Umeå Arts Campus

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Umeå Arts Campus
The sculpture "Skin 4" by Mehmet Ali Uysal with Bildmuseet in the background.

Umeå Arts Campus is the name of a former industry area that recently (2009–2012) was rebuilt to house several of the arts educations at Umeå University in Sweden. The arts campus will be an education center for architecture, design and artwork.

Famous departments at the Umeå Arts Campus include Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå School of Architecture, the experimental platform for "humanities and new media", HUMlab, and the contemporary art museum, Bildmuseet.

In the autumn fall of 2008, the Baltic Group Foundation announced that it will grant Umeå Arts Campus 36,6 million Swedish kronor. In December the same year, the Umeå University board of directors decided to grant a total of 350 million Swedish kronor during a six-year-period to building development of the arts campus.[1]

First established in the area was the Academy of Fine Arts, which started 1987 in a rebuilt wooden factory from the early 20th century, followed in 1989 by the Institute of Design, housed in a former transformator station. The first mayor new contribution to the arts campus is the new School of Architecture – by Henning Larsen Architects[2][3][4] – that opened fall 2010. Three more new buildings – for the art academy, Bildmuseet and HUMlab – opened during the first half of 2012.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Press release from Umeå University, 2008-12-18 Balticgruppen Design AB invests SEK 90 million into Umeå Arts Campus Press release from Umeå University, 2008-12-18
  2. ^ "4618 m² with a unique river view – Opening of Umeå School of Architecture!" Press release from Umeå University, 2009-09-17
  3. ^ "Arts Campus at Umeå University" Henning Larsen Architects, visited 2012-02-16
  4. ^ "A new artists' quarter for Umeå" World Architecture News, September 2012, visited 2012-10-02
  5. ^ "Bildmuseet Umeå University: Inauguration of the new building and three exhibitions" Art & Education, 2012-02-13

Coordinates: 63°49′14″N 20°16′34″E / 63.82056°N 20.27611°E / 63.82056; 20.27611