In 2019 Artipelag exhibited work by Sara Nielsen Bonde, the 2019 winner of the Fredrik Roos art grant.
The recipient of the scholarship should be “an artist who – in the spirit of Fredrik Roos himself – is prepared to take risks in their artistry. One who believes in themself and who has their own unique expression. The artist should be no more than 35 years old, come from a Nordic country, and preferably work with painting and/or sculpture”.
The motivation of the foundation reads:
”The Fredrik Roos Art Grant 2019 awarded Sara Nielsen Bonde for an artistry founder in a tradition that tears upp the classic dichotomy between nature and culture. Nielsen Bonde uses a double motion between nature in landscape and when she brings the nature into the room of art. Her art plays with our predictions of authentic experiences and culture and concerns key questions regarding nature, culture and climate.”
A short film and a catalogue about the work of Sara Nielsen Bonde was included in the exhibition. Free admission and the work of art’s were displayed both inside and outside Artipelag’s sea lake entrance.
Sara Nielsen Bonde has devoted herself to art and architecture ever since 2011, when she enrolled at the BGK Syd, Sønderjylland Art School in Denmark. The following year, however, she moved on to study at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. After reconsidering her choice of studies, Nielsen Bonde decided to quit and focus on her artistic practice. In 2014, she was accepted for the five-year Fine Art programme at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, where she will graduate in spring 2019. During these five years, she has been drawn towards places with close connections to nature. This has prompted several trips to the south of Denmark as well as two semesters abroad as an exchange student, one at the Academy in Tromsø, and on Iceland at the Academy in Reykjavik. Nielsen Bonde has participated in national and international group and solo exhibitions including the duo show Fossils from Future, 2016 in collaboration with Jonas Bentzer at Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico. Her most recent exhibitions include a group show in Helsinki and her graduate show Outer Bark, Inner
Wood at Galleri Mejan in Stockholm.
The presentation of the scholarship, that was being awarded for the eighth time in 2019, previously took place at Moderna Museet in Malmö, where the scholarship exhibitions were also held. The presentation and scholarship exhibition relocated to Artipelag in 2018.
Fredrik Roos (born 1951, died 1991) was a financier and art collector from Sweden’s southernmost province of Scania. In 1988, he founded the Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, home to international exhibitions and Fredrik Roos’s collection of contemporary Nordic art. The museum closed in 2006 and 60 artworks from the collection were sold. This money was used to set up The Fredrik Roos Foundation.
In close collaboration with Sweden’s five art schools, two graduates from each respective school are nominated for the scholarship each year. The 2019 scholarship is for SEK 600,000.
A catalogue with the scholarship winner/winners was also produced for the exhibition. The exhibition ran until Sunday September 1st.
The scholarship winners from the previous seven years
2019 Sara Nielsen Bonde
2018 Jonas Malmberg
2017 Oskar Hult, Josefine Östberg Olsson and Jonas Silfversten Bergman
2016 Sandra Mujinga, André Talborn and Karl Patric Näsman
2015 Martha Ossowska Persson, Idun Baltzersen and Ida Persson
2014 Tomas Lundgren
2013 Paul Fägerskiöld
Read more about the life and work of Fredrik Roos here >> (in Swedish)