Sliperiet is a cross-disciplinary, collaborative and experimental platform at the Umeå Arts Campus

Sliperiet is a part of Umeå University, located at Umeå Arts Campus adjacent to the river. It is a place where researchers, businesses, students, entrepreneurs and creatives meet to develop and realize ideas. At Sliperiet boundaries are crossed; between art and science, between academia and businesses, and between the now and the future. Sliperiet initiates, supports and facilitates innovation, collaboration and research.

Here prototyping labs and studios for visualization and media production equipped with powerful digital production technologies are made available to academia and business . A business incubator for creative industries is located on the top floor, along with office spaces available to rent for researchers, students, creatives and entrepreneurs. The spaces are designed to stimulate exchange of ideas and collaboration.

The workshops and studios are based on open innovation and a culture of sharing knowledge and experience. The unique environment is steeped in norm critical perspectives, supporting diversity and equal opportunities. 

A historical building

The building was designed by Norwegian engineer Alf Prydz, apart from the decorative brick façade which was designed by architect Sigge Cronstedt. Built in 1909 commissioned by Scharinska, the first large industrial business in Umeå, for mechanical paper pulp production. The manufacturing shut down in the 1950's, after which the building was used by other industry. In 1986 it was refurbished to house Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. When Umeå Arts Campus was extended, the building took on yet another life as a new collaboration and innovation space was created and and inaugurated as Sliperiet in September 2014.

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