Hållnäs Konstkoloni

General information

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

We are a family-run venue for artistic residencies and courses in the forests close to the Baltic sea. We welcome both small groups and individuals.

A part of our vision is to seek collaborations with other local organisations and to contribute to a dynamic rural community in Norduppland. Since 2016 we are co-producing an immersive, site-specific storytelling tour at Lövstabruk’s manor house, Sanning, Saga, Sägen.

We are now taking bookings from May 2018. During the last four years we have been transforming an old barn into three beautiful studio spaces, with the help and enthusiasm of many volunteers.

Our converted barn contains three rustic studio spaces.

The 45 m² movement studio features high ceilings and a sprung dance floor surfaced with a 3 mm natural rubber dance mat. The large barn doors can be opened on both sides of the space. Walls and ceiling are not insulated but there is an underfloor heating system for comfort on chilly days.

The upstairs art studio features wooden floors and lots of natural light. There is an adjacent smaller workshop with high ceiling, concrete floor and separate balcony entrance.

Downstairs, there is a fully-functional kitchen and bathroom as well as a communal area for meals, fika and meetings. On the south side of the barn, guests can enjoy a sunny space suitable for both bbq’s and outdoor projects.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Hållnäs Konstkoloni

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Plaster Room
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

By train

Take a train to Tierp, between Uppsala and Gävle. Both the commuter train (UL, "Upptåget") and the national rail (SJ) stops here.
The commuter train, with a change in Uppsala if you are coming from Stockholm, is cheaper, while the SJ train is faster and more comfortable.

In Tierp, you can change to bus 510 to Skärplinge, or arrange to be picked up by us.

If you prefer to travel by bus as far as possible, the bus stop nearest us is called Edvalla affär or Hållnäs skola.
You can also check https://reseplanerare.resrobot.se/index.html

By plane

Most convenient is to fly to Arlanda, north of Stockholm.
Both the commuter and fast train going north stop here, no need to go into the capital to change.

If you want a cheaper option, you can fly Ryanair to Skavsta airport south of Stockholm. However, from there the journey to us is about 5 hours, with at least 3 changes.

By car

From Stockholm or Uppsala, drive E4 northbound (or south, from Gävle and the north).
Exit the motorway at Tierp, continue to Skärplinge, ca 20 mins drive from Tierp.
In Skärplinge, take a right onto road 76 and then immediately left onto Hållnäsvägen, towards Hållnäs k:a.
After forest road, take right towards Hållnäs k:a.
Drive through Edvalla (yellow church, school and ICA shop), in Hjälmunge crossroads, take a left towards Fågelsundet. Almost there.
In Hållen village, keep left where the road forks, then immediatley after take right towards Nyboda (yellow sign).
Drive ca 500 m. Just after light yellow house on the right, there are two white gate posts with lanterns on them on the right, this is our guest house property.
You can park just inside the gate posts, on either side.
The barn studios, and our home, are a short walk along the path behind the guest house.

Nearest airport

Arlanda, Stockholm

Contact information

Hållnäs Konstkoloni
Hållen 429
81964 Hållnäs


Phone: 0704684607

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