Calling All Budget Travelers: Clarion Hotel Stockholm Will Trade a Room for Art

Calling All Budget Travelers: Clarion Hotel Stockholm Will Trade a Room for Art

Linda Ly
Jul 24, 2012

If you're a starving artist and somehow find yourself in Sweden, you at least won't find yourself on the streets: Clarion Hotel in Stockholm recently debuted a "Room for Art" program that will let you crash for a night, in exchange for that doodle you otherwise couldn't sell on Etsy.

These aren't your basic hostel-type accommodations — you get a bright, modern, double room with all the amenities, including a workspace and ensuite bathroom.

Inspired by the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York City, a thriving haven for artists from the 1960s to the 1980s, Clarion Hotel manager Marcus Majewski recalled the days when his father used to pay for his room at the Chelsea with his own art.

"To see my dad's pieces hang next to famous artists at the Chelsea Hotel really made an impact on me," said Majewski.

The Clarion is actively involved in the local art scene and frequently hosts art galleries and music performances.

Both aspiring and established artists are invited to submit their original art for a room reservation — anything from a poem to a painting, as long as it's signed by the artist and fits an A4 format. Anything will pass for art, since who's to really judge whether your work is good or bad?

At present, there is no end date for "Room for Art," and the hotel hopes to offer it as a permanent policy for artists. There is a catch, though: You're only allowed two free nights per calendar year.

To read more about "Room for Art" or to submit your work, visit the Clarion Hotel Stockholm website.


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(Image: Clarion Hotel Stockholm)

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