Tales from the Forest

Art Residency Program for professional illustrators. Hållnäs Konstkoloni, Sweden, 13th – 18th September 2022

UPDATE: We are excited to welcome the following illustrators to Hållnäs in September:

Marina Marcolin, Italy

Iris Compiet, Netherlands

Gaëlle  Duhazé, France

Alvaro Tapia, Sweden

Mattias Adolfsson, Sweden

Ulrika Kestere, Sweden

“Once upon a time it was all forest, Forest enough to be lost in it forever.” (Sara Maitland, Gossip from the Forest)

Forests are places of stories, mysteries, challenges and imagination.

In forests we can hide and seek, find gifts and perils and transform ourselves. And eventually reach knowledge and happiness ever after.

Forest are symbols and have a powerful role in many narratives, but are now at risk. 

Tales from the Forest  is a five day residency program in the forestry peninsula of Hållnäs, Sweden, run by artists for artists. We have invited six international illustrators to spend five days with us, to reflect together about the relation between Forests and Narratives and the role of storytelling in creating our idea about what a forest is and all the mysteries, secrets and challenges it brings. 

We offer the artists a collective immersion into the Scandinavian forest, where they can meet, discuss and elaborate new perspectives about Forest and Storytelling. It will be a collective experience with  time for walking, drawing, cooking, conversation and sharing our work with each other.

The selected artists are provided with accommodation, meals cooked from our vegetable garden and travel expenses covered.

The artists that will be part of the program are asked to prepare a short Artist Talk and participate in a public workshop for children, inviting the local community to take part in our work. This will take place in the nearby town, Tierp, on September 17th.

Hållnäs konstkoloni is a small, family-run venue for artistic residencies and courses in the forests close to the Baltic sea. For more images of this place and its surroundings, visit our Instagram profile.

Tales from the forest is initiated by artist and illustrator Isabella Bancewicz (IT), and facilitated by performance designer Åsa Norling (SWE) and chef/biology teacher Alexander Peck (UK).

Tales from the forest is generously supported by Kulturutveckling Region Uppsala, IASPIS/The Swedish Arts Grant Committee and Tierps kommun.