Application
"In Ingmar’s office, there is an aperture reminding of a painting rather than a window, an opening that through its panes reveals a world more luminous, more beautiful."
Professor Ulf Danielsson in 2015

The Bergman Estate on Fårö is open to artists, scholars, and journalists from around the world, as well as people dedicated to democracy and freedom of speech. The estate is managed according to Ingmar Bergman’s ideals and in a manner that respects and promotes Fårö’s unique nature and culture, its history and inhabitants.

Artists and scholars stay in the houses free of charge. In your application, please suggest a way to “reimburse” the community through some kind of cultural or artistic contribution. Please note that in order to apply for at stay at the Bergman Estate, your project does not need to be related to the work of Ingmar Bergman.

"My father considered work the most important of all virtues. The Bergman Estate shall therefore be a centre for challenging and creative work. It is to be a place to withdraw to create in solitude, and a place where people meet to achieve something in common."
From Linn Ullman's initial project outline

Please use the designated form to apply. The application form is available from October 1 to November 28. Grants will be announced and communicated in january.

The Bergman Estate offers accommodation for a work period of no less than three weeks and no more than three months. Applicants with special needs can apply for travel grants. The Bergman Estate is closed from December to March.

Applicants must be able to document professional accomplishments and works, provide a description of the project they intend to work on while on Fårö, number of people (spouse, children, etc), and the intended period of stay. Additionally, applicants must specify how they intend to reimburse the community in the form of a cultural event.

The Bergman Estate is also open to group projects. This includes, for instance, theatre groups, film productions, or the editorial department of a media company. The Bergman Estate aims to be an international arena and especially welcomes applicants who wish to introduce a non-Western view across the Baltic Sea.

Applications will be evaluated by the artistic director, who in turn processes them for final assessment by the Board. Decisions will be based on the project description and the Bergman Estate statutes. When assessing applications, we put great emphasis on the description of the purpose and quality of the project applied for. Stays for study purposes will normally not be considered unless the subject calls for a presence on Fårö.

If the work during your stay at the Bergman Estate results in a publication of any kind, please mention The Bergman Estate (Bergmangårdarna på Fårö) in your credits.

If you have been granted a stay at the Bergman Estate, please visit the page Information for residents for practical information.

"My father considered work the most important of all virtues. The Bergman Estate shall therefore be a centre for challenging and creative work. It is to be a place to withdraw to create in solitude, and a place where people meet to achieve something in common."
From Linn Ullman's initial project outline

The Bergman Estate does not accept applications by mail, please use the designated form which is open October 1 – November 28.

Please do not send books or other material to the address of the estate.

Guests are kindly asked to plan for a highly self-dependent stay on Fårö.

The Bergman Estate residency is open for applications between October 1 and November 28 .

Grants will be announced and communicated in february.

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"A kind of routine unfolds. Still, it feels like all this time has been a vacation."
Costume designer Anna Bergman, who visited the Bergman Estate in 2011

If you have been granted a stay at the Bergman Estate on Fårö – welcome! Here you will find all the practical information you need.

When you are about to book your trip to Fårö, please contact housekeeper Kerstin Kalström. She will provide you with your keys and make sure that you find your way to the houses. As soon as you have settled in your accommodation, Kerstin will give you a brief tour of Ingmar Bergman’s house at Hammars.

Guests are kindly asked to plan for a highly self-dependent stay on Fårö, including self-catering. The Bergman Estate will provide bed linen and towels, but guests are expected to take care of their own meals and laundry, as well as cleaning during and after their stay. Cleaning equipment and detergents are provided, and directions for the end-of-stay cleaning are available in each house.

Visitors are kindly asked to read and comply with the house rules, which can be found in a binder in each house.

"A kind of routine unfolds. Still, it feels like all this time has been a vacation."
Costume designer Anna Bergman, who visited the Bergman Estate in 2011

Housekeeper Kerstin Kalström must be notified at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Directions to The Bergman Estate will be sent to residents by e-mail.

The distances on Fårö are longer than you might think. There are no food store in walking distance from the houses.

 

Arrival

Housekeeper Kerstin Kalström will provide directions, hand over your keys, and so on. Please contact her as soon as you have booked your trip to Fårö.


ATM

You can withdraw money in Fårösund (on the Gotland side) outside of the grocery store Bungehallen.


Bed linen

Linen and towels are provided by the Bergman Estate.


Bakery

The bakery Sylvis döttrar on Fårö is open from May to August. There is also Rute Stenungsbageri in Lärbro, on the Gotland side.


Bergman Centre

Located in Fårö and open May – August. Includes a cinema, a café, a creative workshop for children, and more.

 


Bergman films

If you would like to watch a film by Bergman, there is a great VHS selection available at Hammars. You can also watch a film in the cinema at Dämba, please ask housekeeper Kerstin Kalström.


Bergman week

Arranged every summer, week 26. Visit bergmancenter.se.


Bicycles

There are nine bikes available for use, one at each house.


Car

Having a car at your disposal is recommended during your stay at the Bergman Estate. The distances on Fårö are greater than you might think, and there is no grocery store within walking distance from the houses.

There are plenty of car rentals both at Visby airport and at the ferry terminal. Hertz +46 498 248550, Europcar +46 498 215010, Statoil +46 498 216855, Carina’s car rental in Fårösund, +46 708 231408.


Cinema

If you would like to watch a film in Ingmar Bergman’s cinema at Dämba, please make arrangements with housekeeper Kerstin Kalström.


Children

Your children are welcome to stay at the Bergman Estate as long as you include them in your application. However, children are not permitted at Hammars. If you stay longer than six weeks, it might be possible to arrange daycare. Please consult Kerstin Kalström.


Custodian

For any questions regarding the houses, please call Kerstin Kalström. You can find her number in a binder available in all houses.


Deadline

The last day to apply for a residency at the Bergman Estate is 28 November.


Doctor

If you need medical assistance, please contact Slite Vårdcentral, Storgatan 79, phone +46 498 204581. In case of emergency, dial 112.


Ferry Stockholm → Gotland

You travel from the main land to Gotland with the company Destination Gotland. See also “Travelling to Gotland/Fårö”.


Ferry Gotland → Fårö

Free, and usually departs every 30 minutes, also in the nighttime. See also “Travelling to Gotland/Fårö”.


Fly to Gotland

The airport is located in Visby. See also the headline “Travelling to Gotland/Fårö”.


Fårö church

This is where Ingmar and Ingrid Bergman are buried. The church was rebuilt in 1858 and is a bit more modern than other churches in Gotland, but still showcases artifacts from the 14th century.


Fårösund

The small town where you take the ferry from Gotland to Fårö.


Food

While staying at the Bergman Estate, you are kindly asked to prepare and take responsibility for your own meals. The grocery store on Fårö is called ICA Nyströms and is located on northern Fårö. You also have Bungehallen in Fårösund as well as several stores in Slite and Visby. There are no grocery stores within walking distance from the Bergman Estate.


Garbage

Read the instructions in the houses. Put plastic, metal, and paper in separate containers and bring them to the recycling station in Fårösund. It is open Tuesday and Thursday 7 am – 6 pm, Saturday 9 am – 1 pm. Containers and bottles: there is an igloo outside ICA on the island. (You can also bring them to the recycling station.)

Each house has garbage bins. The brown and the black bins outside the houses (brown for food scraps and black for combustible waste) are emptied every two weeks. You have to put the bins by the main road in order to be emptied. This information can also be found in the instructions in each house.


Guest book

Please write something in the guest book at Hammars before you leave.


Guests

You may bring family members to the Bergman Estate as long as you include them in your application. You may also bring guests with a professional connection to your project as long as they are included in your application. Other visiting relatives or friends must find their own accommodation on the island.


House rules at Hammars

You can also find the house rules in a binder at Hammars. Ingmar Bergman’s home is open 9 am – 5 pm; closed weekends and holidays. Please feel free to watch the VHS films in the movie room. The library is locked, but you can visit it under the supervision of the housekeeper. You can use all books as long as you keep them in the house. The books are to stay at Hammars. Preparing meals in the kitchen is not allowed, but you are welcome to heat food in the microwave oven or make coffee/tea. Feel free to unlock the veranda and have lunch outside.

If it is cold, you can turn up the heat, please consult custodian Birger Kalström. You are not allowed to bring friends or visitors to Hammars. Children are unfortunately not permitted at Hammars.


Internet

There is a Wifi connection at Dämba and Ängen, but not at Hammars or Skrivstugan. Do not expect being online or having a cell phone signal at Hammars.


Mail

Guests can have their mail forwarded to the mailbox at Dämba. Address: Bergmangårdarna, Box 2078, 624 66 Fårö. For outgoing mail, please use the yellow mailboxes – the closest outside Körkmacken gas station. For sending/receiving parcels, please use c/o Bungehallen in Fårösund.


Map

Directions to The Bergman Estate will be sent to residents by e-mail.


Petrol

You can fill up at Statoil in Fårösund or at Körkmacken (credit card only) near the church.


Pets

Unfortunately, you can not bring pets to the Bergman Estate.


Pharmacy

There is one in Slite. Tullhagsplan 2A, phone +46 77-161 26 12. Bungehallen in Fårösund has some over-the-counter drugs.


Phone

There are no landline telephones in the houses. There is no signal for cell phones at Hammars, nor in the Hammars’ guest house, except occasionally.


Printer

There are no printers in Bergman’s houses. If needed, residents can go to Bergmancenter and use their printer.


Restaurants

During summer, there are a handful of restaurants on Fårö, the Gotland tourist information keeps a list. In the rest of the year, the restaurant Vinor in Sudersand may be open on weekends.


Slite

The nearest town with a pharmacy, grocery stores, a doctor, liquor store, and so on.


Transfer

If you drive your own car, please consult housekeeper Kerstin Kalström for directions. If you do not travel by car, the housekeeper can pick you up at the ferry quay on Fårö.


Travelling to Gotland/Fårö

Fårö is located just north of the larger island of Gotland. You can reach Gotland either by air or sea; flights and ferries both arrive in Visby. The ferry company is Destination Gotland, and departs from Nynäshamn (60 kilometers south of Stockholm) and Oskarshamn. You can bring your car or bike on the ferry, and you can also bring a bike on the commuter train from Stockholm to Nynäshamn.

You will find the broadest selection of flight departures from Stockholm. You can fly with BRA, SAS, Norwegian (only in the summertime) and Wideroe (from Oslo).

The ferry between Gotland and Fårö is free and usually departs every 30 minutes from Fårösund, also in the nighttime. The trip lasts seven minutes, the time table is found here. If the time is marked with an “A”, you have to call for the ferry ten minutes before departure, + 46 771-65 65 65.


TV

The Hammars’ guest house and Skrivstugan have no television or internet connection. There are television sets in the others houses, equipped with three Swedish channels. There are DVD players at Ängen and Dämba.


Visby

The biggest town in Gotland, about 55 kilometers from Fårö.


Washing machine

There are washing machines at Hammars, Dämba, and Ängen. Guests of Flygeln may do their laundry in the main house at Dämba. Residents staying in a house without washing machines can use the one at Hammars.


Wifi

There is a Wifi connection at Dämba and Ängen, but not at Hammars or Skrivstugan.


Wine

The easiest way to buy alcohol is at Systembolaget in Slite or Visby. You can also order it in one of the local stores and wait for a couple of days. Beer with 3,5 percent alcohol or less is available in regular grocery stores.


"A kind of routine unfolds. Still, it feels like all this time has been a vacation."
Costume designer Anna Bergman, who visited the Bergman Estate in 2011

Housekeeper Kerstin Kalström must be notified at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Directions to The Bergman Estate will be sent to residents by e-mail.

The distances on Fårö are longer than you might think. There are no food store in walking distance from the houses.