Thank you for all applications to Open Call 2019! Deadline has now passed and the advisory group’s work has begun. Stay tuned for updates!

Open Call!

Deadline 14 November 2018, midnight.
Please read through the instructions before handing in your application

In an increasingly individualised social sphere and commercialised art context how can we find methods for working together against the fragmentation of our lives and work? We believe the art space to be a meeting place where artists and the public can come together to share our different interests, experiences and knowledges. What kinds of platforms do artist and groups needs today to be able to work together and present work publicly? How can we push the boundaries of the white walled gallery to accommodate experimental practices?

We felt there is a need for exhibition platforms and spaces to meet. Through a new commission and exhibition in Marabouparken’s BOX, Open Call aims to build more opportunities for artists, groups and projects at the early stages of their practice. The platform seeks to develop work exploring questions of solidarity and collectivity as well as support for a wider peer group through a public programme of events.

The Open Call seeks to:

  1. Provide opportunities for people to develop their practice through a new commission and exhibition in Autumn 2019
  2. Open Call invites proposals for new work that explores themes of collectivity and solidarity.
  3. Provide support for a wider peer group through a public programme of events

The Selected Open Call Project will receive:

  1. 10000SEK Commissioning Fee
  2. 10000SEK Exhibition Fee (Paid in accordance to MU-avtalet)
  3. 30000SEK Production Budget
  4. An exhibition in Marabouparken’s BOX, September – October 2019
  5. A new text on the project to accompany the exhibition.
  6. Studio visits by Marabouparken
  7. In addition to the fee and production budget Marabouparken will cover the costs of installing the exhibition.

Who is eligible to apply to Open Call?

  1. Open Call supports those working with themes of solidarity and collectivity.
  2. Open Call prioritises those responding to a specific local context – either here in Sundbyberg or within another local context that is important for your work.
  3. Open Call supports  artists living in Sweden only
  4. Open Call supports people of all ages and prioritises those who have not had a major opportunity in Sweden in the last 3 years including, for example, a solo exhibition in a public gallery, or received significant funding.
  5. Open Call prioritises those who are not currently in full time education.
  6. Open Call prioritises those who can make use of Marabouparken’s resources.
  7. Open Call prioritises those interested in exhibition making.
  8. Open Call is eligible to both those working in groups and individually.
  9. Open Call is for those who wish to develop a project that will be shown in the context of an art space, where a public audience will be able to view your work.
  10. To apply to Open Call you do not need to have an education in art or have studied at university.

Open Call builds on Marabouparken’s history in supporting the development of art practice through programmes such as P.A.N.K. (2004) which offered recent graduates from art schools across Sweden the chance to work and live in Sundbyberg. BOX is Marabouparken’s project space committed to supporting artists at an early stage in their practice.

For any questions please call + 46 8 29 45 90 or email


We are very happy to announce that Rudy Loewe has been chosen to present their work in Marabouparken’s annual Open Call exhibition!

In the exhibition Sharing Knowledges (29 September–18 November 2018) Rudy Loewe explores themes of organising within our communities through drawing and painting. How do we build a sense of collectivity and how do we form strategies for working together? Rudy is an artist and organiser from London who utilises these experiences and knowledges as a resource to start conversations in the gallery space

Marabouparken BOX is the area marked red


Application form and guidelines

Advisory Group

Elof Hellström is working with questions around space and power as part of the collaborative artistic research groups SIFAV (Southern Districts Institute for Different Visions) and mdgh. He is also active at Cyklopen where he runs recurring events of text, theater, art, film and music.

Shahram Khosravi is Professor at Stockholm University and Uppsala University. He has written many books and articles focused on migration and asylum politics and experience including, The Illegal Traveler: An Auto-Ethnography of Borders (2010); and After Deportation, Ethnographic Perspectives (2017).

Marie-Louise Richards is an architect and and adjunct lecturer in the post-graduate course Decolonizing Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art. Current research “Hyper-visible invisibility” investigates “invisibility” as critical strategy and spatial category.

Selam Tadele works in Sundbyberg Stad as the integration co-ordinator for the Culture and Leisure department. Here she works with different local groups and initiatives to build collaborations and develop the support the commune can provide to its residents.

Rudy Loewe is a visual artist working with drawing, painting and printmaking. They are a storyteller, using various forms of image making as a way of exploring complex social dynamics and histories. Through their work, Rudy questions what kinds of art can exist inside and outside of the white cube, and who gains access to these spaces. Rudy Loewe was selected for Marabouparken’s Open Call 2018.