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Sten Malmquist Grant

The Sten Malmquist grant for artist in residence in Tomelilla was established in 2017 thanks to the inheritance left by Sten Malmquist to Tomelilla municipality when he passed away in 2015.

Sten Malmquist was born in 1920 in Malmö, but when he was only a year or so, his family moved to Tomelilla, where his father had found work as an accountant at the yeast factory. After finishing school and working for a while as a bank clerk, Malmquist left Tomelilla to begin his more than 40 years at the Trelleborg AB rubber factory.

He ended his career in 1984 as the chief financial officer of the same company and then moved to England.

As a young man, he developed an interest in art through his friendship with Truls Andrén, whose father was a well-known benefactor of young local artists. At his death in 2015, he chose to bequeath 100,000 pounds to Tomelilla Konsthall.

Tomelilla municipality therefore wishes to honour his memory with this grant in his name. In conjunction with the award of the grant, Tomelilla municipality will also lay flowers on Sten Malmquist’s family grave.

The following is included in the Grant Fund:

Grant for artist in residence during 4-6 weeks.

Travel: Return journey in economy to the location of the residency on one occasion.

Local transport: Public transport and bicycle.

Accommodation: B&B standard, single room (non-smoking), (it is not possible to bring your partner, children or pets).

Resources: Access to work room/studio, WiFi, library, culture building.

Production costs: As per agreement.

Language: Working languages are Swedish and English.

Grant criteria

The grant is open to artists active on the professional art scene and is intended to be used for artistic work relating to the geographical location.

Eligible to apply are artists of a nationality other than Swedish whose activities are primarily conducted outside of Sweden.

Eligible artists shall work within one of the following disciplines: visual arts, sculpture, textile, film, video, installation or performance.

The artist shall be open to interaction with the municipality’s inhabitants and the local art scene. Workshops, lectures and public participation are all activities that the recipient of the grant should be able to offer during their residency.

The grant can only be awarded to the same artist or group of artists once.

The residency lasts 4–6 weeks.

The artist’s responsibilities

  • To work based on the location of Tomelilla and south-east Skåne.
  • The artist shall live and work in the location throughout the residency.
  • Personal and property insurance.
  • Visa - the artist must have a valid visa during the residency.
  • Meals.
  • Interacting with the citizens during the residency.
  • Presenting the artistic work in public.
  • The artist may not undertake any other assignment during the residency without prior agreement with the institution.
  • We would be pleased if the contact between the artist and the institution was to continue after the end of the residency.

Application procedure

Period of residency: Spring or autumn 2025.

Digital application open between 2024-02-01 till 2024-04-30.

The application shall contain:

  • Biography/CV.
  • Documented experience of art projects, exhibitions (separate/group) etc.
  • A project description of the project that you intend to work with during your residency.

Selection process

Selection by Head of Operations, Head of Unit and curator. The decision is made by the Culture and Leisure Committee in Tomelilla municipality.

Organisation: The grant is managed by Tomelilla Konsthall.

All applications are processed confidentially.

If you encountering issues with the application form you can also send your application via e-mail to