Artists based in Sweden can apply for the studios at Iaspis twice a year. Artists from abroad are invited by Iaspis for longer or shorter periods, sometimes in connection with exhibitions or other projects in Sweden. The international residency program is by invitation only. The residency includes a studio, accommodation, travel expenses and a stipend.
Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's international programme for Visual and Applied Artists. Its mission is to work with internationalisation in various ways with the aim of increasing and developing contacts between Swedish artists and international institutions, fellow artists, the general public and the markets with the aim of contributing to artistic development and improved working and income opportunities. This is done by means of direct support for various forms of international cultural exchange, studio programmes in Sweden and abroad, informational activities and expert visits, as well as via a public programme of activities which formulate and explore topical issues in contemporary visual art and design from an international perspective.
The Iaspis programme comprises a total of twelve residencies in Sweden, nine of which are located in Stockholm, plus another three residencies courtesy of collaborative partners in Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå. Swedish visual artists and designers are eligible for four of the residencies in Stockholm. International grant holders are invited to participate in the programme and proposals can be submitted throughout the year.
The Iaspis program is based around nine studios at Södermalm in Stockholm, where both Swedish and international artists work. In addition to the studios in Stockholm there are three studios in Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå for international artists.