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Nordic Leipzig

In collaboration with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) the Goethe-Institute offers Nordic artists the opportunity to take up a three-month residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei. At the beginning of the 20th century the Baumwollspinnerei (cotton mill) was the site of Europe’s largest processing centre for cotton, today it houses the cultural centre for one of the most exciting places for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture in Europe.

Halle 14 Ausstellungskubus, 2009Foto: Claus Bach

Artist-in-residence program for Nordic artists in Leipzig

The artists in Leipzig receive their own studio and are professionally accompanied by the “Atelier für Radierung Maria und Vlado Ondrej“ in the production of a graphic work. The works that are being produced during the residencies will be exhibited to interested visitors at the quarterly occuring gallery tour, “Spinnereirundgang“. Moreover, after the conclusion of the residencies, the graphic works of all northern European artists-in-residence will be exhibited on tour through northern Europe.

Videostill Spinnereirundgang
© Goethe-Institut Dänemark/Miriam Arndts

Residencies as a stage for cultural exchange

Residencies are in step with the times and are highly coveted among artists. They allow a concentrated period of development away from familiar surroundings. Moreover, they offer a chance for new impressions, inspiration, and the growth of one‘s professional network. New ideas are born out of exchanges with local artists and curators, and from here new projects can be developed and realised.  
The Goethe-Institut has made the promotion of cultural exchanges one of its aims. Residency programmes for international artists help achieve this aim. Nordic Leipzig does not merely bring Scandinavian artists and their German contemporaries together, it also offers participants from Scandinavia the opportunity for cultural exchange amongst each other.

Leipzig International Art Programme

Current Artists in Residence

Michelle Eistrup Photo: Courtesy of SPACED 3

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Michelle Eistrup

Visual artist Michelle Eistrup is participating in the artist-in-residence programme at Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2020. 

Meik Brüsch Photo (Detail): Harald Holst

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Meik Brüsch

From August to October 2020 Meik Brüsch – a visual artist and ethnologist – will attend the LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) in the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei as an artist-in-residence.

Former participants

Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir © Anne Luft

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Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir

Icelandic artist Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir was taking part in the third LIA residency period.

Martin Stråhle Portrait © Martin Stråhle

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Martin Stråhle

Swedish artist Martin Stråhle left the Norwegian woods to live at Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August til October 2019.

Elisabeth Moritz Photo (detail): Elisabeth Moritz

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Elisabeth Moritz

Artist Elisabeth Moritz was the second guest from Sweden in this LIA residency period.

Anna Taina-Nielsen: Tied up Photo (detail): Anna Taina-Nielsen

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Anna Taina-Nielsen

From August until October 2019, Anna Taina-Nielsen was the second Danish artist to participate in the artist-in-residence programme in Leipzig.

Bjargey Olafsdottir Photo (detail): Laufey Elíasdóttir

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Bjargey Olafsdottir

Bjargey Olafsdottir – a multidisciplinary artist – represented Iceland during the second residency period in Leipzig.

Conny Karlsson Lundgren, July 2018 Photo (detail): © Courtesy of the artist

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Conny Karlsson Lundgren

Conny Karlsson Lundgren from Sweden stayed in Leipzig from February to April 2019 for his residency at Baumwollspinnerei.

Tuukka Haapakorpi: WhatsApp Image 2018-10-31 at 16.09 Photo (detail): Tuukka Haapakorpi

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Tuukka Haapakorpi

The second Finnish guest was multidisciplinary artist Tuukka Haapakorpi. The Finn was artist-in-residence at Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei from February to April 2019.

Maja Gade Christensen Photo (Detail): Arngrímur Borgþórsson

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Maja Gade Christensen

The first representative of Denmark is the artist Maja Gade Christensen, who will travel on November 1st to the Nordic Leipzig Programme in Leipzig.

Vibeke Frost Andersen Photo (detail): Privatbillede

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Vibeke Frost Andersen

Representing Norway as the first residency participant is Vibeke Frost Andersen.

Tanja Koljonen Photo (Detail): Juuso Noronkoski

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Tanja Koljonen

The third artist of the first residence intake hails from Finland. Tanja Koljonen lives and works in Helsinki.