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33 projects are granted funding from Culture and Art Programme

The second application round for Culture and Art Programme 2019 is now finished. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 188 applications for a total sum of 6 796 782 euros. The expert group has decided to grant a total of 1 073 875 euros to 33 projects.

Examples of granted projects

This round resulted in many realistic applications of a good quality. The great political themes of our time, as social and ecological sustainability as well as diversity were represented among the applications, Several of the applications introduced collaborations between various fields of art. An example of such a project is In Search for Magic – A Proposal for a New Constitution for the Republic of Iceland by Cycle, Music and Art Festival in collaboration with Reykjavik Art Festival, Reykjavik konstmuseum and several partners from Denmark, Germany, Greenland and Spain.  In Search for Magic is a interdisciplinary socio-political performance on the ongoing quest of the Icelandic public for a new constitution.

Another project with a social theme is Ethnic plurality and forced migration on Nordic stages by the Finnish National Theatre, Nordic Black Theater from Oslo and Sort/Hvid from Copenhagen in collaboration with a vast range of individuals with a common aim to increase increase cultural diversity and representation in theatre field in the Nordic countries. The project is also exchanging know-how about political or documentary theatre projects dealing with these topics, explore how to take part in social discussion through art and reaching out to new multicultural audiences.

Milwaukee Art Museum has researched design exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries between 1890 and 1980 in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Nationalmuseum in Stockholm och Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo. The grant from Nordic Culture Point is to be used for dissemination and outreach of the traveling exhibition.

Kulkue – Parad – Parade is a moving dance project simulating the journey and development of folk tradition through Norway, Sweden and Finland through a production consisting of folk dance and documentary film during 2020 and 2021. The content is perpetually changing and creating new meanings on its way. The performance is also varying from a scenic interpretation to a social gathering and further to a hybrid of both of these.

The strategic focus on children and young can be presented through Kids in Jazz, an international jazz festival in Oslo, where both young jazz musicians as well as institutions and teachers working with them can connect and share competencies.

Application rounds twice a year

You can find all the granted projects from this and previous rounds by scrolling down the page Results.

Culture and Art Programme supports Nordic cooperation within art and culture. You can apply for funding for a collaborative project with artistic or cultural quality which promotes a multifaceted and sustainable Nordic region. The grant programme is administered by Nordic Culture Point.

Funding is being distributed twice per year. The next application rounds are from 5th of February until 5th of March and from 10th of August until 10th of September 2020. 5.2-5.3.2020 from 10.8-10.9.2020. Please note that the application deadline is at 15.59 Finnish time.


The image is from project Stages – New Nordic performing art av Göteborgs Dans och Teater festival, which received funding from the second round of the Culture and Art Programme in 2018.


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Network funding granted to 15 network projects

The second round of short-term network funding is now complete, with 15 short-term networking projects being granted funding in this round. The total amount granted was EUR 245,093. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 50 applications amounting to a total of EUR 834,050.

The expert panel commended the huge variety of projects, ranging from small projects targeted at a very specific niche, to more extensive projects by established organisations. The grants that were awarded reflect the diversity of the field of art and culture. While traditional genres such as film, theatre, literature, dance and the visual arts are represented among the projects granted funding, it is notable that as much as 60 percent of the projects work across disciplines and between genres. These projects cover a variety of less traditional areas including storytelling, cultural heritage and puppetry, as well as areas that intersect with the arts, neuroscience and speech-language pathology.

You can see all the projects that were granted funding on the results page on our website.

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

The next application round for network funding opens on 22 January 2020. Both short-term and long-term funding are available in the first round of the year. There is only one application round per year for long-term network funding for networks working together for up to three years, while there are two rounds for short-term funding.

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Music, images and poetry in the project ’Kom med – det gror i Nord’

Kom med – det gror i Nord (Come along – it grows in the North) researches nordic identity, culture and history through creative learning processes. The project group has developed songs, art and poetry of their countries and the Nordics in collaboration with pupils and teachers during school visits.

A learning material that helps pupils to inspect their own country in relation to other Nordic countries has been created within the project. The material helps pupils to reflect on what is important and special in their own lives, as well as in those of other children in the Nordics. The pedagogic material is now available on the webpage Norden i skolan (in Nordic languages only).

The project has been granted funding from Volt – the language and culture programme for children and young people up to the age of 25. The programme supports projects that raise interest in art, culture, and languages in other Nordic countries and areas. The project Kom med – det gror i Nord has been realised in cooperation by the nordic musicians Lone Wernblad (DK), Peter Wemö (SE), Bergur Fonsdal Johannesen (FO) and Benjamin Aggerbæk (DK).

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Kim Hankyul and Minna Kangasmaa´s joint exhibition continues the series of nordiSKulptur exhibitions

Kim Hankyul and Minna Kangasmaa ´s joint exhibition continues the series of nordiSKulptur exhibitions

Kim Hankyul from Norway and Minna Kangasmaa from Finland have been selected as the artists of the second nordiSKulptur exhibition. The exhibition will take place at Galleria Sculptor in Helsinki in September 2020. NordiSKulptur promotes Nordic contemporary sculpture and is a collaborative project by the Association of Finnish Sculptors and the Nordic Culture Point. Selection for the exhibition in 2020 was made in cooperation with the Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Norsk Billedhoggerforeningen.

Kim Hankyul works mainly with sound installation. In his installations, he uses the kinetic or motored movement of wooden materials as the main source of live sound. By juxtaposing mechanical strength and sonic vulnerability, Hankyul interrogates the routine of violence observed in daily activities. He was born in South Korea, and currently he lives and works in Bergen, Norway. His works have been shown recently at Bergen Kunsthall (2019), Lydgalleriet, Bergen (2019), Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (2019), Doosan Art Center, Seoul (2018), and Unofficial Preview Gallery, Seoul (2017) in the format of exhibition, theatre and live sound performance.

In her art, Minna Kangasmaa studies the current ecological crisis and human´s relationship to the material world. Since 2008 she has worked with a series of work Systema naturae, in which she brings under scrutiny interactions between human, society and nature and their potential to generate both destruction and progress. Kangasmaa was born in Oulu Finland, where she currently lives and works. Kangasmaa´s works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around Finland and Europe, most recently at the Mänttä Art Festival (2019), Galleria Muu Kaapeli (2019) and at Galleria Vanha Raatihuone (2019) in Finland, and at PARALLEL VIENNA art fair in Austria (2019).

The artists were selected through an open call aimed at the members of the Finnish and Norwegian Sculptor’s Associations. The selection was carried out by a jury, composed of the following members; Simo Ripatti and Andy Best as representatives of the Association of Finnish Sculptors, and Sabina Westerholm as a representative of the Nordic Culture Point.

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Annika Bergvik-Forsander new event producer at Nordic Culture Point

The event team at Nordic Culture Point has a new member. Annika Bergvik-Forsander is a visual artist, art educator and art historian.

She has previously worked as the principal of the Nordic Art School in Kokkola, as the producer and curator for the project space Energiverket at the Novia University of Applied Sciences and as a regional artist for The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia. As a visual artist she has had around 50 exhibitions, during the last few years in Munich, Helsinki, Vaasa and Lahti among other places. She has also done public art works, most notably the facade painting Wonderland in Arabianranta in Helsinki.



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Here are the deadlines for cultural grants in 2020

The 2020 deadlines for the Nordic and Nordic-Baltic grant programmes for cultural and societal activities have been published. The grant programmes are aimed at different target groups. Some of the funding can only be granted to professionals, while other ones are open for anyone with a good idea and a network in several Nordic and/or Baltic countries.

In 2020, the Nordic ministers for Culture allocate nearly five million euros to the different grant programmes, which are administered by the Nordic Culture Point. Keep updated about deadlines and news about the grant programmes by subscribing to the Nordic Culture Point’s newsletter!


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Mobility funding granted for 51 projects

The third round of applications for funding under the 2019 mobility funding is now closed. Nordic Culture Point received 159 applications requesting a total of EUR 366,280. The programme’s expert panel granted funding to the tune of EUR 114,820 split between 51 trips in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

This round of applications was incredibly varied in terms of genres and topics, with a predominance of applications from the field of dance.

Among them was Lára Stefánsdóttir, an Icelandic dance artist travelling to Gothenburg, Sweden, to develop a future project for the Spinn dance company. The exhibition is planned as a duet between a disabled young woman and an able-bodied woman dancer.

The Danish filmmaker Maia Sørensens has a background as both a dancer and choreographer. She has been granted funding for her trip to the Faroe Islands, where she will hold a film workshop for teenagers. In the project, they will explore their own movement patterns in their own everyday home environments.

Another interesting application came from the duo Niklavs Paegle and Laila Zarina, travelling from Riga in Latvia to Bergen in Norway in order to take part in the IN THE LIBRARY series of events. Paegle is an architect, while Zarina is an artist and curator. Together they research and explore the issues related to the culture and future of libraries in a digital age. This is a specialised but also incredibly relevant topic.

Mobility funding gives applicants – be they individuals or small groups – access to contacts, skills, and knowledge from different parts of the Nordic and Baltic regions. Funding can be used to present art and culture productions, as well as increase interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.

Mobility funding is to cover the travel and/or accommodation expenses of professional artists and cultural practitioners in the Nordic Region and/or Baltic countries.

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Co-operation in the cultural sector and sustainability

What role does culture play in the climate crisis? How can Nordic co-operation in the cultural sector contribute to sustainable development? These are just a couple of the questions that were raised at the annual meeting of Nordic Culture Point’s stakeholder groups, which this year was hosted in Suomenlinna on 24 and 25 September. The two days of meetings saw the sharing of information and experience between the secretariat, other Nordic institutions for culture, and the various expert groups for the funding programmes. The event culminated in a workshop on sustainable development.

In a world where the extent and impact of climate change on nature and humanity is difficult to take in, the role of artists and art itself was found to be more important than ever.

The workshop leaders Aura Seikkula and Krista Petäjäjärvi from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland noted how our awakening to climate change and the unsustainable consumption patterns of the western world are also giving rise to changes in how we talk about art.

“Value creation in art is changing. Artists must lead the discussion to where the public’s interests are. The role of art in decision-making and education is also seeing a paradigm shift in which artists increasingly have a dialogic role,” said Petäjäjärvi.

Through art and culture, people can be readied for taking in and processing these revolutionary processes, which is a prerequisite for being able to change their own behaviours. The workshop participants also stated that the role of artists must continue to be free and uncontrolled to ensure that art is not overinstrumentalised, not even for the purpose of improving the world.

Some specific measures were discussed, including more efficient and low-emissions travel, the potential for P2P mentoring, and regular follow-ups and reporting that can set examples in the cultural sector.

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Nordic Match: Models for an inclusive cultural sector in diverse societies

Between 7 and 10 October, Helsinki will host creative professionals from across the Nordic Region in attempt to solve a common challenge: developing models for an open and accessible cultural sector in which young people can participate, get involved, and have an influence. The Finnish National Theatre’s youth theatre, Kantti, will serve as the Nordic Match network’s local partner and case study.

Nordic Match is a creative network and pop-up think tank that has been initiated and funded by Nordic Culture Point, and which is developed in co-operation with the creative agency Måndag. Six professional Nordic creatives each representing a creative direction have been selected in an open call for applications.

The group will gather in Helsinki to put their heads together in an attempt to solve a pressing social issue, defined by the Finnish National Theatre. As the local partner for this autumn’s Nordic Match week, for three days the National Theatre will be able benefit from the group’s Nordic experiences in its efforts to encourage young people to voluntarily get involved in theatre production and visit the National Theatre. The results will be presented at a public networking event on 10 October.

The participants in the October round of Nordic Match are

  • Bára Örk Melsted (Iceland) – visual artist, writer, and social activist within the performing arts
  • Leanna Lunde (Norway) – social artist with a background in theatre and film production
  • Lina Linde (Sweden) – transmedia producer and artist in the film industry
  • Linh Duong (Finland) – master’s student in strategic design with a focus on social sustainability
  • Margaux Gillet (Denmark) – experienced project manager in the creative industries and education
  • Mete Sasioglu (Finland) – film producer with a focus on the inclusion of newly-arrived immigrants

Don’t miss out on this:

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Eight projects were awarded a Volt-grant in 2019

The application round for 2019 for the Volt language and culture programme for young people has now concluded. A total of EUR 287,027 has been awarded, with grants for individual projects ranging from EUR 10,000 up to EUR 70,000. A total of 27 applications were considered in this round, with eight of these being granted funding. Here are three examples of projects that the expert group thought worth highlighting:

Kolme! (Three!) is a project aimed at building a strong co-operative network between young people who identify with the Baltic-Finnic minority languages and cultures in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. The project’s activities will be based on creative content through various art forms at three locations. The material created will be presented at exhibitions and in a short docu-film that will be made available for release in other countries. The content has been created by local youth organisations with the aim of strengthening the participants’ identity and sense of belonging through increased knowledge of their own culture, language, and history. The languages included in the project are Kven, Meänkieli, and Karelian.

The project Ångestakademien has also been granted funding for three camps for young people and young adults to be held in Finland, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands. The focus will be on how fiction, culture, and creativity can help to prevent mental illness. The project will include the media of animation, film, and image. In addition, there will be time for discussion groups on culture, fiction, and opportunities to improve the health of young people. In addition to the spoken word, the project utilises the communication opportunities offered by way of body language and emotional language. The project is implemented based on the needs and wishes of young people with the support of reference groups consisting of professional experts in the cultural, social, and technical sectors.

Trillebørstur i Nord is a project for those aged between three and eight, consisting of performances and workshops where children can travel around the Nordic Region in a wheelbarrow loaded with stories. In this way they learn about the Nordic languages, cultures, and histories. After the performance, the children reflect on what they’ve seen and make pictures and figures based on what they’ve experienced. The project builds on the earlier experience of the projects Nordisk – Nøj, det’ for børn! and Kom med! Det gror i Nord, and will be enjoyed by children in five Nordic countries and areas.

For the last three years, the Volt programme has facilitated creative content that arouses interest in the art, culture, and languages of other Nordic countries and areas. Projects that have been granted funding can be found under “Search grants” on the results page of Nordic Culture Point’s website.  Information about upcoming application rounds will be published on our website in early 2020.

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Sustainability an important issue at Residency Circle meeting in Riga

What is the role of residencies within the local and global ecology of arts? This was the main topic for the biannual Residency Circle meeting that was held in Riga 29-30 August. The meeting was arranged as a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

Ecology of the residencies was the topic for the first panel. Art Lab Gnesta from Sweden and the Finnish residency centers Mustarinda and HIAP shared their experiences on working ecologically in their residencies. The participants discussed the role of the residency centers in today’s sustainability challenges and pointed out that also political measures are required to solve these issues and that art has a value in itself.

The topics for the second day of the meeting ranged over how the local communities benefit from residencies and who actually benefits from the residency – the organisation or the artist? The participants of the two panels represented various residency projects within different genres and had a lot in common working with these questions. Some residency centers highlighted the importance of guaranteeing a chance for the artists to work without disturbance whereas others expect stronger presence of their residency artists within the local community.

The purpose of the Residency Circle meeting is to create and support networks between the Nordic and Baltic residencies. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture promotes cooperation in the Nordic region and the Baltic countries and focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.

Funding for artist residencies can be applied for once a year.

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