About Gathenhielmska Huset

Built in 1745, Gathenhielmska Huset is one of Gothenburg’s oldest and most fascinating buildings, with a multitude of stories etched into its walls.

After being closed to the public for many years, Gathenhielmska has recently opened its doors as a centre for artistic and cultural activities. The venue offers unique studio spaces for creative practitioners, as well as a diverse, year-round programme of events and exhibitions.


Artist Residency Opportunity

As part of our artistic programme, we offer a residency programme for local artists. This scheme is intended to provide artists who are at an early stage of their career with time and space to develop their practice in a unique environment, as well as opportunities to meet other creative practitioners from a variety of backgrounds.

Our Winter residency programme invites artists to draw inspiration from the paintings, patterns and tapestries that adorn the venue’s walls. Some of these artworks are older than the house itself; some are much more recent. The multiplicity found within the walls of Gathenhielmska invites us to interrogate linear notions of history, to question ideas of authorship, and to examine the blurriness of boundaries – between truth and fiction, then and now, here and there.

We are inviting an artist to visit Gathenhielmska Huset for a week-long residency, to create new artwork in response to – or in conversation with – the house. The residency should be carried out in November / December 2021.

Gathenhielmska Huset will be made available to the successful artist as both a studio and exhibition space. The artist will have the option of exhibiting their work inside a newly built lekstuga in the venue’s garden, which is being produced by woodwork artist Esbjörn Grip and child design studio Lekkontoret and will open in early December.

Versaillesrummet at Gathenhielmksa Huset

What we can offer

    • A stipend of 7 000 kr to cover materials and other costs during the residency.
    • Studio space at Gathenhielmska Huset during the residency.
    • Residency exhibition (dates to be discussed).
    • Assistance with exhibition planning and marketing.
    • Opportunities to collaborate with other creatives working at Gathenhielmska Huset, including textile artists, design groups, authors, ceramicists and more.

OBS. Gathenhielmska Huset does not provide accommodation or transport during the residency.



    • Our Autumn open call is targeted at early career artists working in print media, illustration and photography.
    • Artists who can show evidence of site-specific or community-based work will be prioritised.
    • You should be based in Gothenburg / VGR and able to commute to the venue.
    • We do not require applicants to hold a BA, BAFA, MA or MAFA.
    • We accept applications from collectives or collaborative groups.


    • Participating artists will be required to devote a minimum of 5 days to the project, with a minimum of 3 days on site.
    • We request that artists-in-residence participate in open studios or offer at least one public engagement activity (eg a workshop) during the residency.
    • We would like the artist to donate one work (for example a prepatory sketch), to form part of the Gathenhielmska archive.

How to apply

Please submit a short letter of motivation / project plan (max 500 words) and a portfolio to artistresidency@gathenhielmska.se

We accept applications in Swedish and English.

Applications will be accepted until 26th October.

The selected artist will be notified by 2nd November.