Environmental considerations must be taken into account when selecting materials and manufacturing methods. The artist is contractually bound to follow Region Stockholm’s environmental requirements. Operating and maintenance instructions for the artwork will be produced in dialogue with the Culture Administration, who is responsible for the management of the art.view
Do you accept applications from international artists?
Yes, we accept applications from professional artists based in Sweden and abroad.
International artists who experience technical problem with creating an account on the procurement system Mercell TendSign, can contact them for support.
Telephone (+46) 31 360 60 02view
Region Stockholm’s healthcare services are located in Stockholm. We warmly welcome applications from artists based in other parts of Sweden and abroad. If you are awarded a sketch assignment, many of the contacts can be done digitally. However, in certain situations, you must be prepared to travel to Stockholm to learn about the specific context of the project, and in certain cases to deliver your sketch assignment. If you are awarded a commission, you will also have to travel to Stockholm for installation of the artwork.view
Most of the Open Calls are for sites or spaces that are yet to be built. Therefore we are unable to provide images of the site. When architectural drawings or renderings are available they are usually published in the Open Call.
Please note, we do not require sketches to be submitted with the application for Open Calls. Detailed information on the site will be provided to artists selected to submit a sketch assignment.view
Konstnärsbasen is Stockholm County Council’s digital database of artists in which all professional artists – Swedish and international – have the opportunity to showcase their work.
The database is intended for the use of Stockholm County Council’s Culture Administration’s project managers and art advisors. While not open to the public, it is subject to the Principle of Public Access to Official Documents.
Artists can create their own profile page in Konstnärsbasen and upload their portfolio, CV and contact details. When applying for Open Calls, you can use your profile in Konstnärsbasen as reference material to simplify the application process.
Members of Konstnärsbasen automatically receive email notifications when we publish Open Calls.view
All Open Calls are published on the Stockholm County Council Culture Administration’s website, www.kultur.sll.se/en.
Members of Konstnärsbasen, the Culture Administration’s database for artists, receive email notifications when we publish Open Calls.
The Culture Administration also has a Facebook page where Open Calls are published (in Swedish only).view
Applications for Open Calls are first reviewed and assessed by the Region Stockholm Culture Administration’s Art Department in collaboration with external independent art advisors. The selection is then presented to representatives of the hospital, construction managers and architects for comments connected to their area of expertis. The decision on which artist(s) will be selected will be taken by the Director/Haed of the Art Department, delegated by the Region stockkholm Culture Committee. Namnes of the artist will not be revealed until final descision.view
Results of Open Calls are also published on the Stockholm County Council Culture Administration’s website, kultur.sll.se, via the communication service MyNewsDesk, and on the Culture Administration’s Facebook page. Please note that this information is published in Swedish only.view
Stockholm County Council’s Art Department manages art projects in the county’s healthcare environments and maintains the county’s art collection of more than 60,000 works – one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in Sweden. The Art Department collaborates regularly with artists to produce artworks in newly-constructed buildings for the county’s healthcare services. Our projects are publicly financed.
The Art Department’s participation in the county’s construction projects opens for artists to engage in dialogue with healthcare personnel, architects, interior designers and construction managers. Each project is unique and our audience is diverse. We value artists’ response to a project’s specific context. The Art Department works actively to locate and secure opportunities for art commissions and strives to involve artists at an early stage of the construction planning processes.
We believe art can provide valuable human and existential reflections at different stages of a person’s life. We are also convinced that art plays an important role for patients, staff and visitors in the healthcare environment.view
When working with the Culture Administration, artists create art in public spaces, either in healthcare environments or adjacent thereto. The extent of the public or private character, as well as the openness and the privacy of the sites, may vary widely. The art is always produced specifically for the location and the context it is part of.view
The healthcare environment often presents unique opportunities while demanding specific considerations from the artist, including, for example, hygiene requirements that impact material choices and patient experiences that may influence the content of the commission.view
Construction projects usually extend over several years. As a consequence of the Art Department’s early involvement in the construction process, the commissioning process can also extend over several years and be impacted by changes in the construction schedule as well as architectural plans. Time schedules, processes and deliveries are coordinated with the construction project.view
The art is an element of an architectural context which implies collaboration with many different actors, including the Culture Administration’s project managers, art advisers, construction project supervisors, architects and representatives of the commissioners. With its extensive experience of producing art projects in the healthcare environment the Art Department will support the artist throughout all stages of the commission.view
To be eligible for a public art commission, you must fulfil the following requirements:
- You must be a professional artist.
- When the commission is awarded, you must be registered for Swedish F-tax - as a sole trader or company, or equivalent company status in the country where you are based, and be able to send legally valid invoices in compliance with relevant tax regulations.
We are open to working with artists who are not self-employed or have their own companies. If you are awarded a sketch assignment, please let us know how you plan to send us legally valid invoices.view
Yes. You can provide information on your co-applicant in the application form.view
The web application form for the Open Call, your CV and visual reference materials.
In the application form, you can submit your CV and visual reference materials by referring to your account at Konstnärsbasen, or by uploading the reference material in your application of interest in Mercell TendSign.view
The Stockholm County Council Culture Administration has a database for artists called Konstnärsbasen. As a member of it, you can showcase your work and receive information on Open Calls. Please refer primarily to your account in Konstnärsbasen in your application.
If you do not wish to register in Konstnärsbasen, you can refer to a website where we can find your CV and visual reference material.
If neither Konstnärsbasen nor web references work for you, you can submit physical materials. In such case, please make sure both your CV and visual reference materials are included.view
The Stockholm County Council Culture Administration does not require sketches at the application stage. To apply, submit the application form for the Open Call, include your CV and visual reference materials. Additional comments can be made in a free text box in the application form. We do not require sketches as we believe it is important to support and compensate artists in the commissioning process.view
The criteria for a specific project are formulated in the Open Call. The artist(s) deemed to have the best ability to execute the commission in its specific context will be invited to submit a sketch.
In general, our assessment of applications is made based on the following:
- Artistic expression and artistic quality.
- Previous work.
- Knowledge of materials and technical solutions.
- Experience of working with environmental and architectural considerations.
The Art Department, as part of the Region Stockholm, strives to work for diversity and prioritises artists who have not previously been awarded our projects.view
You can email images of the artwork(s) and related materials, for example a CV of the artist, to email@example.com.
This information will be shared with the Stockholm County Council Culture Administration’s Art Department’s project managers, who collaborate with external independent art advisors in acquiring artworks for the County Council’s healthcare and administration environments. If your artwork(s) are considered for acquisition for a project, you will be contacted.
Please note that the contexts of our projects vary. Artworks that are suitable for one environment may not work so well in another. Even if your works are considered, it may take some time before a suitable project is found.
We also encourage artists who are interested in our projects to create a profile in our database for artists, Konstnärsbasen.view