Artists invited to submit design ideas for guestrooms at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Artists invited to submit design ideas for guestrooms at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Artists invited to submit design ideas for guestro

Artist application for the 2018 winter ICEHOTEL are now open.  Artists are invited to submit design ideas for the future guestrooms – each of which is conceived as an independent art installation. 

Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, ICEHOTEL is more than a hotel with rooms and beds. It is an ephemeral art project made of ice and snow from the Torne River. Every year, for almost 30 years, new art suites of ice and snow have been constructed during the creation of ICEHOTEL.

By tradition, the actual making of the hotel is an art forum, whereby the selected suite designers gather in Jukkasjärvi to use the ice and snow as a canvas for their art. Each room is an installation, an original piece of art, that melts and returns to Mother Nature in spring.

The jury have asked for designs that are “thoughtful, crazy, innovative, creative or beautiful”, with the only requirements being that everything is entirely made from ice and snow and the designs are original and include a bed. Applications must be submitted by 6th May 2018. The application form can be downloaded here.

Arne Berg, artist and creative advisor at ICEHOTEL said: “Ice has an interesting effect on creativity. Since it’s not a permanent material, people aren’t afraid of trying ideas they otherwise wouldn’t dare to test.”

“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 jury will assess the new applications based on concept, innovativeness and visualisation. The selected artists will be invited to Jukkasjärvi for two weeks in November and December to start work on their rooms.