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Apply now for the 2018 SoftLab Scholarship and Residency Programme!

SoftLab Scholarship and Residency Programme
2018-06-11

SoftLab is an open innovation environment with access to digital and conventional tools for textile related making. Applications are open to artists, creatives, makers, innovators and designers looking to develop their practice as part of the Sliperiet community during the autumn of 2018. 4 successful applicants will receive technical support, work space and a scholarship of 60000 sek each.  Additional support can be provided for final presentation/exhibitions of completed projects

Deadline 24th of June
Full details and information here

The programme is  funded through Hakon Swenson foundation and runs in collaboration with creative incubator eXpression Umeå. It is a residency programme with scholarship for creatives, artists and innovators in the textile and fashion related fields. The programme for 2018 will administer 60 000 SEK each to four projects, and give access to work space and tools over 3 months.  Participants are to develop their practice through a relevant project as part of the Sliperiet community. Support for final presentation/exhibition is available. 

Applicants must have documented experience from design, architecture, art, textile, or fashion production and a history of innovative projects. We also welcome applicants with a background in retail. A sustainability or environmental perspective is a merit. Applications will be judged both on the  on creative potential of the project as well as the suitability of the candidate. Please note that applicants can not be employed at Umeå University nor Uminova Holding or its' subsidiaries at present, or recently have had an employment there. Please also note that applicants must be EU-citizens. An application may include more than one applicant. The total scholarship amount will however remain the same.

Recipients are expected to spend three months in Umeå to develop their own practice and a project as part of the community of Sliperiet over three months (mid-September to mid-December, exact dates to be agreed with stipend reciepients.) Recipients must cover and organise their own travel, accomodation, materials and insurance. The results of the project will be disseminated in a suitable fashion (for instance exhibition, performance or video). Additional support for final presentation and communication can be made available depending on the nature of the project. The collaborating incubator eXpression Umeå can also give business support where relevant and connect the participants to relevant local networks.

Previous Recipients

Four people have received the SoftLabs Residency Scholarship since 2016: Minna PalmqvistRicardo O'Nascimento , and the artist duo María Castellanos och Alberto Valverde.


Minna Palmqvist works with feminist issues and ideas around the body- and the social body- in the realms of fashion and art. She used her residency to explore digital tailoring and making tools such as laser cutting, scanning and various software. The mannequins from the project No Body were 3D scanned. Minna found collaboration with fellow artist-in-residence Ricardo O'Nascimento resulting in the project 'Lazy Burlesque'.  

María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde explore relationships and intersections between man machine, often through interactive garments and wearables. The duo worked in Sliperiet's workshop during autumn 2016. The results of their work  the artwork "Symbiotic Interaction", have since then been touring around the world at various exhibitions and events. In autumn 2017, they took part in Nova XX in Brussels. In 2018, they will participate in Eco-Visionaries at the LABoral Art Center in Spanion. More about the duo is to be found at uh513.com.

Deadline 24th of June 4pm Swedish time
Full information  here