on walking interwoven with art. During this time we reimplemented Share Sessions from Magnitude 2022.
LOCATION & STUDIOS
Host organization is a not for profit artist run organisation: Björkö Konstnod (est 2020)
Name of studios: BKN
Exhibiting practice: Special programs on an off the island
Address: Björkö Konstnod, Simpnäsvägen 739, 764 53 Björkö, Sweden
Digital address/Plus Code:
V26Q+R3 Skeninge >>>
Metro redline/Bus 676, Bus 636 - the trip fro central station Stockholm takes about 2 1/2 hours.
Bus stop: Björkö-Arholma Skola (Björkö-Arholma School) is the name of the bus stop. It is right on the doorstep of BKN. (sl.se, Stockholm-Norrtälje bus 676, Norrtälje-Björkö 636)
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. As part of the concept you are required to have a meeting with curator as part of the assessment process.
2023 BKN Studios Grants:
AiR BKN provides a number of studio grants per year. BKN covers cost for studio, accommodation, and shared spaces artist become member 100 sek + pay 500 as a development fee, total 600 (regardless duration)
In some cases we expand studio grant with a stipend. We are happy to support artists application for funding.
AiR BKN usually duration: 1-2 months
In addition we offer AiR BKN stay at a reasonable cost:
Cost for a studio per week: Visiting artists cover rental (studios vary in size the cost for 2023 is between 500 and 2000 per week) and 100 sek membership + 500 sek as a development fee, total 600 (regardless duration).
Curatorial meetings/studio visits and darkroom use in addition to costs above. If you want to apply coming in on your own funding first write to email@example.com
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.
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 please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
AiR BKN ARTISTS, SELECTION
Since we opened up in July 2020 we have had about 150 artists that stayed with us for 2 weeks or more. In addition we have had guest artists and curators for shorter sessions.
Rebekah Dean (uk), Antonia Aitken (au), Belinda Morén (se), Mai S Keldsen (dk), Aurike Quintelier (be), Sibylle Feucht (de), Melissa Vandenberg (us), Zoey Hart (us), Inga Manticas (us), Klara Waara (se/nl),Thomas Wågström (se), Gerhard Kowald (au), Katarzyna Łukasiewicz (pl), Ami Skånberg (se), Renn Simmons (usa), Scott Hunt (uk), Zoey Hart (us), Christoph Mügge (se), Louise Shaw (uk), Katarzyna Łukasiewicz (pl), Juanma González (se), Mark Rautenbach (sa), Naheli Chavoya (ir/me), Cecilia Hedlund (se), Fernanda Branco (no/ b), Alex Hawthorn (us), Janice Jensen (de)
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
- Local community is very helpful, let us know what you need and we might be able to locate it for you.
- More >>>
- 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.
We believe in the value of clear, accurate and proactive communication
We strive to improve the resources available and to map out a ways of limiting or ecological foot print.
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