Residence Botkyrka is Botkyrka Konsthall‘s interdisciplinary residency programme for who are interested in working from the context of Botkyrka, in collaboration with Botkyrka Konsthall and local communities.
Since the programme was launched in 2010, Residence Botkyrka’s apartment at Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja has been a temporary home for artists from all over the world. It has become a place to research and develop new forms of art in dialogue with the locality of Botkyrka.
Each residency is unique and adapted to the artists’ research and practice. Artists are often invited to present their research as an exhibition or programme at Botkyrka konsthall, in the Fittja Kitchen, in this residence online journal or in the public space where a garden allotment and an outdoor oven is available. The outcome could also be published as an artist’s book through Labyrint Press. A residency may also be connected to a public art project in the municipality.
Residence Botkyrka’s archive is made up of several archives that are organised in different ways and communicated through a variety of media. This online archive attempts to visualise the history, starting from the initial seminar What is a residence? What is a city? that took place in 2009 and continues to the present day, listing artists, projects and events. The residence journal is a section for online editorials presented or curated by artists-in-residence or other collaborations.
In the residence apartment, there is the physical archive that gathers printed matter, artist’s books, fragments of events and other non-digital left-overs, organised in no particular order but still relating to activities and thoughts that have sprung from the residency. Artists’ participatory practices have sometimes also gathered voices, memories and knowledges from the area that may have ended up in publications or in other formats, like a herbal garden. In the upcoming publication The Fittja Kitchen Cookbook is highlighting an ongoing history that brings together a community of artists, neighbourhood, local cultivation and food, and that has become an integral part of Botkyrka Konsthall’s programme.
collaborations and support
Botkyrka Konsthall view art as a catalyst in society and local community building where Residence Botkyrka’s programme generates ideas and projects in a multifaceted field including art, architecture, social practices, education and research. Residence Botkyrka’s programme has been developed in collaboration with the urban planning department, the Multicultural Centre and the housing company Botkyrkabyggen.
Residence Botkyrka is a member of SWAN – Swedish Artist Residency Network and collaborates with organisations, art educations, cultural institutes and others in the specific residency programmes. During 2023-2025 the programme Creative Home Residency is supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture through Nordic Culture Point.
Curator, Botkyrka Konsthall / Residence Botkyrka
+46 (0)701 823283
Miriam Andersson Blecher
Director, Botkyrka konsthall
+46 (0)708 892061
apartment & locality
Botkyrka municipality is located between Stockholm and Södertälje. The municipality is surrounded by water through Lake Mälaren in the north and the Baltic Sea in the south. Botkyrka has many nature areas and nature reserves. There are ca 95,000 people live in Botkyrka, which makes the municipality the fifth largest in Stockholm County and 21st in Sweden. Botkyrka has six boroughs: Alby, Fittja, Hallunda-Norsborg, Tullinge, Tumba and Vårsta-Grödinge. Around 100 different languages are spoken in the municipality. Read more short facts about Botkyrka here.
Residence Botkyrka’s apartment is located on the ground floor in a high-rise building on Krögarvägen 26 in Fittja, a borough within the municipality of Botkyrka. The apartment is only a short walk from Botkyrka Konsthall and the Metro station. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 living room that is used for gatherings and presentations, as well as a 1 kitchen and 2 toilets/bathroom (that has a washing machine).
The bus and metro station Fittja is ca 5 minutes walking distance from the apartment. Going from the Central station in Stockholm, it takes ca 30 minutes on the red metro line towards Norsborg. Coming from Arlanda Airport, it is adviced to take the shuttle bus to the metro station Liljeholmen, and then the metro towards Fittja.
In Fittja there is a wide range of food markets, restaurants, green areas and playgrounds. Here are some of the central meeting points in the local area:
Botkyrka konsthall and Fittja bibliotek
Fittja torg 14
Botkyrka konsthall is a centre for contemporary art in Fittja, northern Botkyrka. Here we are sharing premises with the library, and are an integrated part of the local community whilst also connecting to the greater art scene.
Värdshusvägen 7, Fittja gård
The Multicultural Centre, a house for culture and knowledge with expertise in democracy, equality, segregation, racism & cultural heritage. They also have a specialised library and Tavernan, a restaurant that serves vegetarian food.
A local shopping center that offers a broad range of services and grocery stores. The centre area is undergoing an extensive refurbishment where new apartment buildings are being built during the years 2017-2027.
A public barth with an indoor 25-metre pool, gym and sauna. Note: Fittjabadet is closed until autumn 2024 due to renovation.