What is Tomma Rum?

Tomma Rum (Empty Spaces) is a self-organised platform and artist group for cultural and artistic exchange. Each summer all participants together arrange a residency in a smaller conurbation in Sweden. Tomma Rum is about the meeting and the creation of new forms of cooperation between artists, cultural workers and the local inhabitants of the visited community.

Tomma Rum is open to anyone interested in art, culture, people and the places we visit. Artists but also architects, poets, musicians, writers, photographers and actors participate in Tomma Rum. The participants are of different age and origin, coming from among others, Denmark, Norway, England, Hungary, France and Japan. This results in a unique dynamic both within the group and in its local cooperation. We organize exhibitions, performances, film shoots, public talks, and much more. Unexpected encounters occur and both hosts and visitors are stimulated to new perspectives on local partnerships and cultural life.

The premise is that many municipalities have real estate that are empty and unused, especially during the summer. Tomma Rum started in 2003 when we sent out a request to all municipalities in Sweden if they wanted to lend us their property as studio and residence. First out was Nordmaling in the Västerbotten region, where we created a gallery and a meeting place for two months. Since then Tomma Rum has visited Jokkmokk, Fengersfors, Bromölla, Hova, Vilhelmina, Emmaboda, Tranås, Grängesberg, Malmberget, Kil, Unnaryd, Skellefteå, Ljusne and Bromölla (again). Opportunities for artistic processes and how best to nourish them has been found in talks with the municipalities visited.

Tomma Rum is currently organised by artists and art students in Sweden and Iceland. In mid-Mars after traveling around visiting a short list of municipalities all around the country, we select which district to reside in during summer. We are usually in place for two months, most typically from mid-June to mid-August.

If you are under 18 you can not participate in the project without a parent or a legal guardian.