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In Swedish one often says ’both and’ rather than just ’both’ – as in ’I want to have both’ (Jag vill ha både och). This feels particularly relevant at the moment.

In eleven days I will have two studios: one in Enköping and one in Uppsala. After speaking friends (rather than checking my finances) I decided that I would take the studio at the old hospital – it is just too good an opportunity to miss.

It is both exciting and a bit scary. I have no idea how it will work out. It sounds so grand having two studios … and I am not so grand at all! However I have only myself to take care of. And I need to take of myself! I have spent a good deal of the last three year’s studio time trying to get an artists’ collective together and now I need to take a break. I know that I am not alone in this Klas was quick to get involved when I started looking for other artists back in 2016, when we put the call out for artists’ studios at the Old Gymnastic Hall Ida was one of the first to respond, and 18 months ago Ola turned up looking to relocate his photographic practice closer to home. We four have been the driving force in trying to move things on both at the studio and with the local council. I think that we all feeling our frustrations at the lack of progress – particularly from the council’s side.

So rather than getting run-down by it all I have decided that I need a change of scene and to focus on my own work. I am confident that the professional atmosphere of Hospitalet will be very good for me!

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