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Nordic Leipzig

In partnership with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme), the Goethe-Institute offers Nordic artists the opportunity to take up a three-month residency at the Cultural Centre Spinnerei Leipzig. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Spinnerei was Europe’s largest cotton mill, today it is one of the most exciting places for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and culture in Germany.

Halle 14 Ausstellungskubus, 2009Foto: Claus Bach

Nordic Leipzig 2023

The Goethe-Institut and LIA-Leipzig International Art Programme are pleased to announce the five artists who have been selected for a three-month residency at the Spinnerei Leipzig for the period February to May 2023:

Amalie Gabel (Denmark)
Johanna Oskarsson (Sweden)
Charles Young (Scotland)
Heikki Kaski (Finland)
Linda Morell (Norway)

We thank all participating artists for their interest in the Nordic Leipzig call.

Further information on the participating artists will follow in the coming weeks.

Key information about the residency:

  • Free accommodation in an 83 square meter furnished studio
  • Bursary towards travel and production costs: 700 euros
  • Participation in weekly etching workshops at the Maria & Vlado Ondrej Studio for Contemporary Etching
  • Participation in a curated group show during the Spinnerei Gallery Tour
  • Curatorial advice by LIA director Anna-Louise Rolland
  • Residency dates: 1 February to 30 April 2023


Artist-in-residence program for Nordic artists in Leipzig

The artists in Leipzig receive their own studio and are professionally accompanied by LIA director Anna-Louise Rolland and her team. Moreover, the artists will have the opportunity to participate in a curated group show during the Spinnerei Gallery Tour.


© Goethe-Institut Dänemark/Miriam Arndts

Residencies as a stage for cultural exchange

Residencies are highly coveted among artists. They allow a concentrated period of development away from familiar surroundings. Moreover, they provide the opportunity to gain new impressions and inspiration, and to build up a network. In interaction with local artists and curators, new ideas emerge and new projects can be developed and realised.  

Leipzig International Art Programme

Current Artists in Residence

Amalie Gabel © Poul Henningsen

Amalie Gabel (DK)

Danish artist Amalie Gabel, born in 1992, works with painting, installation and texts. During her three-month stay in Leipzig, she intends to work on a new book project. The texts will be complemented by a new series of square paintings in which the artist wishes to explore the following themes: “Windows into all the lives I haven’t lived, situations that never became doors.”

Charles Young Photo: A. Bösenberg (2022)

Charles Young (SCT)

The Scottish Charles Young studied architecture. His sculptures, in paper and wood, and animations draw from the forms and structures of the built environment. During his time in Leipzig, Young will be looking at the structures of the Spinnerei as well as other places in the city. The size of the studio space will allow him to focus on producing larger pieces of work in wood, cane and paper than has been possible up to this stage.

Linda Morell © Linda Morell

Linda Morell (NO)

Linda Morell is a visual artist based in Bergen who mainly works with sculpture and installation, forming speculative futures based on myths, science and medicine. During her residency at LIA Morell will focus on pharmaceutical properties in plants and hormonal interactions across the plant and animal kingdom.

Johanna Oskarsson © Johanna Oskarsson

Johanna Oskarsson (SE)

The Swedish artist Johanna Oskarsson’s practice is based in the visual aesthetics that is a darkening echo of the subcultures of post-punk and the industrial scene of the 80’s. Techniques she works in are drawing, film and digital jacquard weaving. During her stay in Leipzig she will work on a project around the proletarian socialist weightlifting clubs that were present in Germany in the 1920s -1930s.

Heikki Kaski © M. Lebryk 2022

Heikki Kaski (FI)

Heikki Kaski is a Finnish artist working with visual art, sound and performance. The background of his visual art practice is photography, and it permiates also the other “categories” of visual arts that he does, be it painting or video. The other trajectory of his work is sound and especially vocal sound.

Former participants

Duy Nguyen © Ayo

Nordic Leipzig
Duy Nguyen (NO)

Duy Nguyen is a Norwegian-Vietnamese artist. His works span photography, design, and video. During his residency at LIA from August to October 2022; he wants to explore and reconstruct his childhood and family memories through a mixture of subjective recollections and imagination.

Madelin Wilian © Troels Løkza

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Madelin Wilian (DK)

During her residency at Spinnerei Leipzig, the Danish painter Madelin Wilian would like to explore various examples of alternative communities as part of a primarily painting-based project.

The artist Caroline Thon in front of two of her paintings. Photo: Rosenstjerne

Nordic Leipzig
Caroline Thon

The visual artist Caroline Thon is participating in the artist-in-residence programme LIA (Leipzig International Art Program) at the Arts and Culture Centre, Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2021.

The icelandic artist Atli Bollason. Foto: Íris Dögg Einarsdóttir

Nordic Leipzig
Atli Bollason

Icelandic artist Atli Bollason is participating in the artist-in-residence programme LIA (Leipzig International Art Program) at the Arts and Culture Centre, Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig from August to October 2021.

Michelle Eistrup Photo: Courtesy of SPACED 3

Nordic Leipzig
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.

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 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.