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IASPIS is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international Programme for Visual and Applied Arts. The programme is aimed at professional artistic practitioners within, for example, visual arts, crafts, design, illustration, architecture, spatial and urban practice.

IASPIS’ programme include residency programmes in Sweden and abroad, public programmes in Sweden and internationally, publications, expert visits programmes, regional and international collaboration programmes, and an archive. IASPIS’ programme aims to contribute in various ways to developing and deepening international contacts between practitioners, organisations, audiences and markets and in this way contribute to artistic development and improved job opportunities.

  • IASPIS residency programme offers space and time for artistic in-depth study, international cross-boundary meetings and knowledge exchange. The programme includes twelve residences in Sweden and eight abroad. In Sweden, there are nine residencies in the premises of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in Stockholm and three that are organised in collaboration with local actors in Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå. There are also a number of residences abroad that are organised in collaboration with organisations around the world. In Stockholm, four residences are open for applications from artists based in Sweden, the remaining five are reserved for international artists who have their main activity outside Sweden. The international artists are invited by IASPIS through proposals from artist colleagues, curators, critics and other actors in the field of visual and applied arts.

    IASPIS’ public programmes highlight and discuss current issues related to practice, theory and the various fields of activity in the field of visual and applied arts. With lectures, seminars, screenings and other events, the programme is presented both in Sweden and internationally, and digitally via the IASPIS website. The programme is developed by IASPIS in collaboration with Swedish and international partners. The purpose of IASPIS ’public programmes is to link residency programmes, expert visits and various collaborations and to make our activities accessible to a larger audience.

    IASPIS publications highlight and discuss practices and theories linked to the fields of visual arts, crafts, design, illustration, architecture, spatial and urban practice. The purpose of the publications are to document and make available IASPIS’ activities. They often serve as a starting point for international collaborations and contribute to Sweden-based artists’ visibility internationally.

    IASPIS expert visits are arranged to create meetings between Sweden-based artists and international actors such as curators, critics, writers or others connected to the field of visual and applied arts. There are two types of expert visits. One is organized by IASPIS based on external proposals. The second enables curators and others to apply for funding from IASPIS to arrange a visit themselves. The purpose is to help broaden and deepen the artists’ networks and contacts and to promote international work opportunities.

    IASPIS’ international collaboration projects in Sweden are aimed at legal entities, such as associations and organisations, who in various ways want to promote internationalisation in the field of visual and applied arts. Collaboration projects can e.g. be residency activities and public events. Proposed project ideas are developed in dialogue with IASPIS. Collaborative projects are intended to be a complement to scholarships and grants given to individual practitioners. The collaboration projects aim to promote the development of new initiatives around Sweden. IASPIS’ international strategic collaboration projects promote collaborations between international organisations that contribute to the ability of individual artists to work internationally. Projects are initiated and developed by IASPIS in collaboration with both Swedish and international actors. The collaboration projects aim is to further develop collaborations and develop and test new forms of business.

    The IASPIS archive collects information and documentation on Swedish and international artists in the field of visual and applied arts as well as IASPIS’ activities. The IASPIS archive is available in physical form in the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s premises in Stockholm and digitally on the IASPIS website. The archive aims to collect and make available information about individual practitioners and to document IASPIS’ activities.