The idea is that the Arts Campus will act as an arena for
education, research and professional activities in architecture,
design, art and digital cultures - a creative environment that is
somewhat unique for Sweden, Europe and perhaps the entire
- We have very high hopes for synergies from the campus. It will
be a powerhouse where the whole is greater than the parts, says
Kjell Jonsson, pro-vice-chancellor and chair of the Arts Campus'
A meeting place for creative solutions
In a later stage the old pulp mill will be converted into an
incubator and help entrepreneurs by providing them with active,
focused business support, office services, technical and commercial
networks and financial support - all in the same creative
environment. Researchers, students, companies and public
organisations are all equally welcome.
Just like Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI), the Arts Campus'
incubator will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Uminova
- The establishment of the Arts Campus is of great importance
for Umeå's trade and industry and cultural life. It will be a
living meeting-place and for the general public too. The city's
face now turns towards the river in a totally different way, says
Umeå municipal commissioner Lennart Holmlund.
A few examples
The Umeå Institute of Design collaborates
extensively with external partners and companies. BMW, Audi and
Philips are standing in line to recruit the best students and all
of 95% of the students have found employment within six months of
Umeå School of Architecture collaborates with
the London-based engineering firm AKT and the Stuttgart-based
engineering firm Transsolar, alongside many Swedish and
HUMlab has many collaborating partners around
Sweden and the rest of the world. HUMlab is currently involved in a
multi-year project, Media Places, together with Stanford University
in the USA and Lund University in Sweden.
Bildmuseet has established itself as
one of the country's most interesting venues for contemporary
art ans visual culture. The museum collaborates with
artists and art institutions all over the
world and received a Special
Commendation from the European Museum of the Year.