Call: Artist in Residence

Call: Artist in Residence

This call has now closed. There will be no new calls during 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. New positions will probably be announced in 2022.

Two fully-funded one-month art residencies

The Institute for Urban Research (IUR) invites artists to a one-month research-driven residency between 1 March 2020 and 20 December 2020 at Malmö University. The successful applicants will become part of an academic environment with a peer-to-peer exchange focused on urban issues of importance to the artist as well as the IUR. The IUR welcomes the artists-in-residence as an opening towards spaces and models for a creative and inclusive knowledge production concerned with contemporary urbanity. 

The residency is aimed at artists with previous experience of project-based work and an interest in or experience with artistic research. Artists are expected to present their work to the public and to researchers towards the end of the residency period in an exhibition, a seminar or a public event.

Artists will receive financial support and support from the IUR staff, who will facilitate contacts with local actors involved in current urban challenges. 

We offer

  1. The possibility to fully participate in the research activities of the IUR, such as seminars, workshops, debates, etc. See our Events section.
  2. Facilities at the university:
    • Desk space and library log-in
    • Access to studios for photography, video, and animation; a workshop for wood and metal works; and an electronics and print-lab at the School of Arts and Communication (K3).
  3. Salary (to be negotiated).
  4. Reimbursements of all expenses according to agreement.
  5. Help finding temporary accommodation.
  6. Opportunities for pop-up exhibition and/or collaboration with exhibition centers in Malmö.
  7. The opportunity to be in Malmö, a youthful city with a lively contemporary art scene (museums and galleries, both traditional and community-driven).

How to apply

The application deadline is 11 December 2019 (23:59, CET). The application should include:

  1. A one page motivation letter.
  2. A one to two page project proposal, including a plan for activities. The IUR will look favourably at applications referring to existing projects at the Institute, or otherwise concretely defined urban challenges (for a list of research projects at the IUR, see our Research section).
  3. A CV and artist statement.
  4. A portfolio with 5 -10 examples of representative work, primarily from the last two years. State the title, year, technique and size of each work. The portfolio can be uploaded in an external website and delivered to us through a link in your application.

Selection criteria

  • The quality of the motivation letter, the project proposal, the CV, the artist statement and the portfolio.
  • Connection of the proposed art project to current urban challenges, current research projects at the IUR, and/or the urban environment of Malmö as a place to do art.
  • Ability to show a conceptual and experimental approach.


Guy Baeten, Director of the Institute for Urban Research.

Sara Bjärstorp, Head of Department, School of Arts and Communication (K3).

For general employment and procedural questions, contact Rebecka Forslund, Human Resources.

Apply here

About the Institute for Urban Research and Malmö University 

The Institute for Urban Research (IUR) at Malmö University, Sweden, is a newly established interdisciplinary research institute that brings together geographers, historians, economists, planners, architects, urban designers, political scientists, ethnologists, anthropologists and sociologists. Our researchers conduct research in the fields of migration, housing and urban renewal, urban economics, mobilities, social sustainability, urban ecology, urban histories, among other topics.

By bringing together urban researchers at Malmö University, the IUR seeks to trigger synergies between different strands of research around urban challenges currently existing at Malmö University. The IUR has a threefold aim. First, it wants to expose urban challenges in our research. Second, it wants to propose urban solutions to those challenges, which take the form of scientific interventions, practical solutions resulting in policy advice, and education. Third, it wants to engage in urban transformation through not only gathering knowledge about challenges and proposing solutions, but by playing a pro-active role in the implementation of those proposals through intense collaboration with authorities, private actors and civil society groups.  

Malmö University is a young university that recently received a significant increase in research funding from the Swedish government. Its number of researchers and its research activities are rapidly expanding. The city of Malmö is located in the very south of Sweden and is very close to the Danish capital Copenhagen with its excellent international travel connections.