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Emphasis on Arctic in Arts and Culture Programme 

Do you work with art and culture in Arctic? The Culture and Art Programme supports international collaborative projects in the field of art and culture, and currently has a special focus on the Arctic. 

Applicants can apply from anywhere in the world, but the project needs partners from at least three countries, at least two of which must be Nordic.

Although funding for Arctic cultural collaborations can be applied for in any application round of the Culture and Art Programme, in the remaining application round of 2022 and the two rounds in 2023, funding is reserved especially for collaborative art and culture projects in the Arctic.

The application period this year runs from 12 August to 12 September. The two application rounds in 2023 open in February and August. The exact dates will be confirmed later at nordiskkulturkontakt.org.

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Have a nice summer!

Nordic Culture Point is closed for the summer from Midsummer’s eve 24 June until 8 August. Books that have been borrowed from our library from 7 June onward have their due date 16 August. We wish to thank all our visitors and partners for the past spring. See you in August!

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Nordic Remix

Nordic remix- Combined voices of the future was created by a team of musicians, storytellers, videographers, photographers and journalists in Sisimiut, Greenland. The collaborate art project was made by combining different expressions, languages, traditions and heritages and resulted both in a multi-media piece and a concert with newly written music.  

The process demanded change of mindsets and openness to ideas and new perspectives that derived from being together and working with a variety of expressions with new people from Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi and Sweden. The shared stories and traditions created a special level of understanding for each other. 

The project was funded by Culture and art programme, which enables artic collaborations for arts and culture.

Video credits:

Produced by Francesca Vincentie
Edited by Julia Rignot
Sound Design by Francesca Vincentie
Images courtesy of Are We Europe, Arctic Sounds, Inuuteq Kriegel, Christian Helgi, Aputsiaq Jonathansen, and Julia Rignot
Music courtesy of Working Dogs

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One-on-one appointments with grant programme advisers are available!

Autumn’s application rounds for the Nordic and Nordic-Baltic grant programmes will open after sommer holidays. In August, the Nordic Culture Point intensifies the grants information with a possibility to book an online appointment with a grants adviser.  We offer appointments on  23–24 August and you can choose either general information about grant programmes or advise on a certain funding form.  The language is Scandinavian or English – but this is something to discuss individually with your adviser!  

Book your appointment here 

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

This year’s second application round for Mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture has now ended. In this round, 386 applications were received, increase from the previous application round. A total of 98 applications were awarded funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltics. The total amount granted was EUR 142,350.     

The next application round opens 29. August, and the deadline is 28 September 2022. You can find the results from this and previous rounds here   

Mobility funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture, which aims to strengthen artistic and cultural co-operation between professional artists and cultural professionals in the Nordic Region and the Baltic countries.   

 

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Första mentor/adept-paren valda till mentorskapspiloten

Pilotprogrammet för mentorskap inom det nordisk-baltiska mobilitetsprogrammet för kultur etablerades för att öka utbytet av kunskap, lärande och erfarenheter i regionen. Målet är att främja växelverkan, hållbarhet och långsiktiga relationer över gränserna mellan erfarna och yngre konstnärer och kulturarbetare.   

Programmet fick 33 ansökningar och följande 10 deltagare valdes och parades ihop med de i förväg valda mentorerna. Information om mentorerna och programmet finns här 

Amanda Hakoköngäs med mentor Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir 

  • Kulturarbetare, skribent och utställningsskapare från norra Finland, Lappland. 

Gabriele Janilionyte med mentor Kelli Turmann 

  • Antropolog, ledare av kulturella och sociala projekt, genomför olika interdisciplinära projekt för att skapa förändring i litauiska städer genom samhällsengagemang. 

Giedrė Putramentaitė med mentor Virpi Näsänen 

  • Frilansande projektledare specialiserad på modern cirkus (och annan scenkonst). 

Inka Kynkäänniemi med mentor Christian Bermudez 

  • Helsingforsbaserad konstnär som arbetar med video, skulptur, installation och text, samt långdistanscyklist. Hennes verk handlar ofta om tid, kollektivt delade känslor och de olika relationer som varelser, föremål och samhällen skapar med världen och varandra. 

Laura Cemin med mentor Israel Aloni 

  • Italiensk konstnär som bor i Helsingfors, aktiv inom visuell konst och scenkonst: ”fastän mitt arbete alltid har sitt ursprung i performativ handling, kan det förekomma i många olika medier och former, som liveföreställningar, text, foto och installationer med föremål.” 

Manca Dornik med mentor Gleb Divov 

  • Slovensk dragspelsartist baserad i Helsingfors, nyligen utexaminerad från den finska dragspelspionjären, professor Matti Rantanens klass vid Sibelius-Akademin. Utöver dragspel studerade hon också orkesterledning och komposition som biämnen. 

Rebekka Bohse Meyer med mentor Jenni Koski 

  • Performansdesigner som skapar immersiva performansinstallationer huvudsakligen med ljud. 

Sandra Cecilie Quist Lund med mentor Inga Žolude 

  • Författare utbildad vid Biskops Arnös författarskola och Konstfack i Sverige. 

Sanna Soni med mentor Jesper de Neergard 

  • Producent och dockteateragent med en kandidatexamen i kulturförvaltning. 

Tze Yeung Ho med mentor Katrine Ganer Skaug 

  • Norsk kompositör. Arrangör och grundare av projektet OSLOFONI och styrelsemedlem i konsertserien Periferien – nyMusikk Oslo. 

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

This year’s second application round for Mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture has now ended. In this round, 386 applications were received, increase from the previous application round. A total of 98 applications were awarded funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltics. The total amount granted was EUR 142,350.     

The next application round opens 29. August, and the deadline is 28 September 2022. You can find the results from this and previous rounds here   

Mobility funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture, which aims to strengthen artistic and cultural co-operation between professional artists and cultural professionals in the Nordic Region and the Baltic countries.   

 

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Seven cultural youth projects supported by Volt

The application round for Volt 2022 has been closed. The round collected 12 applications for a total of 351 987 €. The expert group decided to grant support for 7 applications, for a total granted amount of 274 206 €. The individual grant amounts ranged from 8 500 € to 65 850 €.

Among the approved projects are:

Creative Nordic Generation 2030 (CNG) by Fimigrant ry

Projektet Creative Nordic Generation 2030 is an initiative by Fimigrant ry. The project will organize events and workshops around the Nordics to increase youth creativity, skills and knowledge on Nordic Culture. By using Nordic mythology and storytelling tradition, the project aims to create cultural dialogue between the participants as well as youth-led creative performances.

BARNLEK 2023 by Folkdansringen Göteborg

Folkdansringen Göteborg  has been granted support for BARNLEK, a folk dance and folk music festivalis aimed at children and young people, mainly aged 8-16. BARNLEK is a meeting place for different languages and cultural backgrounds. Through dance, music, song, play and social gatherings, children and young people are given the opportunity to get to know each other’s cultures.

The next time you can apply for funds from Volt is in 2023.

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35 projects received funding from Arts and Culture Programme

The first round of the Arts and Culture Programme in 2022 received 134 applications for funding totalling EUR 4 835 670. The budgeted total funding available of EUR 1 102 260 was divided among 35 applications, corresponding to 26 % of the applications. The individual grants ranged from EUR 7,000 to EUR 100 000.

All projects that have been allocated funding can be found on the Nordic Culture Point website.

We cannot give individual feedback to applicants. For more information about criteria, please see here. You are welcome to contact us for advice when preparing your next application.

Two rounds of applications per year

The Arts and Culture Programme supports Nordic co-operation in the field of arts and culture. Funding can be sought for a project with artistic or cultural quality that promotes a diverse and sustainable Nordic Region. The funding programme is run by Nordic Culture Point.

The funding programme has two application rounds per year. The next round of applications will take place between 12th of August and 12th of September 2022. The application period closes at 15:59 Finnish time.

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Network funding granted to 20 projects

Network funding has now been distributed for both short-term and long-term network projects. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 75 applications, of which 20 were for the Long-term network funding and 55 for the Short-term network funding. A total amount of EUR 503 777 was granted to 4 long-term projects and 16 short-term projects.

Overall, the Expert Group was pleased to see an increase in the number of applications compared to the year 2021 that was still greatly affected by the pandemic.

Mentorship programme Future Leaders in Performing Arts was one of the granted short-term projects. The network is primarily targeted to performing arts professionals at the early stages of their careers. The network aims at increasing social sustainability in the future power structures of performing arts by inviting four emerging curators to a one-year mentoring process.

The project Backyard residencies explores possibilities for a sustainable way of running residency programs through regional cooperation and creating possibilities for artists and other professionals to live and work and meet other professionals and audience from the neighbor regions. The network is not only for residencies, but for different organizations in the northern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Yet another granted short-term project was the PUPSICLES Nordic-Baltic Puppetry Network that aims to create new and deepen the existing connections between ambitious puppetry festivals and organisations in the Nordic-Baltic region. The purpose of the network is to foster and create the means of more sustainable touring for puppet and visual theatre artists, productions and concepts, as well as explore more collaborative programming and sharing know-how.

See all granted short-term network projects and long-term network projects.

Network funding enables periods for cooperation, exchange of ideas and knowledge between professional artists and cultural workers in the Nordic region and/or the Baltic countries. The funding is a part of The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture, which strengthens artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries.

The next application round for the short-term network funding opens in 20 August 2022. Long-term network funding has only one application round per year and the next round will be arranged in the spring 2023.

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10 projects receive Norden 0-30 grant

The decisions for the first applications round of Norden 0-30 have been made. The application round garnered a total of 20 applications for 614 050 €. The expert group decided to give financial aid to 10 projects for 321 777 €. The individual grants varied between 3 000 € and 50 000 €. 

The expert group in charge of Norden 0-30 were glad to receive so many applications, as it shows that nordic collaboration among youths has gotten back on its feet after two years of the pandemic. Furthermore, it was positive to see such variation of themes and areas of focus among the applications.  

Some examples of projects that received grants are: 

Youth school of sustainable democracies by Arbetarrörelsens Barnorganisation i Norden 

The project gathered youths from five nordic countries to discuss inclusion work. The youths will learn about public speaking, debating, political development and social comepetensies. The project arranges events in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. 

Afro-Nordic Arts Fusion by Afrikas Horn Ungdumsforbund 

This multicultural project aims to engage immigrantyouths and promote social engagement with the help of art. Workshops with drama, musik, poetry are arranged in order to deal with questions regarding identity, integration and unemployment. The project will even arrange a seminarium in Stockholm. 

Klimatnätverk och läger för Nordisk ungdom by Luonto-Liitto 

Luonto-Liittos project invites 16-29 –year-olds to combat the climate crisis. The project will build a climate youth network to facilitate exchange of knowledge and best practices. A climate camp will host youth participants to build Nordic collaboration and to help them build tools for themselves as individuals. 

 The next round for Norden 0-30 is 29.03.2022 – 29.04.2022.  

All projects that have received funding can be found on Nordic Culture Point’s website.  

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Funding for artist residencies in high demand – 14 residency projects granted

Being in residency gives artists a chance to work in a more concentrated way and to develop their artistic practices in an inspirational environment that also offers possibilities for new collaborations. This year’s application round for Funding for Artist Residencies as a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme attracted more applications than ever.

The expert group met on 7 and 8 April 2022 to grant funding for Nordic and Baltic residency centres. Nordic Culture Point received 76 applications in this year’s round, 14 of which were granted funding. The total amount awarded was EUR 550,714. Competition was again fierce, and the grant percentage was 20%.

The residencies granted funding include the Finnish Bioart Society, which was granted funding for residencies within the Ars Bioarctica programme at Kilpisjärvi Biological station from 2022 to 2024 under the theme The North Escaping. The residencies include a one-month research visit to Kilpisjärvi. The artistic results of this will then be further developed and presented in Helsinki as events, workshops or exhibitions.

The KORDONair residency programme KORDON LAB on Food and Energy will take place between 2023 and 2024, and the selected artists will get a chance to dive into the human relation to food and energy. KORDON, located in Hiiumaa, Estonia, invites four residents within the field of architecture, and the visual, performing and culinary arts to explore food in relation to energy. Each resident will be invited for three one-month residencies, and in the final month the artists will come together for a group residency with exhibitions, talks and public sessions.

The H-E-I-M-A Music Residency in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, is a residency programme offered by Heima Art Residency to Nordic sound artists and musicians to enable them to work independently or collectively to create and record new work over the course of the residency. The participating artists will have the opportunity to live and work in a mini community, as well as develop and display their artistic practice within the HEIMA Art Residency and the community at large. The residency particularly welcomes participants from otherwise overlooked demographics and encourages underrepresented groups to apply.

The Expert Group appreciates all the residency programmes taking place in the Nordic and Baltic countries and is very happy about the diversity of the residency possibilities in the region.

See all grants for 2022 here.

Funding for artist residencies is part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The focus of the programme is on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme consists of three forms of funding: mobility funding, network funding and funding for artist residencies. Read more about the programme here.

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Open call for Nordic Art Lab II: Tape art workshop

Nordic Art Lab is a long-term project in which Nordic Culture Point  invites artists to work on-site with various interdisciplinary art projects at our gallery at the Suomenlinna World Heritage Site.

In August 2022, we will arrange a workshop in collaborative public art in co-operation with the TAPE OVER collective from Berlin. The participants will work together for five days from 15 to 19 August creating a collaborative installation in the gallery space using duct tape in vibrant colours. Tape art is a relatively new art form which allows a both experimental and versatile way of working. The tape facilitates very detailed work, huge wall drawings, and site-specific installations. Since the artworks do not require any transport or toxic chemicals in their execution, the tape is also a good environmental choice. The artworks created in the Suomenlinna gallery will be on display until mid-September 2022.

This open call is looking for five participants. You can apply if you are an artist or art student born 1987 or later based in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, or Finland including Åland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. The application deadline is 30 April 2022.

We will cover all travel expenses, accommodation, and meals for participating artists. Every participant will be paid an exhibition fee of EUR 200. The workshop and supply of art materials is free for the chosen participants.

The workshop will be facilitated by TAPE OVER’s crew manager and artist Robert “Rob” König together with another team member. TAPE OVER is an internationally renowned tape art crew established in Berlin since 2011. Their roots are in Berlin’s subcultural electro scene and originally they started doing tape art in the city’s vibrant electro clubs. The TAPE OVER collective has produced numerous public art works all over the world.

How to apply

Write a short motivation for why you would like to participate in the tape workshop (maximum of 1,000 characters), add your CV and three to five pictures of your previous artworks.

Send your application as a pdf to: opencall@nordiskkulturkontakt.org

The application deadline is 30 April 2022.

 

Contact and more information: Annika Bergvik-Forsander, senior advisor art projects

Email: annika.bergvik-forsander@nordiskkulturkontakt.org  Phone: +358 10 583 1015

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Mobility funding granted for travel in the Nordic-Baltic region

This year’s first application round for Mobility funding within the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture has now ended. In this round, 375 applications were received, which is an expected increase from the previous application rounds. A total of 108 applications were awarded funding for cultural and artistic co-operation in the Nordic Region and the Baltics. The total amount granted was EUR 186,675.    

The next application round is already open, and the deadline is 28 March 2022. You can find the results from this and previous rounds here  

“We’re very happy to see the high quality of and huge diversity in the projects. The projects express a truly ambitious, experimental attitude and an interest in co-operation across the Nordic Region and the Baltics,” said Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, chair of the Expert Group for Mobility funding. 

Mobility funding is part of the Nordic-Baltic mobility programme for culture, which aims to strengthen artistic and cultural co-operation between professional artists and cultural professionals in the Nordic Region and the Baltic countries.   

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Nordic Culture Point and the Finnish Painters’ Union launches three-year painting project

Nordic Painting is a three-year collaborative project (2022–2024) between Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki and the Finnish Painters’ Union (TML). Within the framework of Nordic Painting, an exhibition collaboration is carried out each year, together with a third party from another Nordic country. In 2022, it will be Norway and the Association of Norwegian Painters (LNM) will act as partners. This year’s exhibition will be divided into two parts and will take place partly in the Finnish Painters’ Union’s gallery in central Helsinki, and partly in Nordic Culture Point’s historic premises in Suomenlinna (2 November to 20 November 2022).

 

In January 2022, a joint open call was arranged for the members of the two unions. A total of 106 applications were received. A jury consisting of Randi Thommessen and Maiken Stene from LNM, Alina Mänttäri and Sampo Apajalahti from TML, and Annika Bergvik-Forsander from Nordic Culture Point, selected four artists to participate in the upcoming exhibition.

 

Among the Norwegian artists, the jury selected Ingrid Toogood and Espen Brændsrød, and among the Finns, Satu Raitiainen and Meri Toivanen were selected to participate in the exhibition.

 

Nordic Culture Point is one of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ cultural institutions and its purpose is to initiate and support pan-Nordic art and cultural projects, as well as contribute to increased knowledge of Nordic contemporary art and culture both in Finland and in the rest of the Nordic Region. In the project Nordic Painting, Nordic Culture Point acts as a sponsor for the costs of the Nordic guest artists’ participation in the exhibitions.

 

Participating artists

 

Ingrid Toogood (born 1976) works across several genres, including painting, sculpture, installation and performance art. Using optical illusions, with the help of shadows and mirrors, she addresses issues such as emptiness and loss. The mirror and the shadow represent unstable forms of reality and offer a way to manipulate our perceptions of space in two and three dimensions. The shadow effect and numerous mirrors create a spurious depth in the image surface. In this way, Toogood takes the basic flatness seriously, whilst it pulls the painting in new directions and dimensions. Depth is no longer an obstacle for flatness. This leaves the painting and the painted sculptures in a position between the two spatial extremes. https://www.toogood.no/

 

Espen Brændsrød (born 1969) is a graduate of Asker Kunstskole (1989–91) and the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry in Oslo (Institute for Colour, 1991–96). His artistic fields include painting, drawing, and sculpture. The works are often the result of process-oriented practices. Since his debut in LNM’s gallery in 200X, he’s had exhibitions at the Kunstnerforbundet in Oslo, the North Norwegian Artist Center (Nordnorsk Kunstnersenter) in Svolvær, and the Trafo Kunsthall in Asker. He’s a recipient of the Norwegian government’s Guaranteed Income For Artists, and his works have been purchased by several public institutions, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Norges Bank. http://www.brendsrod.no/

 

Satu Rautiainen (born 1982) graduated in 2008 from the department of painting of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. In her artistic work, Rautiainen studies the interface between art, crafts, and industrial design from the point of view of femininity and painting. She paints with aquarelles on paper and with oil colors. Using large-scale aquarelles, she contemplates traditions of painting and painting in modern time. Rautiainen’s paintings can be found in several public art collections, such as those of the Finnish state, Kiasma, EMMA and the Art Museum of Helsinki. www.saturautiainen.com

 

Meri Toivanen (born 1996) is based in Finland and Belgium and is currently finishing her master’s degree in painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Toivanen’s work has been presented in group exhibitions in Belgium. In her body of work, Toivanen explores the borderlines of figuration through the painting process using semi-monochromatic colour and elements of fading, disintegration and diffusion. As her referential inventory, Toivanen uses Finnish film history, playing with the disconnection of these images as fragments of popular culture to allow new insights to emerge.

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