Plein Air Residency – Art Lab Gnesta and Västerås konstmuseum collaborate on new artistic production

Published: 6 September, 2019
Plein Air Residency – Art Lab Gnesta and Västerås konstmuseum collaborate on new artistic production

Nayab Ikram

Between 2019-2021, Art Lab Gnesta and Västerås Art Museum invite three Nordic/Baltic artists to residency and production of new art works in an interdisciplinary collaboration that grows from the landscapes of Sörmland and Västmanland. The three artists are invited to stay at Art Lab Gnesta and initiate work based on questions about the surrounding landscape.

During a time when many art actors find it difficult to focus resources on supporting the production of new works of art, through the collaboration we want to provide space and opportunities for new works of art emerge through this collaboration, in dialogue with local voices, scientific and historical references. The stays are tailor-made for the invited artists, focusing on meetings with on-site skills.

Nayab Ikram (b.1992, Mariehamn) is a photographer, visual artist and artist-curator of the Pakistani diaspora from Åland, based in Turku. Ikram works with concepts such as the feeling of interconnectedness, cultural identity, the collective memory and the post-internet. She explores the concepts with the help of symbols, rituals and abstract forms through photography, performance and installations. Ikram graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culture and art in 2015, with a degree in photography, from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Jakobstad, Finland. Together with the interdisciplinary artist Ramina Habibollah, she also forms the curatorial duo in a way. Ikram will start her residency in November at Art Lab Gnesta and will participate in Västerås Art Museum’s collections exhibition Föreställningar om naturen (Conceptions of nature) in 2020.

About us

Art Lab Gnesta is a self-organized art initiative that, since 2011, has conducted exhibition and residency activities in the old brewery in Gnesta. We create meetings between the arts and the artists, the local community, schools, art institutions and others who work with arts or social issues – both locally, nationally and internationally.

Västerås konstmuseum is a municipal art museum that produces exhibitions in ASEAS’s former Mimerfabrik in Västerås. With the art at the center, the Art Museum wants to inspire, challenge and arouse curiosity. Västerås konstmuseum shows exhibitions with mainly Swedish and Nordic contemporary art and with works from the city’s art collection.


Caroline Malmström, Manager Art Lab Gnesta,, 073 582 63 91

Katrin Ingelstedt, curator of exhibitions Västerås konstmuseum,, 021 39 22 20

A big thank you to Nordic Culture Point for enabling the collaboration.