Asylum Arts, in collaboration with the Jewish Community in Stockholm is co-presenting the first Nordic Jewish Artist Retreat. The Retreat will take place from April 22-25, 2018. During this intensive four-day program, twenty-five multi-disciplinary emerging Jewish artists from the region will learn from local and international arts professionals, community leaders, Jewish educators, and from one another.
The Nordic Jewish Artist Retreat aims to empower artists to explore collaboration and innovative ways to build an integrated regional artist community and we will facilitate a nuanced conversation about Nordic Jewish culture and identity, appreciating the importance of the complex multiple identities and groups that co-exist. We hope to foster an artist community founded on reciprocity, collaboration and inclusivity to build the Jewish cultural landscape in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway.
The program does not end at the conclusion of the retreat. After the retreat, each artist benefits from community-based opportunities and becomes part of a global network of artists through the Asylum alumni community.
Logistics and Program
We will meet in Stockholm and continue to Glämsta, a historic location that has hosted Jewish artists and community members for over 100 years. Meeting at this rural retreat center, away from the distractions of our day-to-day lives, nurtures an environment dedicated to learning, creativity and growth. Each participating artist must commit to attending the entire retreat period, from Sunday to Wednesday, as it is essential to the goals of both communal and professional development.
Our programming includes master artists, community building, and exploration of Jewish history, identity, and wisdom. Additionally, each artist will share his or her creative work with the community.
While our retreat is subsidized, and all costs during the retreat period are covered, we ask each participant to pay a 50 Euro fee to demonstrate commitment to our program and its goals.
We are looking for artists who demonstrate a high level of excellence, work professionally in their field, and have a willingness to engage in a learning community and process. Artists should be within the stage of emerging, and generally within the ages of 22-45. We are open to all artistic disciplines, including visual arts, theater, performance, video, cinema, new media, dance, written media, music, etc. We are looking for people who are interested in exploring Jewish and artistic identity, and we consider "Jewish artist" to be a term that means many different things. Artists are eligible if they are currently living in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway. If you are a Nordic Jewish artist living outside of the region, please be in touch with us about potential eligibility.
Applications are due on January 10, 2018, and artists will be notified about their acceptance in late January.