Råneå/Sweden & Berwick/England - Digital Exchange Residency

Råneå/Sweden & Berwick/England - Digital Exchange Residency

We are delighted to announce a new digital exchange residency between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Råneå in North Sweden in partnership with Resurscentrum för konst in Norbotten and Swedish Lapland AiR.

Artists Morag Eaton from Berwick-upon-Tweed and Mats Wikström from Råneå will spend time learning about each other’s artistic practice and the creative communities they are part of within their respective rural localities and think about new ways of working the could benefit local cultural production.

About Råneå and Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Råne River Valley in northern Sweden offers a stunning natural environment, rich cultural history and a forest river. The Råne River runs from the foot of the Dundret mountain in Gällivare, to the Gulf of Bothnia and the Råneå archipelago – a distance of approximately 230 km.

Berwick-upon-Tweed, is England’s most northerly town, in the rural county of Northumberland. The town is rich in cultural history and is surrounded by a series of medieval town walls and Elizabethan ramparts. Like Råne River Valley, The River Tweed runs through the town begins it’s journey in Scotland and before entering the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Both towns are located close to borders, with Berwick only 4 km away from Scotland and Råneå about 90 km from the Finnish border.

About Morag Eaton

Printmaker, resident in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a town in England that is almost Scotland – in a region known as ‘The Borders’ which spans the two countries. ’The Borders’ has a cultural identity beyond it’s political borders. ’The Borders’ is an area lawless for centuries, and rich in folklore and superstition. The contemporary reworking of these tales, and those of folklore and superstition in general, is a continuing theme in Morag’s work.

Her ongoing collaboration with Gnaomi Siemens, New York poet and translator, has led Morag to explore other areas of literature and use new artistic methods to visually interpret Gnaomi’s translations.

Additionally, Morag runs a gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed with her partner, the painter Dave Watson.


About Mats Wikström

Living and working outside Råneå in north Sweden. Mats has been working in a broad field of artistic techniques from the 1990s when be began his artistic career after a decade of serving politicians in the bureaucracy.

Lately Mats is more and more into wood sculpting and carving. Sometimes working in big scale, sometimes small. This branch of artistic work is combined with music; writing lyrics, composing and singing in different contexts.

Another interest for Mats is folk art, he is curating exhibitions and have his own collection. Mats is also organizing cultural events, recently the Råneå  biennale 2020 with events along the Råneå river valley.