Färgglad teckning ritad av William Scott med skyskrapor och texten Praise Frisco.
William Scott. “The Twilight Zone”, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg

Frisco Studio Syd

In March 2023, Malmö Konsthall started a new project that builds upon 10 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities. We have started to explore the possibilities of starting up a new studio with the working title ‘Frisco Studio Syd’. The studio will function as both a physical meeting space and a platform, specifically for people with developmental disabilities in the region that would like to work as professional artists.

Name inspired by the artist William Scott

The name “Frisco Studio Syd” is inspired by the artist William Scott who works at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California. Scott often recreates his hometown San Francisco as “Praise Frisco” – an utopian city where society is fairer, peaceful, full of hope and happiness. Praise Frisco represents a world where there aren’t any limits and where we can celebrate our differences. We hope that Frisco Studio Syd can be a place like this in Skåne for artists.

Several groups working closely together

The first year of the project focused largely on research and developing an organisational framework for Frisco Studio Syd. We went on multiple studio visits to different organisations around the world who work with disabled artists, and through this build a solid network of local, national and international collaboration partners. In December 2023 we presented the research and future visions for the project in the form of a report.

The work continues into 2024! This year, project leader Lucy is working to secure future finansing for the studio, to spread the knowledge built up during 2023 and to improve the working conditions of disabled artists in collaboration with our partners.

Sources of inspiration

Sources of inspiration for Frisco Studio Syd are organisations such as Creative Growth Art Center in the USA, Ateljé Inuti in Stockholm and Project Art Works in the UK.

For more information please contact Lucy Smalley, Project Leader Frisco Studio Syd +46 (0) 72-156 35 14 lucy.smalley@malmo.se