Långviksskär’s reputation is based not only on many skilled boatbuilders but also on artist Axel Sjöberg who depicted the archipelago in many ways. He spent much time in the Stockholm archipelago and chose Långviksskär as the starting point of his artistic production. He acquired a house and studio on the island and spent nearly 40 years depicting the life here in text, paintings and photographs.
When the Archipelago Foundation purchased much of Långviksskär and approximately 300 islands in the surrounding archipelago in 1983, the idea was raised of setting up a residential scholarship with accommodation in Axel Sjöberg’s previous home. The scholarship includes travel to and from the island, five week’s residence for two artists, wood for the stove and fuel for the outboard-powered boat.
This idyll of the outer archipelago, painted in traditional Swedish red, has for more than 30 years seen painters, photographers and authors become captivated by the light and colours among the islands of Långviksskär, and its islets, bays and strait.
Långviksskär is now a nature reserve that can be reached by taxi boat, or in your own boat, anchoring in one of the natural anchorages here.