Suriashi for Björkö. 

WAP24 - Spaces of Anticipation

proximity through artistic expressions in the field of walking practices

WAP24 Research Catalogue >>>

The program is set where the forest meets the sea. Walking as practice is something that has been embedded in our program since the start. The WAP 24 explores walking as practice for artists.

WALKING AS PRACTICE/WAP is a process-based residency, where we delve into each others’ knowledges and things we encounter together on Burch island/Björkö

Interventions weave across different registers of time and site. The focus is on how walking is interlocked in our practices. Fieldworks and seminars are jointly done to locate and entangle structures, narratives and forces. We believe in a safe and friendly attitude as part of the art scene we share.

BKN fosters a peer-based environment: “thinking together, learning together” - a resource and semi public forum to explore and experiment.  Jointly, we form a transformative, dynamic space for art that engages with life and nature towards critical and poetic explorations, influenced by the immediate surroundings; the forest, lakes, sea and people living in the rural area.

Program dissemination will be in an online format and a series of open studios/walks as engagement with the local community.

Keywords: walking, asymmetry, entanglement, beyond violence, not-knowing, desire, nature, responsibility, deep listening, close seeing, territory, contested sites

Duration of residency

WAP24 stretches over the year for return walkers.

Open Call

June WAP24

 Arrival May 28-29th

Program start May 30

Dissemination  June 24th.

Departure June 27-30th.

Arrival and departure dates must be as above

September  WAP24

Arrival on September 1 or 2

Last day of program September 27th

As an option arrival mid August, departure Sept 31. To be decided up on email conversation.

Selected artists will be called for video interview. If you are called this is a mandatory part of the selection process.


All ready this year we have had a number of walking artists some of them return visitors. 

As a return walker you might also get 2 weeks in May or 2 weeks in August. Do the application and indicate that you are also interested in this, if available.

Funding oppertunaties:

  • Nordic Culture Point, Travel funding for individual professional practitioners of art and culture in the Nordic and Baltic region >>>
    due date March 31
  • Culture Moves Europe, Individual Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals  >>> 
    due date 31 May 2024.

Also review possibility from your area to get a grant.


This call is open for artists with a walking practice as part of the work they produce. Artists who would like to share and explore what “Walking as Practice” can apply. In addition to basecamp studio (indoors & outdoors) a screening room is available (4k projector, media server, speakers) also mini 4k video kit (cam, light, sound equipment).
BKN is located in two former school buildings total area of 600 square meters. Each artist has a private studio and access to  shared spaces indoors and outdoors


In the private studio. With desks, bookshelf armchair/sofa they all hold a bed. Shared: kitchen (basic equipment) 2 stoves with oven, 2 refrigerators/freezers,  toilets, 2 showers  

Fees and support

BKN provides the artists in the program with studio and accommodation. We are happy to write letters of support/invitations for each participant to arrange their own additional funding. It might be that we can offer some additional support towards transportation (BKN has a grant application pending). Each artist confirms by responding to email and provide assets for BKN website + 600 sek.  

Expectations towards the artist
Actively participate in share sessions and house walks.
Optionally contribute to BKN ART WALK
WAP dissemination Produce a Research Catalogue exposition

The walking scene in Sweden is in the forming. The purpose with this process-based program is to invite international artists to further this development together with a core-group connected to Björkö Konstnod/BKN. WAP methodology of fieldworks and share sessions are carried out to locate and entangle structures, narratives and forces via the intersection of the arts and walking.

The configuration of a transformative, dynamic space for art engaging with life and nature towards critical and poetic explorations, influenced by the immediate surroundings where the forest meets the sea, way-finding at BKN in The Northern Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden.

The curatorial framework opens up for participating artists to influence the direction and leaned towards new materialism, ie rethinking dualisms through a non-hierarchal approach. Reviewing the development (share sessions, walks, and work made available to public), ”Spaces of Anticipation” is the theme for WAP24. We also foresee that after WAP24 the platform could continue to focus on aspects of artistic research at the cusp of walking and the arts.

The call is open for professional artists who wants work both individually and in new constellations with other resident artists. In the application we pay more attention to what you would like to achieve/do during WAP24 than your prior walking experience.

Organizer: BKN/Björkö Konstnod (artist run not for profit)  >>>
Location: Björkö in Northern Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

About the residency setting >>>

Walking in the area Väddö

We will focus on walks on Björkö but for some sessions we will go to Grisslehamn. Here Roslagsleden (The Trail of Roslagen) and no less than four pilgrim routes meet. On Björkö three are few trails so part of the program is to define some good ones. With this said there are also some historic walks suggested by the local heritage association.  


Hallberg and Skånberg have been following each other's practice since 2005. In 2022, they decided to start working together in addition to their separate practices.  At BKN they are sharing studio.  >>> 

May 21st Public walk day >>>

WAP24 happens through out the year with two intense sessions mid-may to end of June and then again mid August to end of September. Below you see invited walkers as well as return walkers. Selection process started for Open Call Walkers.

Selection process is now done. We have reached out to the artists below in grey. Red = already confirmed. It might be that you hear from us being on shortlist if so it will be prior to June 10th.

JUNE EDITION: mid May end of June. 

 SEPTEMBER EDITION: mid August to  end of September. Arrival no later than Sept 2nd.

Invited lead Walker/Co-curator, May-June:
John Schuerman (us), Studio 3

Cliff Andrade (pt/uk), Studio 15, May 10 days 
Bernadita Bennett (cl/de), Studio 5, May 10 days 
Lena Gemsöe, Studio 5 2 days
Vincent Strangl, Studio, 15- May 31st
 Juanma González,  May 5 days, Studio 15
Marina Pugina, Studio 22, May-June
Shi Tou, May 25-June 31
Ming, May 25-June 31

Invited lead Walker/Co-curator, August-September:
Antonia Aitken (au)

Arba Bektesh (al)
Hazel Mei (gb-sct/ch)
Hayley Whealan (uk), Sept 2-15 
Helen Edling Sept 1-15
Megan Hayes Sept 15-28 
Allison, Roberts, Sept

 Elisabeth Billander

Rebekah Dean (uk) - Jan-Feb, 6 weeks
Janice Jensen (de), March, 2 week
Juanma González (es/se) , March
Allison, Roberts, October
Biljana Furnadzieva, October

BKN affiliate artists: 
 Juanma González (se/es)
Marina Puginan (se/ru)
Anna Viola Hallberg (se), Ami Skånberg (se)

Curators WAP
Anna Viola Hallberg (se), Ami Skånberg (se)

WAP24 >>>

WAP24 June Edition Lead walker and co-curator: John Schuerman is an environmental artist and independent curator. His artwork reflects his deep interest in nature both human and nonhuman. His aesthetic style and social consciousness formed as he grew up on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin. His primary art practices are Walking and Drawing, which he uses to examine his community’s physical and psychic landscapes. As a curator he’s produced over 30 exhibitions across the Midwest on topics that address current concerns in our collective psyche.

WAP24 September Edition Lead walker and co-curator: Antonia Aitken based in lutruwita /Tasmania, Australia  since 2014.

Through a combination of field research and studio based practice my work is investigating social and environmental questions about how we engage with and interpret our relationships with place in a contemporary Australian context. How do we explore the complex and entangled imprint of settler colonialism and attempt to build ethical dialogue with the land and its communities

BKN welcomes you to leave your imprint as a physical work and/or an exposition. For 2024 some of the artists were also selected to represent BKN in Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm. We might do a special on walking and the arts for 2025.

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Curators for WAP23 and WAP24: Ami Skånberg & Anna Viola Hallberg
Venue: BKN/Björkö Konstnod >>>