Apply now for 2018 SoftLab Residency Scholarship!


About SoftLab Residency Scholarship

The SoftLab Residency and Scholarship 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.  

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 or permanent residents in Sweden. 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.

How to Apply

Applications are recieved via e-mail to
Deadline is 24th of June 2018 by 4pm Swedish time 

Applications must include (preferably as one PDF):
- Letter with project description (1 x A4)
- CV (1 x A4) including references with contact details for previous projects
- portfolio: either as a PDF (<5 MB) or link to website

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
- level of creativity and innovation in proposed project and evidenced by previous work (letter and portfolio)
- suitability of candidate in a collaborative setting (references and CV)
- how well we think our competence and technical infrastructure can support a successful project

Chosen candidates will be contacted by the 2nd of July at the latest. 

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