Three of our Uppsala artists will attend ”Monuments for life”

The three Uppsala artists Sergio Perea,  Anna Löwdin and Bill-Ove Jonsson have been invited to take part in an Art Symposium called  ”Monuments for life” in Böse Natursteinwerk Großenlüder near Fulda coordinated by Dr. Ulrich Barnickel. A team of sculptors will have the opportunity to work together in this Symposium with stones of granite, marble and basalt and all the necessary tools available in the open atelier. There will also be a following exhibition curated by Dr Barnickel.

Dr Barnickel met the swedish artists and saw examples of their work during his scholarship visit in Uppsala and fortunately they are able to attend. The symposium will take place in the two first weeks of July 2015. We at Studiefrämjandet are very happy about this exciting international collaboration! 

For all our Swedish readers who may not be able to visit the Symposium this summer there is an opportunity to see works from Anna, Bill-Ove and Sergio in a group exhibition at Edsviks konsthall opening today!/Christina

More information from the company behind the Symposium:

”We, Heinz and Susanne Böse are a producer of monuments for the
German market…- But we like to create the idea for a sculpture
which accompanies people their whole life. Together we will create a new concept ”Lebenssteine” – ”monuments for life” People get first time a monument when they have died: a tombstone. The idea is to create a sculpture which accompanies people during their life. The expression of this scuplture is a positive emotion- fitting to it´s owner. The sculpture can have it´s place in house or garden.”
See more about our company on our two Web sites: and


Congratulations to Adina Almén!

This years swedish scholarship holder is artist Adina Almén! Adina works in several of Studiefrämjandets projects and with courses for children and teenagers.


Adina at ”Designlabbet”

You can read more about Adina and see some examples of her artworks on her homepage

The presentation below is written by the artist:

”I’m born in Uppsala 1985 and after some years of study on different locations in Sweden I returned here. I’ve studied acting, theater teaching and visual art. In 2011 I got my bachelor degree in fine arts in Textile art from Steneby – School of Crafts and Design.
I like to work with installations and spatial art forms. My main material is textile but animation, video and drawings is also a big part of my artistry.
I haven’t yet visit Kleinsassen but I’m looking forward to spend some time there.”

Sergio Perea, the Swedish scholarship holder 2012

During this spring we will present one scholarship holder each week . This week we take a closer look at the swedish recipient 2012. The presentation below is written by the artist./Christina


Picture borrowed from

Sergio Perea Jerez
”Artist and art restorer, educated in Sweden and Italy.
I was born in Santiago de Chile 1963 and moved to Sweden in 1974.
Currently living in Uppsala, Sweden.

As a sculptor I work mostly in stone but sometimes also in wood and metal.
When I paint I use what i have learned as a restorer of paintings to create the surfaces and textures that I want.

I organize sculpture workshops and teach stone sculpture, both at my studio in an old observatory in Uppsala and in Carrara, Italy.  Together with colleagues I am a part Global Stone Workshop that create opportunities for artist to work in stone all over the world.

I am an active member of the artist association in Uppsala, Uppsala Konstnärsklubb, and I believe that it is very important for artists from different countries to meet and work together. The collaboration with Kunststation Kleinsassen is very valuable to us and meetings with artists have been much appreciated.
When writing this I have not yet visited the Kunststation Kleinsassen so I am much looking forward to doing so.”

Visit Sergios homepage to learn more about his work /Christina

Kajsa Gustafsson, the Swedish scholarship holder 2013

During this spring we will present one scholarship holder each week . This week we take a closer look at the swedish recipient 2013. The presentation below is written by the artist./Christina


Kajsa Gustafsson working for Studiefrämjandet at Disponentvillans dag 2014. Photo Christina Hillheim

Kajsa Gustafsson

”During my thirtyfive years of living, I have been studying painting at Gerlesborgsskolan in
Stockholm, and Fine art and theatre design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
For my examproject at the Rietveld I made a costume for a smaller truck that I also lived in. I turned it in to a kind of performancemachine, and used it for planting seeds of imagination in the streets of Amsterdam.
After returning to Sweden I have been working a little behind the stage and as a truckdriver.
At the moment I am mainly busy with my own art and teaching both arts and crafts. Since
2007 I am a member of the Uppsala Association of artists, UKK, and the national Association of artists, KRO.
Making art is for me not only creating objects, but also creating spaces where creativity can happen. In this I work a lot with Studiefrämjandet, teaching courses and creating festivals. I also work with exhibitions, theatreperformances and artprojects with schools. I believe that the creativity of every single person is extremely important.

In my artwork, at the moment, I use wood, metal, biketubes, charcoal and oil on canvas. I´m intrigued by light and language, both being capable of creating great illusions. During the process of making I always use writing.

I had the privilege to receive the grant  to spend time at Kunststation Kleinsassen in march
2014, where I got to exhibit my work in the Seminar room. I was very well received in
Kleinsassen and had a very interesting and fruitful period of exploring the beautiful
surroundings, and working with drawings and sculpting in the big apartment above the
Kunststation. I am very thankful for having received this opportunity!”

See some of Kajsas artworks at her webpage


The Exhibition Konst från Sverige in Kleinsassen 2011

When we finally arrived in Kleinsassen the remarkable Kunststation building and the surroundings greeted us with a stunning beauty. We all felt extremely priviliged to be a part of the exhibition. The opening night was memorable and represented the culmination of a wonderful visit where our German hosts spoiled us and made us feel welcome.

In 2011 we started planning the humble answer to this, an exhibition in Uppsala with german artists that had received the scholarship. Sadly, we have no Kunststation in Uppsala and it was not an easy task to find a suitable location. After having considered the alternatives Gunnel Sörbom talked to Uppsala Konstnärsklubb/Uppsala ArtistsClub about the possibilities of them hosting the exhibition. The club has access to exhibition rooms at Walmstedska gården, an area with buildings built between1855-1860 situated in central Uppsala. She also felt that it would be a place where the german artists could be warmly welcomed to Uppsala by their colleagues and fellow scholarship holders. All photos are taken by Bill-Ove Jonsson/Christina

Agneta Forslund

Gunnel Sörbom from Studiefrämjandet Uppsala and Agneta Forslund surrounded by Agnetas paintings

Anna-Karin Brus_1

Anna-Karin Brus and some of her Vanitas collagepaintings

Anna-Karin Brus_2

Christina Hillheim (yes, the editor of this blog!) and Anna-Karin

Bill-Ove Jonsson

Three paintings by Bill-Ove Jonsson

Bill-Ove Katariina F o Henny Linn

Artworks by Bill-Ove, Katriina Flensburg and a hanging clay installation by Henny Linn Kjellberg

Bodil Gellermark

Bodil Gellermark

Henny Linn Kjellberg

Henny Linn Kjellberg

Katrina Loelv

Agneta Forslund and Katrina Loelv in front of Katrinas installation

Katriin Flensburg

Katriina Flensburgs artworks


Anna Löwdin, the swedish scholarship holder 2014

During this spring we will present one holder of the scholarship each week . Starting with last years swedish recipient who is a painter and sculptor. The presentation below is written by the artist.

Anna Löwdin


Photo borrowed from Anna Löwdins personal webpage

”Born 1960 in Uppsala, Sweden but spent a large part of my childhood in Florida, USA. Now living in Uppsala and working at my studio in an old observatory just outside the city.
For many years I have been painting abstract landscapes that I think may seem very empty to others. I have wanted to depict space and light through color and texture without objects that limit and define the sense of proportion.

With time I have been doing more and more sculptures and have come to believe that they are the ones inhabiting the paintings, but outside of the picture.
Together with colleagues in Global Stone Workshop I organize and teach stone sculpting workshops in Sweden and Italy.
I have not yet been to Kunststation Kleinsassen but have enjoyed meeting several artists from there when they have visited Uppsala.  For me as an artist it is invaluable to be able to visit other places and meet with the artists that work there.

I am looking forward to both the exhibition with our colleagues from Germany here in Uppsala and to my own visit to Kunststation Kleinsassen.”

Visit Annas webpage to see more of her work: Anna Löwdins personal webpage


More memories from 2011 – Fulda and Fuldaer Haus

After Frankfurt we spent two days in peaceful Fulda where Professor Mons guided us in the city on a clear chilly september morning. We were also treated to lavish meals in beautiful surroundings, for example at Fuldaer Haus.


Christina, Professor M och Agneta

Professor Mons gave us a historical guided tour of this old city, the architecture and the churches

Dom zu Fulda_2

Dom zu Fulda


Outside Fuldauer Haus Leif Kindblom, Peter Ballmaier, Lars Häger, Lars B Andersson, Sven-Eric Svensson  and some of the artists from Uppsala


All photos in this post by Bill-Ove Jonsson

Professor M Agneta F Lars B Andersson Christina Hillheim Stadtmodell der historischen Altstadt Fuldas_1

Memories from 2011

A group of artists and their friends from Studiefrämjandet in Uppsala traveled together to beautiful Kleinsassen in september 2011. We made two stops on the way, the first stop was in Frankfurt where Bernard Wolf welcomed us. We will show more pictures from this memorable trip in this blog that will be updated regularly during this spring until the opening of the exhibition German Contemporary in june. This is going to be a blog where you can find information about the exhibition , learn about interesting swedish and german artists and read about some of the work at Studiefrämjandet Uppsala. Do not hesitate to contact me, the editor if you have questions! /Christina


Anna-Karin Brus Bodil Gellermark Katrina Loelv

Three of the swedish artists, Anna-Karin Brus Bodil Gellermark and Katrina Loelv

The group gathered outside the motel on our first day

T-bana Frankfurt

All photographs are taken by Bill-Ove Jonsson