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RUD AIR is an Artist-In-Residence program in the rural area of Laxarby. It is situated 10 km east of the small town of Bengtsfors, in the province of Dalsland, South-West Sweden. Away from the energetic and often hectic art world of the cities, this residency provides a tranquil and intimate space for art and reflection. RUD AIR is first of all a retreat for artists. It is not a space for promotion, exhibition, strategic networking or facing a public audience. It is a space for reflection and rest in order to make space for something new.
RUD AIR wants to make space for the stillness and peace within the surrounding nature and within human consciousness. As a contrast to the excessive visual noice, imagery crap and egoistic self-affirmation, in this world of crisis and chaos - artists are welcomed to a possibility of being quiet and listen to the silence. RUD AIR wishes to give artists the opportunity to not produce or perform, but to gently direct their attention to the source from where ideas and creativity truly originates, before it is even called art. The boundless space within oneself that constantly redefines itself in relation to the world.
On the first floor, with a view over the surrounding landscape, there are two rooms with a shared kitchen and a private entrance. There is also a bathroom with a shower available on the ground floor. The kitchen is fully equipped. The rooms are light and supplied with basic furnishings. Extra beds are available if required.
The house has a large, spacious hall with an area of 115 square meters.
Measuring five meters from floor to ceiling, the hall has seven large windows which provide an impressive ambient light. There is, in addition, a little stage. The hall is available for artists from all creative fields. However the main focus is on the visual arts, writing and research. The studio is shared between the host and one to three residence artists at the time, with flexibility towards collaborative groups.
RUD AIR is situated eight km east of the small town of Bengtsfors, in the province of Dalsland, South-West Sweden. The bus stop, called “Trekanten Laxarby”, is 15 minutes walk from the house. The nearest train stations are in Ed and Åmål, approximately 30 km in both directions. It takes 2.5 hours to drive to Oslo and 2 hours to Gothenburg.