About Us

Our Organization

VERKLIGHETEN in Umeå, Sweden, is a non commercial art space, managed by a board of artists since 2001. Our platform has a broad vision and encourages experiments and new initiatives. We make room for both unestablished and the established, the local and international, and all the diversity it offers.
This approach gives ultimate freedom for our artists – invited or having applied with a project. It widens perpectives and gives the visitors the vital nourishment needed. To empower the public even further, we also stage talks and host seminars about art and the world in which we live – The Reality.

During exhibitions: we are open Tuesday – Saturday 12-4 pm.
Entrence is FREE, unless a specific event says otherwise. Thanks to our funders, all workers, including artists, also gets decent pay for their respective work, journeys, etc.

Styrelse // Board

Gerd Aurell, Fanny Carinasdotter, Ida Hansson, Mattias Olofsson, Mia Rogersdotter Olofsson, Alexander Svartvatten, Sandra Wasara-Hammare, Helena Wikström, Simon Gran Danielsson

Apply to Verkligheten

You are welcome to apply with exhibition proposals, lectures, screenings etc. As an individual, as a group, as an artist or as anything you want. Please write a summary of your idea and add some work samples. Send your application as a PDF to info (at) verkligheten . net (if it’s large – more than 3 mb – please use a file sharing service, such as Dropbox or similar).
Or, send proposals with regular mail (no returns):
Galleri Verkligheten, Pilgatan 16, 90331 Umeå, Sweden.

Twice a year the board looks through applications. We look forward to receiving your application! (currently no deadline for applications)


Verkligheten has funding from the Swedish Arts Council, Umeå Municipality and Region Västerbotten. This secures a solid foundation for a regular program during 9 months, each year. Thus, we can have free entrance and invite/accept applicants and go along with interesting collaborations, without having to use the strict commersialistic point of view upon deciding the program. Nor do we take any provision on artworks sold on behalf of our artists. We are grateful to be in this position, and proud to be able to give a decent pay for all exhibitors/lecturers. For their work, transport of their works, overnight stays and their journeys.


We are deeply concerned about the situation of the world, which is also one reason why we managed a whole festival about it – Survival Kit. Besides for keeping up a dialogue by doing exhibits and lectures, we strive to keep our ecological footprint as small as we can, in order to do as less harm as possible to the planet.
All waste is kept to a minimum and sorted for recycling. Travelling on a national level is done primarily by train and bus. Only long distances is by flight. Local transports are first hand by bike, our own or a bike delivery service.
Verkligheten is a small organisation, but every step counts! So we enourage you, and your organization, to follow us towards a more sustainable world.

Our Space

We have two buildings: The main building in two stories and a one plane building – The Yard House. Also there is the yard and The Pantry.

The Main Building has heating, wc, our office and a help-yourself-store with stuff sold by artists.
The Backyard House has the largest exhibtion space, it’s more rough and is more difficult when it comes to heating it up to a pleasant temperature – but it’s really charming!
Our Pantry is the place to gather around during activities outdoors. We have tables, benches, and a…pantry.