In March 2015, Art in Halland invited visual artists to apply for residence scholarship at the Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei, Taiwan and to Ricklundgården, Saxnäs, Sweden. Based on the applications, the jury has decided to award sculptor Tor Palm the Taiwan grant to Tor Palm and the Saxnäs scholarship goes to artist Eva Wilms.
Tor Palm was born in 1982, raised in Halmstad and is now living in the village of Sjönevad outside Falkenberg. He has graduated from Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies in Stockholm. Palm runs a sculptural design group ‘Glimpt’ with a colleague of his and this association works to raise the status of crafts from poorer parts of the world. Previous partnerships have involved places such as Vietnam, Peru and South Africa. For the last ten summers, he has also organised the music festival Sjönevadsfesten.
Tor Palm is awarded this grant ”for his socially-engaging sculpture processes, which centre around the creative force and community spirit among people. Palm has through his group Glimpt formed his own design path and we believe he will gain a lot from and develop further in the context of the Bamboo Curtain Studio, whose themed focus is social and ecological sustainability”.
Eva Wilms (born 1960) grew up in Kungsbacka and Onsala, but nowadays she lives and works in Tollered. She has studied at KV and Dômen Art School i Gothenburg. Wilms works with painting and depicts the connection between man and surrounding nature. Parallel to her artistry, she also works as a painter decorator.
Eva Wilms is awarded the scholarship ”for her explorative painting that studies the relationship between mankind, nature and every living thing around us. Her imagery is often dark and mysterious, like momentary witnesses of physical and mental states just before the unexpected takes place. We believe her stay at Saxnäs and the close proximity to nature will enable and lead to further evolution of her painting“.
This year, the scholarships are awarded for the fourth time. The jury consisted of Meira Ahmemulic, artist and international coordinator, Konstepidemin, Gothenburg as well as representatives from Art in Halland. The final decisions on these residence grants were made by the host institutions.