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Press Release Artist Apply 2017

24 of March 2016

Create your own art suite out of ice and snow

The ice harvest is underway outside Icehotel. A thousand ice blocks will be taken up this spring – and about half of these will be used to build Icehotel no. 27. Are you interested in transforming some of them into art? Apply to make your own art suite in Icehotel no. 27.

Icehotel is a living art project created out of natural ice from the Torne River. Every year the hotel is reborn in a completely new form. The creative process becomes an art forum as artists from around the world gather in Jukkasjärvi. If you want to create your own art suite, make sure we have your application no later than 6 May 2016.

Thoughtful, crazy, innovative, creative and beautiful – there are no rules for how the suites have to be. Only that they must be original designs and contain a bed – and that everything is made from ice and snow.

Arne Bergh is an artist and creative advisor at Icehotel, and is involved in the creative process.

“Ice has an interesting effect on creativity. Since it’s not a permanent material, people aren’t afraid of testing ideas they otherwise wouldn’t dare to test,” he says.

It doesn’t matter if you have worked with ice and snow before – just submit your application. If you’re selected, Icehotel will show you and your fellow artists some basics about the material and the tools. The artist teams are responsible for completing their suites at Icehotel, but there is also a support team that can advise you on design and construction and a lighting team to assist you with the lighting of your suite.

The artists for Icehotelno. 27 will be selected by a jury that assesses the applications based on concept, innovativeness, visualization and description. The selected artists will be invited to Jukkasjärvi for two weeks in November-December.

Icehotelno. 26, which is open until mid April, was created on site by 42 artists from 13 countries around the world. One of them was the Swedish artist Tjåsa Gusfors, who collaborated with David Andrén to make the suite “Show me what you got”.

“Jukkasjärvi means ‘meeting place by the river’, and that’s exactly what it is. Because every year, artists gather here to take part in the creation of Icehotel. It’s tough but creative work, and it brings everyone together, with no sense of competition. On the contrary – everyone supports each other, sharing tips on how to reach new heights together. We’re brought together by our love of art and ice, and many of the artists return year after year.”

Want to make your own art suite? The deadline for applications is 6 May. Apply and read more about what you should have in mind to create your own art suite.

About ICEHOTEL

Icehotelis a living art project created out of natural ice from the Torne River. Every year the hotel is reborn in a completely new form. The creative process becomes an art forum as artists from around the world gather in Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. New this year is Icehotel365, the world’s first permanent ice hotel, which will open as a complement to the existing Icehotel. Guests sleep in rooms made from snow and ice – throughout the year. Icehotel365 opens its doors on 1 November 2016.www.icehotel.com

For more information, contact Josefin Lindberg, head of media at Icehotel: media@icehotel.com

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