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International exchange and travel

Cultural echange abroad

In order to receive a grant for cultural exchange abroad, you must have an invitation from the organiser/collaborative partner in the country you wish to visit. The invitation must explain what you are going to do, and when, and which costs the inviting partner will cover (e.g. fee, accommodation, premises).

Exhibitions abroad
Financial support for exhibitions abroad may be given for travelling, transport and insurance expenses and subsistence in connection with installations/openings.

Work or Study Residencies
A visual artist or designer who has been invited to a work or study residency may apply for a grant to cover travelling expenses, participation fees, subsistence. A copy of the invitation shall be enclosed with the application.

An individual artist may receive a grant for active participation in the form of lectures at international seminar, conference or to conduct a workshop abroad. The grant may cover costs for travel, participation fee and subsistence.

Cultural Exchange in Sweden

Swedish visual artists and designers can apply for financial support for privately initiated collaborative projects in Sweden with international colleagues. The focus should be on the benefit the Swedish artist derives from the collaboration. The projects can be designed as symposia, seminars, workshops, or suchlike. The framework of Collaborative Projects does not grant support for exhibitions. The grant may cover the invited artists’ travel and living expenses and also premises where the cooperation takes place.

Travel grant

Travel grants give artists the opportunity, without an invitation to travel abroad for a short time in work or educational purposes. For example you can get grants for self-initiated residencies, participation in seminars / conferences or for study stay to attend courses. The trip shall promote your own artistic development and / or employment opportunities.


Only applicants whose main artistic practices are in Sweden or who are permanent residents of Sweden may be awarded a grant. No grants are awarded for undergraduate art education.

If there are other artists that will participate in the same exhange, you must submit separate applications.

You can apply for the grant continuously and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee makes decisions four times a year. Go to the website for current processing and decision date. Note that in order to be considered, your application must reach the Swedish Arts Grants Committee no later than the deadline.

The application should preferably be done online via the Arts Grants Committee’s website. To be able to apply for grants through this service, you must identify yourself with an e-legitimation. For that you need an e-legitimation, please contact your bank. Would you still apply with a form, please use the form that is a fillable PDF file on the website. Please note that the form must be printed, signed and sent in by mail to be valid.

Work samples

Your application must include 5‐10 work samples of representative works made in the last two years. If you apply digitally, upload your work samples at the end of the application process. If you apply on paper format, your work samples must fit a standing A4 sheet. Paper applications with work samples will be scanned and made available in digital format for the examiners.

Obligatory appendices

Work or study residency

- the information material on the work or study place, or the course
- The invitation with stipulations (refers only to exchange abroad))
Exhibition abroad
- A list of the host institution’s exhibitions the last two years
- The invitation with stipulations


Criteria and decision

The guiding principle in the awarding of the grants is the artistic quality of the applicants’ work and the range of his or her artistic practice. The Iaspis delegation attaches great importance to the context, conditions and the expected benefit. There is also an emphasis on distributing the grants across different genres and geographies. Aspects of equality and diversity are also taken into consideration.


Payment and taxes

Grants for international cultural exchange is paid to the account that you specified in the application. The grant is tax-free.



If you are awarded a grant, you must submit a written report of the exchange to the Swedish Arts Grants Committee within a month of the exchange. It should include how the exchange took place, what expe-riences you have made, what results you gained from it, the financial results and how it appeared that the exchange was supported by the Committee. If the grant is not used up, you may have to repay part of the grant. Failure to report may affect your ability to get support in the future.

If the exchange change in an essential way to what is stated in the application, or if for some reason it is canceled, the Arts Grants Committee ar to be contacted immediately. Changes must be approved before the exchange, otherwise it could mean that the premium or part of the grant must be repaid.

If you recive or have received a grant for the same purpose as this grant, you should notify the Arts Grants Committee the amount of the grant that is to be reduced. In the event that costs are covered by other grant funds, it could mean that the premium or part of the grant must be repaid.

Uppdaterad: 2015-03-05 Tipsa om sidan



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