The Danish Art Workshops (SVK) is offering residencies for anyone working professionally in the field of pictorial art, arts and crafts, design and restoration. The Danish Art Workshops (SVK) has got four deadlines a year for submitting applications: two in the spring and two in the autumn.
The most important criterion for the assessment is the project’s worth in terms of its artistic integrity and the quality of the craftsmanship involved.
If you’re interested try to catch the next spring deadline. Studios, workshops, flats and professional advice are all free of charge.
Anybody, from within or outside Denmark, working professionally in the field of pictorial art, arts and crafts, design and restoration may apply for residency.
Any application should be based on a concrete and well-defined project. Please note: Non-Danish applicants must have a project related to cultural activities within Denmark.
You will have to send in your own application, but needless to say joint projects are welcome, in which case the application should give an account of the background of everyone involved and of his or her role in the project.
Students cannot normally apply for residency on an equal basis with other artists and designers. This is because the governing board finds it to be of decisive importance that applicants have a documented professional career.
Normally you can apply for up to six months’ residency. There are no rules for how long in advance one may apply, but the committee may decide not to process your application until nearer the time.
Your residency is funded by a government grant as part of the general support for the arts. Studios, workshops, flats and professional advice are all free of charge. You will, however have to pay for your own materials and your phone bill.
- Large formats
At the Danish Art Workshops artists may work with very large formats, which would not be feasible in their own workshops using their own tools. They have the space for many large canvases, large-scale installation art and sculpture. Nowhere else in Denmark is it possible to work with such large-scale textile printing, weaving, darkroom work etc.
- Professional advice and guidance
The leaders of the workshops and the workshop consultants are professional artists and craftsmen/women. with many years of experience in working with art and artists as well as with arts and crafts and design. Their knowledge and experience have often proved valuable for resident users in realizing their projects in the exact right way.
- Concentrating on your project in a quiet working environment
Working with design and art requires a quiet working environment where you will be able to concentrate on your work. At the Danish Art Workshops the outside world is kept at bay, to the extent that this is possible. The workshops are a peaceful alternative to a shared drafting room or studio or to working from home.
Many former resident users have expressed the view that the milieu at the Danish Art Workshops, the daily contact with other artists and artist craftsmen etc, and the building itself all have served as an inspiration to them. The very dimensions of the physical space here have inspired some to create large-scale work that they would not otherwise have conceived.
To apply for a residency, fill in the application form with all formal information and send it to ansoegning [at] svfk.dk (please replace [at] with @).
The most important criterion for the assessment is the project’s worth in terms of its artistic integrity and the quality of the craftsmanship involved. See under How to write an application to see what should go into your application.