Frequently asked questions

FAQ gives you answers to the most common questions.

About the festival

The WALLSTREET Stockholm festival is a movement and an outdoor art exhibition in our common urban space in June 2022. Through the creation of 222 works of art with a variety of expressions, the festival contributes to the Stockholm region’s attractiveness and recovery after the pandemic. WALLSTREET Stockholm leads the way for the meaning and place of art and culture in a changing urban environment.

WALLSTREET Stockholm brings people together – residents, municipalities and companies – to contribute to new artistic stories where they live and work. The purpose is that neighbors and artists together create places of significance that deeply touch and mean something to them.

For WALLSTREET, the spirit of the place is important. The local anchoring and contact with those who live and work on the site is central to sustainable development. WALLSTREET is about neighborhoods together with professional artists and creators in the small give new life to their own places, to largely contribute to a better world. This applies to the spirit of the place as well as the place’s physical environment and design.

Participation and art bring people together, create elation and give a sense of context. When we can deeply see ourselves in a place, we feel at home and care about it. We care for and are careful about the local environment we ourselves have been involved in creating. What we touch, often touches us.

The years 2020 and 2021 have already been written into history as a time of difficult trials. Above all, the city has been challenged – in its everyday life, but also as a phenomenon and idea.

As it was activities within and close to art and culture that were particularly exposed, it became clear how important art and culture are to the city’s soul, its interplay and attractiveness. Therefore, it is important that art and culture are the battering ram that starts up the city again.

WALLSTREET Stockholm will take place in the Stockholm region in the summer of 2022. The inauguration will take place on Wednesday 1 June at Sergels torg in central Stockholm.

We have chosen not to have a specific theme. However, we encourage participating artists to take into account the spirit of the place as input in the work. The world at large right now has several highly topical inevitable themes we all have to deal with, such as the climate crisis, the pandemic and Agenda 2030. We believe that this is more than enough as a starting point for artists with the freedom to interpret, shape and contribute.

  • Municipalities in the Stockholm region – Nacka, Stockholm, Upplands-Bro
  • Private companies in the Stockholm region – mostly property owners and property developers
  • Interest organizations, such as Fastighetsägarna and Visit Stockholm
  • Academy and school, eg Kulturskolan Stockholm and Södertörn University

The WALLSTREET Stockholm festival is organized by the independent politically neutral non-profit organization “Storstockholm Konst & Arkitektur” (Stockholmregion Art & Architecture) which is based in Stockholm. The purpose of the association is to conduct activities that strengthen and support a positive urban and community development of public places outdoors in the Stockholm region. The focus is about participation, co-creation, art, culture and architecture as resources for increased pace of innovation and sustainability.

The association’s members consist of an association of municipalities in the Stockholm region as well as some interest organizations.

WALLSTREET is a global concept for art exhibitions in our common urban spaces. WALLSTREET is created to be applied in different places around the world.

WALLSTREET Stockholm is run by an independent politically neutral non-profit organization. WALLSTREET Stockholm offers a platform for initiated political dialogue about the power of art and architecture – with the support of research and researchers. All parties for a common cause.

Participating municipalities must follow the principle of arm’s length distance. Politicians do not participate in either the project group or the art advisory board, or in the board of the non-profit association that is the platform for the project. The politicians decided only on the financial resources to finance the project.

Yes, and it is briefly about the importance of artistic quality and artistic freedom. The main target group for the art is residents and visitors in the Stockholm region. The art can be both temporary and permanent. All production of art must, as a starting point, be preceded by a sketching process.

Art can interact with what has already been built, with what is to be built, or with what is to be demolished and disappear. Art can be a response to a deficiency, or an input or response to a development. The art can be new production or art that is renewed by being placed in a new context or renovated.

Art can be a source of deep, subjective insights that create a commitment – participation in society and democracy. Art can add something new, engage, challenge and deeply touch our souls. Art can create curiosity, rapture, arouse new thoughts and feelings.

Yes. All partners are encouraged to follow the environmental policy to the greatest possible extent. The policy is not a requirement.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

  • The choice of colors must be made in collaboration with facade / concrete paint suppliers who are experts in the field. The paint must be both the right type of paint for the surface, be of the highest quality and achieve the technical requirements for paint that the property owner’s / landowner’s technical administration has.
  • The color must have a low environmental impact marked with the Nordic Ecolabel or the EU flower (ECO label). The paint must have a durability of between 15-20 years (exposure to, for example, weather and wind affects the service life).
  • The project will work preventively with impregnation of walls and facades to increase durability and reduce the need for maintenance.
  • Materials for sculptural works of art should, as far as possible, have natural materials such as wood, iron, natural stone.
  • Festival sweaters and other project-related garments and marketing products must be eco-labeled, for example GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Fairtrade
  • At least half of the artists must be from Sweden. Traveling artists should, as far as possible, travel by train. Any air travel must be climate compensated.
  • When there is a need for vehicle-driven transport, carpooling and public transport are always the first choice.
  • When using, leasing or renting vehicles, vehicles that run on renewable fuels or electricity shall be used primarily
  • Local assistants shall be used primarily
  • Machines shall be rented locally as far as possible and be electrified.
  • All left over material must be recycled or returned for recycling
  • Materials such as brushes and rollers shall be reused between the different works as far as possible
  • All festival-related food shall be vegetarian or vegan and, as far as possible, be organic and locally grown

For the neighbourhood

Neighborhood means all those who live and work in a specific geographical area. Neighborhood includes both residential individuals and the local businesses and organizations located in the area. The local anchoring and contact with those who live and work on the site is of great importance for sustainable development.

Those who live and work in a place knows it the best. No outside planner can surpass the locally based knowledge of which places and streets feel unsafe, ugly, dead, dark or boring. WALLSTREET Stockholm collaborates where possible with local associations and networks, where neighbors can act as ambassadors for their own living area.

Are you a citizen who is interested in knowing more about the art in your home area and wants to participate in the festival? We suggest you contact your local art association or other local organization that has a coordinating function in your neighborhood. WALLSTREET Stockholm collaborates with local associations as a coordinator in matters concerning the artistic stories of the place.

Neighbors can, for example: Identify good places for art in their own immediate area; Contribute to the artistic story created for the place; Co-finance art (mainly applies to local businesses); Participate in open conversations with the artist – artist talks.

WALLSTREET Stockholm 2022 is about outdoor public art – artistic stories in our “common living rooms”. The festival focuses on visual arts: sculpture, temporary architecture, light installations, murals – in all sorts of different sizes. Miniatures as well as big works of art. WALLSTREET Stockholm has a clear environmental thinking and prioritises art materials and processes that have little or no impact on nature.

We do not know yet. Art ends up where the festival’s participating partners decide that they want to invest in art, regardless of whether it concerns the municipality or the private business community. The process of choosing places will continue until in the spring of 2022 and will be reported on this website.

What you as a resident can do is contact your local art association. How does your neighborhood work with artistic stories? We encourage neighborhoods to get together and talk about their own place. What stories characterize the place? How do the place and its stories affect us? How can it get better?

For artists

Yes, there is an artistic advisory board, consisting of people from participating municipalities responsible for public art, and some external representatives with artistic competence. The advisory board give support and advice in matters concerning the artistic process. The board strengthens the artist’s professional role and position. The purpose of the board is also project coordination and learning through information exchange and knowledge sharing.

Yes, and it is briefly about the importance of artistic quality and artistic freedom. The main target group for the art is residents and visitors in the Stockholm region. The art can be both temporary and permanent. All production of art must, as a starting point, be preceded by a sketching process.

Art can interact with what has already been built, with what is to be built, or with what is to be demolished and disappear. Art can be a response to a deficiency, or an input or response to a development. The art can be new production or art that is renewed by being placed in a new context or renovated.

Art can be a source of deep, subjective insights that create a commitment – participation in society and democracy. Art can add something new, engage, challenge and deeply touch our souls. Art can create curiosity, rapture, arouse new thoughts and feelings.

WALLSTREET Stockholm welcomes professional artists to apply for the Open Call, which is open until 31 January 2022. The festival has a number of art consultants who are responsible for curating the art in  different places.

WALLSTREET Stockholm has two different types of partners – public sector (municipalities) and private sector (mostly property developers).

Participating municipalities (Nacka, Stockholm, Upplands-Bro) use existing established municipal processes for the production of art where arm’s length distance applies (no politicians are allowed to be involved) and all art production is led by people with artistic competence.

Private business uses the art consultants who are connected to the festival, and who act as a link between private partners and the artist. Most art productions in the private sector follow a given process.

WALLSTREET Stockholm wants to involve neighbors at the place where there will be art as much as possible (if there are any people living on the site, that is).

For partners

  • A non-profit organisation is the platform and holds all partners together through an overall project organization, common communication platform and strategy
  • Partners from different parts of society. The majority are regional partners (property owners, municipalities) who finance art on / at their own properties
  • Everyone buys in with a ticket – “Ticket”
  • In addition to “Ticket”, everyone pays for their own works of art
  • Support in the process and contact between artist and partner via art consultants is offered
  • In close collaboration with academia, school and interest organizations
  • WALLSTREET Stockholm is a journey, where the travel is as important as the goal. We learn from each other along the way. You decide the level of commitment yourself. We offer the context!
  • You need an internal project manager and a contact on communication for coordination. A few hours now, some more during the festival.
  1. WALLSTREET Stockholm (WSS) and current partner/financier (PART) together look at which places PART owns that would be suitable for art. A wall, a backyard, a park…? Maybe PART is about to build something new and want to take the opportunity to beautify, amaze, strengthen the soul of the place with an artistic element?
  2. The type of place affects the type of art that may come into play.
  3. PART decides which PART wants to be involved in the process. WSS strongly recommends including employees and residents as far as possible. WSS helps with a good model for this.
  4. In dialogue, we find out what kind of artist PART would like to collaborate with. WSS and PART look at different examples and get an idea of ​​what is important and interesting for PART. WSS produces three proposals of different artists. PART considers and chooses one of them. Of course, the artist must also want to take on the task himself/herself. It sometimes happens that the artist says no.
  5. WSS acts as an intermediary and signs agreements both with PART and with the artist. WSS takes care of the necessary permits (TA plans, building permits, etc.) and takes care of everything else that the artist needs to be able to do a good job.
  6. The artist receives input about the spirit of the place and other things of importance – interprets it freely and produces a sketch for PART to have a look at. Most sketches are usually approved immediately. If necessary, an additional sketch can be made. Two sketches are max. It is therefore important to spend time and care on the choice of artist in the first place.
  7. WSS takes care of the production and supports the artist. PART is encouraged to go and visit the artist on site, book a lecture for the employees at the company, take part in the festival activities, experience the finished art and share your experiences with others.
  8. PART follows the communication plan and maintenance plan that comes with the art.
  • FIXED COST for “Ticket” – from EURO 10 000 for private business (you get a lot for your money) and up to EURO 50 000 for municipalities
  • VARIABLE COST for the production of works of art – temporary or permanent, large or small. You can participate with art projects that are already planned and can be manifested during June 2022. We are happy to discuss with the person responsible for public art and / or urban development at your company and make a tailor made suggestion.