Restoration project nominated for EU prize

Press Releases   •   Jun 11, 2018 10:27 GMT

The restoration project ”Vindel River LIFE”, coordinated by Umeå University, is one of totally 28 EU LIFE-funded projects that has been nominated for the EU-prize ”The Life Award – Best of the Best Nature Projects”. ”It is a great honour for us to have been placed among the best projects in Europe”, says the project leader Johanna Gardeström.

Spaceships and Recycling Tips at UID18 – Umeå Institute of Design’s Degree Exhibition

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

Imagine a future where food waste is a key source of energy instead of adding to our carbon footprint. What if billions of expectant mothers in developing countries could get safe surgery during childbirth? Could it be that we already know what space tourism will look like in 2040? May 31_June 1, graduates present their degree projects at Umeå Institute of Design’s yearly exhibition.

Opening at Bildmuseet: C.R.E.A.M. / Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Press Releases   •   Apr 24, 2018 10:42 GMT

On Friday 4 May, Bildmuseet opens the annual graduate exhibition by master’s students at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. C.R.E.A.M. is the culmination of five years of study in Fine Arts.

Welcome to a press preview on Thursday 3 May, at 10:00-12:00. The graduates will present their works together with their main tutor Christoph Draeger, artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. RSVP to

The artists will of course also be present at the opening evening on Friday 4 May 17:00-21:00. Inauguration talk by Katrin Holmqvist-Sten, head of the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, at 19:00. Christoph Draeger presents the exhibition.

This year's exhibition by graduate students from the master's programme at the Academy of Fine Arts at Umeå University is entitled C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me). The title refers to a critical questioning of societal values and the possibilities to challenge their definition through artistic expression.

The exhibition presents works by Carolina Andreasson (b. 1991, Stockholm, Sweden), Emil Carlsiö (b. 1988, Gothenburg, Sweden), Micaela Cignozzi (b. 1982, Stockholm, Sweden), Laura Heuberger (b. 1993, Pisa, Italy), Jenny Käll (b. 1988, Kungsör, Sweden), Ariadna Mangrané (b. 1986, Amposta, Spain), Frederico Sjöstrand de Oliveira (b. 1991, Lisbon, Portugal) and Alexander Skats (b. 1986, Gothenburg, Sweden). Their main supervisor is artist Christoph Draeger, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts.

C.R.E.A.M. is the culmination of five years of study in Fine Arts and displays a wide range of ideas. Based on their specific interests and personalities, the students have developed independent ways of working.

The master’s programme at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is an international program that prepares students for professional art practice. Challenged to devise methods of experimentation and a significant understanding of historical and contemporary context, students develop an informed artistic practice, specific to their intentions and sensibilities. The students are working within and across the areas of various media and topics in a curriculum that is designed to promote the depth of individualistic artistic expression, as well as collaborative interdisciplinary thinking.

C.R.E.A.M. runs 4-20 May 2018. A series of events in conjunction with the exhibition can be found here.

As the works are being finalized, press images will be found here.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact
Christoph Draeger, main supervisor and professor at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Bildmuseet exhibits contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture. Existential, political and philosophical issues are key to the programme. Bildmuseet received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year jury 2014, and was one of the top candidates för the Swedish Museum of the Year Award as well as for the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University. It is housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus, right next to the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå School of Architecture and Humlab-X. Umeå university is a multifaced university where studies and research within the creative realm make up an important part of the universty's cornerstone. It is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher learning with over 32,000 students and 4,200 employees.

​On Friday 4 May, Bildmuseet opens the annual graduate exhibition by master’s students at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. C.R.E.A.M. is the culmination of five years of study in Fine Arts. Welcome to the press preview on Thursday 3 May, at 10:00-12:00.

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John Akomfrah's Purple opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Apr 03, 2018 09:39 GMT

​Bildmuseet presents a new work by British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, his most ambitious project to date. Purple is an immersive six-channel video installation addressing man's relationship to nature and to the planet. Press conference with John Akomfrah on Thursday 12 April 10:00-12:00, including a preview of the 60 minutes film work. The exhibition opens April 13 at 19:00.

Dada is Dada – new exhibition opens at Bildmuseet

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

In the upcoming Dada is Dada exhibition, Bildmuseet presents paintings, drawings, documents, photography, collages, objects, sound recordings and films from one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. The exhibition opens on Friday evening 17 November.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Do Ho Suh / Passages

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 07:00 GMT

On Friday 17 November, Bildmuseet will open a solo exhibition of the works of artist Do Ho Suh, his first in Scandinavia. The museum’s top floor will be taken up entirely by a large installation of his transparent fabric structures. The exhibition also includes video works and drawings in which the artist explores architecture in various ways as physical and mental spaces.

Umeå Institute of Design ranked no 1 in the world – again

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 09:08 GMT

For the second year in a row, Umeå Institute of Design is listed number one on the two top ranking institutes for product design educations in the world – Red Dot and iF. Landing a world-leading position yet again opens up for new collaborations with global organisations and corporations, at the same time as it further lifts student recruitment.

Opening at Bildmuseet: Amar Kanwar / The Sovereign Forest

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2017 14:12 GMT

​On Friday 20 October at 19:00 Bildmuseet opens a large exhibition by recognised artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar. The Sovereign Forest is a poetic response to the conflict over land and the resistance of local communities in the Indian state of Odisha. Press preview on Thursday 19 October at 10:00 – Welcome! The artist will participate.

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes

Press Releases   •   Sep 20, 2017 11:00 GMT

DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2017 11:00 GMT

Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications.

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