Umeå Arts Campus
Umeå Arts Campus brings together the university's art colleges by the banks of the Umeå River: Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. It also includes Bildmuseet – the university's museum of contemporary art and visual culture, the digital experimental workshop HumLab-X and the dynamic "Sliperiet" incubator.
"Umeå Arts Campus is the single largest project in Umeå University's history since its founding in 1965," says Lena Gustafsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University. "The goal is for Umeå to become a creative centre on the world map."
The educational level at Umeå Arts Campus is of the highest excellence. Umeå School of Architecture is the first architectural school in Sweden with an artistic profile. Umeå Institute of Design has been at the top of many international rankings. Umeå Academy of Arts has a focus on the individual artistic expression and the art critical potential of art.
New buildings complement the older structures
The first new building constructed was the Umeå School of Architecture, which was established in 2009.
Umeå University’s museum of contemporary art and visual culture- Bildmuseet - relocated to a modern new building here, as well as a new branch of HUMlab (HUMlab X) which will is an experimental workshop in digital culture. Bildmuseet is open to the public and an exciting place to visit.
All of the new buildings are designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration wit White arkitekter.
The 'Sliperiet' Incubator for companies in the creative industries
There is also a business incubator for the creative industries to help entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship by providing active and customized business support, office services, technical and commercial networks, and financial support - all in a creative environment. The incubator at Umeå Arts Campus is similar to Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI), as it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Uminova Innovation.
A few voices about Umeå Arts Campus
"With Bildmuseet as a centerpiece, the Umeå Arts Campus is becoming
a fantastic place to meet between different forms of visual culture
and digital media but also between art and the public. This is
something to brag about; it is something on a world class level.”
Lars Nittve, Director of M+ in Hong Kong and adviser during the development of the new Bildmuseet
"When the university opened the foundation was laid for the attractive and creative city that Umeå is today. One example is the Umeå Institute of Design, which is among the best in the world. The Umeå Arts Campus will enhance the presense further."
Eva Nygren, President of Sweco Sverige
"At Umeå Arts Campus, you can think freely and in new ways, in new environments and with new approach."
Jana Revedin, architect and instructor at Umeå School of Architecture
Photo of Umeå Arts Campus: Johan Gunséus
Illustration: White Arkitekter/Henning Larsen Arkitekter
Photo of Umeå School of Architecture fascade: Andreas Nilsson
Photo of Anna Valtonen and Peter Kjaer: Elin Berge