Visby Residencies

The Visby Residencies Exchange Programme: NewMusicSA sends two South African composers to Sweden for a month

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NewMusicSA in collaboration with Sterkfontein Composers Meeting is offering a minimum of two South African composers residencies at Visby International Centre for Composers (VICC) in Sweden for two to four weeks during 2015 funded by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and SAMRO. Residents will have the chance to meet other composers and ensembles during their residency and will have 24 hour access to one of the four studios at VICC (see for more details). We are looking to send at least one experienced composer and one emerging composer to work partly in a mentorship relationship to ensure that the residency adds to the development of composition in South Africa. For more information and to apply one of these places click here

The exchange programme between the Visby International Composers Centre (VICC) and NewMusicSA is now in its 8th year. It was initiated jointly by both organisations in December 2006 and provides two residencies a year at VICC, situated in the medieval town of Visby, which is the capital of the Swedish island of Gotland. The residencies include free accommodation per composer and free use of a well-equipped music studio — one studio per composer — for up to four weeks. Other expenses are for residents' own account. (In 2010 SAMRO gave R22 000 to help cover these and in 2008 R20 000. In 2007 the Swedish concert agency Concert Sweden (Rikskonserter) gave SEK20 000.) Places have been reserved at VICC under the NMSA-VICC exchange during the month of June 2011. For 2015 we have received funding once again. 

Who Has Already Been?

Visby Residents in 2007

The two applicants who successfully applied for residencies in 2007 were Clare Loveday and Paul Hanmer, both from Johannesburg, who went in December 2007 for 4 weeks.

Visby Residents in 2009

The two applicants who successfully applied for residencies in 2009 were Lloyd Prince from Grahamstown and James Webb from Cape Town. Lloyd went from 12 January to 4 February 2009, and James went during March 2009.

Visby Residents in 2010

Julia Raynham (left) and Fiona Tozer during their residency in 2010, braving the coldest winter in Visby for 25 years

The two applicants who successfully applied for residencies in 2010 were Fiona Tozer from Durban and Julia Raynham from Cape Town. Fiona went from February 8 to March 7 and Julia from Feb 8 to 28.

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