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Artists Mattias Nordéus and Kimmo Schroderus selected for the fourth NordiSKulptur joint exhibition

Artists Kimmo Schroderus and Mattias Nordéus have been selected for the fourth NordiSKulptur joint exhibition. The last exhibition, which is part of the four-year collaborative project between the Association of Finnish Sculptors and Nordic Culture Point. The exhibition will be on display at Galleria Sculptor 25 November – 18 December 2022. This curated exhibition series has been realised in co-operation with rotating Nordic partner countries. Next year it will be the turn of Sweden to step into this role.

Mattias Nordéus (b. 1978) is a visual artist best known for his angled, wooden objects, blurring boundaries between painting and sculpture. Nordéus designs figures in pine wood which are then painted with acrylic and oil. The characters expressions are inspired partly by the obviously polygonal designs found in early video game animation, partly by canonical formats and grips found in Western art history and partly by the limitations and possibilities of painting. Common in Nordéus figure world is the human search for refuge via rapid stimuli such as games and intoxication. References to war games and real combat occur in the form of recurring soldiers in miniature format, sometimes depicted as protectors while at other times they resemble vulnerable children in need of comfort. Nordéus holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy.

 

Kimmo Schroderus (b. 1970) is an accomplished Finnish sculptor. He graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1998. Kimmo Schroderus has had numerous private exhibitions both in Finland and internationally, and he has also conducted many public art works. In 2004 Kimmo was awarded the Ars Fennica Award. In his works Schroderus emphasizes the artisan attitude towards art making, his affection for materials and his interest in insightful spatial solutions between the works and the space. www.kimmoschroderus.com

 

In 2022, SKL and NPC are executing the nordiSKulptur exhibition at Galleria Sculptor in collaboration with Passagen konsthall in Linköping, Sweden. A jury consisting of artist and senior advisor in art Annika Bergvik-Forsander from NPC, artists Heli Ryhänen ja Tiina Raitanen from SKL and art director Lars-Ove Östensson from Passagen will select one Finnish and one Swedish artist for a joint exhibition.

In relation to the NordiSKulptur collaboration, an exhibition presenting Finnish contemporary sculpture will be held at Passagen konsthall in 2023. Members of the Association of Finnish Sculptors are informed about the open call for this exhibition later.

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Unfinished Tales: Nordic Colonialism expressed by youth

Unfinished Tales is a Nordic and cross-Atlantic project investigating the bodily, cultural and emotional presence of Nordic colonialism in collaboration between artists and youth from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), Førøyar (Faroe Islands), Ísland (Iceland), Norge (Norway), Sverige (Sweden)/Sapmi, Finland/Sapmi, Ghana, Ay Ay (St Croix) and Danmark (Denmark). Based on embodiment, choreography, film and performance, the project travels through the vulnerable landscapes of the colonial body, investigating the footsteps of Nordic colonialism.

Unfinished Tales is based on a 3-year strategy. The first part of the project, unfolding 2019–2021, consist of a series of choreographic short films where youth express their thoughts and experiences of Nordic colonialism through dance and words. In the second part, unfolding in 2022–2023, inherited emotions expressed in the short films form base of a participatory performance lecture for 13–18 year olds. In a combined physical and virtual room, the performance lecture gather youth from across the 9 participating countries, opening an immersive, sensurous and tactile space for connectivity, in between the young participants. In the project’s third part, undfolding in 2023/2024, visual and audio material created throughout the project is curated into an exhibition aimed at youth audience. The exhibition tour educational institutions and museums and additionally constitute a strong visual archive for the posterity.

The Unfinished Tales project was granted funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Culture and art programme in 2019 for its strong collaboration between Nordic professionals and young participants.

The project is created in collaboration between: Artistic director, choreographer and dancer Ingrid Tranum Velásquez (DK), playwright Camara Lundestad Joof (NO), filmartist Stina Aletta Aikio (Sapmi/FI), scenographer Annika Nilsson (SE), composer Henriette Groth (DK). – and the choreographers/dancers: Alexander Montgomery Andersen (GL), Justin Francis Kennedy ( Ay Ay / St.Croix), Auri Ahola and Heli Huovinen (Sapmi/FI), Marit Shirin Carolasdottir (Sapmi/SE), Ásrún Magnusdottir (IS), Nii-Tete Yartey (GH), Katya Nielsen (FO), Jon Werede Hope (NO)
– and youth between 13-18 years from Nuuk, Inari, Skellefteå, Oslo, Tórshavn, Reykjavik, Accra, Ay Ay and Copenhagen.

Credits of promotionfilm:
Dance and voices performed by: youth from Nuuk, Inari, Skellefteå, Oslo, Tórshavn, Reykjavik, Accra, Ay Ay and Copenhagen
Choreographic facilitation of youth process: Alexander Montgomery Andersen (GL), Justin Francis Kennedy (Ay Ay / St.Croix), Auri Ahola (Sapmi/FI), Marit Shirin Carolasdottir (Sapmi/SE), Ásrún Magnusdottir (IS), Nii-Tete Yartey (GH), Katya Nielsen (FO), Jon Werede Hope (NO), Ingrid Tranum Velásquez.
Camera: Kevin Francett, Ullanaq Ingemann, Tobias Norrfors, Manuel Brown, Carlo Cupaiolo, Stina Aletta Aikio, Barbara Lervig, David Berg
Edit: Stina Aletta Aikio
Composer: Henriette Groth
Consultant: Ingrid Tranum Velásquez
Youth interviews: Ludvik Hedinsson, Ululinannguaq Olsen

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Vi söker en rådgivare till stödprogramadministrationen

Nordisk kulturkontakt är en officiell nordisk kulturinstitution i Helsingfors med verksamhet i hela Norden. Vi främjar, förstärker och berättar om nordiskt kultursamarbete med visionen att alla ska kunna delta i kultur- och samhällsliv på lika villkor.

Till verksamheten hör administration av fyra nordiska stödprogram. Vi söker nu en utvecklingsinriktad

RÅDGIVARE

för vårt arbete med Nordiska ministerrådets stödprogram som riktar sig till barn och unga. Det är dels VOLT, ett kultur- och språkprogram för unga upp till 25 år, dels Norden 0—30 som riktar sig till unga människor upp till 30 år. Som vår nya medarbetare ska du delta i administrationen och utvecklingen av stödprogrammen, analysera deras effekter samt kommunicera dem.

Arbetet med stödprogrammen innebär
  • att vägleda sökande och bidragsmottagare
  • att ansvara för budgetuppföljningen
  • att bistå med analyser av resultaten och effekter
  • att kommunicera om stödprogrammen
  • att koordinera möten med stödprogrammens sakkunniga
  • att tillsammans med kollegerna utveckla, planera och genomföra teamets arbete.

Nära samarbete med Nordiska ministerrådets avdelning för kultur och resurser liksom Nordiska barn- och ungdomskommittén, NORDBUK, ingår också. Resor i Norden kan förekomma.

Vi vill att du har
  • relevant yrkeserfarenhet inom kulturadministration
  • stor erfarenhet av och metoder för att arbeta med målgruppen barn och unga
  • god förmåga att kommunicera via sociala medier
  • akademisk utbildning inom kulturområdet och/eller motsvarande kunskaper
  • god förmåga att tala och skriva ett av de skandinaviska språken samt engelska
  • god förmåga att arbeta systematiskt, både självständigt och i team, samt god kommunikationsförmåga
  • ett intresse för kulturpolitik och för strategiskt utvecklingsarbete inom konst och kultur
  • vilja att arbeta mot underrepresenterade grupper.
Vi erbjuder dig
  • ett intressant och omväxlande arbete i en nordisk institution. Medarbetare som rekryteras från ett annat nordiskt land får flytten betald, ett etableringsstöd samt utlandstillägg, även för medföljande partner, enligt Nordiska ministerrådets regler.
  • ett arbetskontrakt på 4 år med möjlighet till förlängning ytterligare 4 år. Nordisk kulturkontakt har två kontor i Helsingfors, ett på Sveaborg och ett i centrum. Din arbetsplats blir på Sveaborg.
Ansökan

Din ansökan med bifogat cv och löneanspråk vill vi ha senast den 30.9.2021. Skriv din ansökan på danska, norska eller svenska i Nordiska ministerrådets rekryteringsportal.

Tillträde

Enligt överenskommelse.

För mer information

Frågor gällande arbetets innehåll besvaras av seniorrådgivare Anna Skogster, tfn +358 10 583 1022, anna.skogster(at)nordiskkulturkontakt.org. Frågor gällande villkor och arbetsförhållanden besvaras av direktör Ola Kellgren, tfn +358 50 30 28150, ola.kellgren(at)nordiskkulturkontakt.org.

 

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Lotta Westerlund, new library clerk

In August, Lotta Westerlund joined Nordic Culture Point as a library clerk.

She is a recent literature studies graduate from the University of Helsinki and will help to look after the library and its customers, while helping her colleagues to further develop the institution.

Lotta is no stranger to Nordic Culture Point having already worked here as a library assistant during her studies. In her free time, just like at work, she is involved in her true passion – culture – involved in a choir, dance, and literature. She is now eager to learn more about Nordic cultural co-operation and is looking forward to meeting you at the library!

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Open call: Inspire a bookworm!

Den nordiska bokslukaren (The Nordic bookworm) is a three-year project to promote reading through the production of educational supporting materials for Nordic picture books. We’re now putting out an open call aimed at illustrators working in the Nordic Region with the task of creating a symbol for The Nordic bookworm in the form of a character.

What’s at stake?

First prize is EUR 4,000, second prize is EUR 2,000, and third prize will be awarded to four finalists who will each win EUR 1,000. The winners and finalists will be showcased at a joint exhibition.

Who can submit an entry?

You can participate if you:

  • work as an illustrator and/or graphic designer or have a study place in illustration or the visual arts. Nordic Culture Point wants especially to encourage young talent and newcomers to submit entries;
  • live and work in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, or Åland; and
  • are not in a close relationship with a jury member, either professionally or privately.

What is the assignment and where will the figure be used?

The assignment consists of creating an imaginative bookworm figure that can be seen from the front, from behind, from the side, standing, lying, and with their associated paw print or footprint. We also want you to place your bookworm figure in a visual environment, with a short text presenting your figure and their essence. The target group that the bookworm figure should appeal to is children aged 0 to 12.

The winning figure will illustrate and market the range of Nordic children’s literature at the Nordic cultural centres and institutes, physically and online. The figure will also be able to be used by other libraries and stakeholders who want to put Nordic children’s literature under the spotlight.

The figure will serve as a symbol for The Nordic bookworm project for the period 2021 to 2023, as well as for possible follow-on projects.

The winners’ and finalists’ entries will form the basis for an exhibition with associated creative workshops for children at Nordic Culture Point during the winter and spring of 2022.

Format requirements

Your entry must be submitted digitally as a print-friendly PDF consisting of a single document of a total of three pages in A3 format. The pages must be able to be printed as three separate A3 pages. The file size of the entry must not exceed 10 MB.

  • Page 1: The bookworm figure in three or four different positions, e.g. from the front, from behind, from the side, from above, lying, or standing.
  • Page 2: A picture of the bookworm figure where you have placed them in a specific environment, i.e. in a visual environment typical for your bookworm figure.
  • Page 3: A short description (max. 1,500 characters) of your bookworm figure – who are they and what characterises them? – as well as a visualisation of the figure’s paw print.

How will entries be judged?

A professional Nordic jury will assess all entries submitted within the deadline. In the final stage, the jury will receive the support of a group of children under the age of 12 who are the primary target group of the bookworm figure.

The professional jury will assess the entries based on their creative expression, usability, and versatility. The jury consists of illustrator and designer Sanna Mander (SE/FI), illustrator and children’s author Ragnar Aalbu (NO), director of the Nordic House in Reykjavik Sabina Westerholm (FI/IS), and members of the project’s steering group.

Rights and remuneration

The illustrator undertakes not to further develop or sell their bookworm figure for other purposes during the open call and judging process.

The winners and finalists will submit their material to Nordic Culture Point for the production of an exhibition and associated marketing. The illustrators will be showcased next to their bookworm figures in the exhibition. An exhibition fee will be paid separately.

The winner of the competition will transfer all rights to their bookworm figure to Nordic Culture Point. Any further processing of the proposal (animation, 3D adaptation, etc.) will be discussed with the winner.

Nordic Culture Point reserves the right to duplicate and share the exhibition with its partners in the Nordic and Baltic regions for six months after the end of the competition. Once the exhibitions have ended, the rights to all the entries except for the winning entry will be returned to the illustrators. Any further exhibitions will be negotiated separately.

The rights to entries that do not reach the final will be returned to the illustrators at the end of the judging process and the entries submitted will be deleted.

Competition period and submission deadline

The competition period is 1 September to 31 October 2021. Submit your entry as a PDF attachment to opencall@nordiskkulturkontakt.org by 23:59 (Finnish time) on 31 October 2021. Although the PDF may not contain information about you as an entrant, in your e-mail you should state the following personal details: name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and professional title or place of study if you are a student.

If you need to prove your vocation as an illustrator, you can attach a short summary of your previous assignments or refer to a digital portfolio.

All entries received on time that meet the formal requirements of the competition will be assessed by the jury.

Anonymity

Your entry will be treated anonymously. All entries are received by the competition secretary who will anonymise them before they are sent to the jury.

Publication and payment

All participants will be informed of the winners, and the finalists will be published in November 2021. The prizes will be paid no later than December.

Nordic Culture Point and The Nordic bookworm project adheres to the competition rules approved by Nordisk Visuell Kommunikation.

Contact and more information

Any questions? E-mail opencall@nordiskkulturkontakt.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Read more about The Nordic Bookworm project here.

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Open call: Inspire a bookworm!

Den nordiska bokslukaren (The Nordic bookworm) is a three-year project to promote reading through the production of educational supporting materials for Nordic picture books. We’re now putting out an open call aimed at illustrators working in the Nordic Region with the task of creating a symbol for The Nordic bookworm in the form of a character.

What’s at stake?

First prize is EUR 4,000, second prize is EUR 2,000, and third prize will be awarded to four finalists who will each win EUR 1,000. The winners and finalists will be showcased at a joint exhibition.

Who can submit an entry?

You can participate if you:

  • work as an illustrator and/or graphic designer or have a study place in illustration or the visual arts. Nordic Culture Point wants especially to encourage young talent and newcomers to submit entries;
  • live and work in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, or Åland; and
  • are not in a close relationship with a jury member, either professionally or privately.

What is the assignment and where will the figure be used?

The assignment consists of creating an imaginative bookworm figure that can be seen from the front, from behind, from the side, standing, lying, and with their associated paw print or footprint. We also want you to place your bookworm figure in a visual environment, with a short text presenting your figure and their essence. The target group that the bookworm figure should appeal to is children aged 0 to 12.

The winning figure will illustrate and market the range of Nordic children’s literature at the Nordic cultural centres and institutes, physically and online. The figure will also be able to be used by other libraries and stakeholders who want to put Nordic children’s literature under the spotlight.

The figure will serve as a symbol for The Nordic bookworm project for the period 2021 to 2023, as well as for possible follow-on projects.

The winners’ and finalists’ entries will form the basis for an exhibition with associated creative workshops for children at Nordic Culture Point during the winter and spring of 2022.

Format requirements

Your entry must be submitted digitally as a print-friendly PDF consisting of a single document of a total of three pages in A3 format. The pages must be able to be printed as three separate A3 pages. The file size of the entry must not exceed 10 MB.

  • Page 1: The bookworm figure in three or four different positions, e.g. from the front, from behind, from the side, from above, lying, or standing.
  • Page 2: A picture of the bookworm figure where you have placed them in a specific environment, i.e. in a visual environment typical for your bookworm figure.
  • Page 3: A short description (max. 1,500 characters) of your bookworm figure – who are they and what characterises them? – as well as a visualisation of the figure’s paw print.

How will entries be judged?

A professional Nordic jury will assess all entries submitted within the deadline. In the final stage, the jury will receive the support of a group of children under the age of 12 who are the primary target group of the bookworm figure.

The professional jury will assess the entries based on their creative expression, usability, and versatility. The jury consists of illustrator and designer Sanna Mander (SE/FI), illustrator and children’s author Ragnar Aalbu (NO), director of the Nordic House in Reykjavik Sabina Westerholm (FI/IS), and members of the project’s steering group.

Rights and remuneration

The illustrator undertakes not to further develop or sell their bookworm figure for other purposes during the open call and judging process.

The winners and finalists will submit their material to Nordic Culture Point for the production of an exhibition and associated marketing. The illustrators will be showcased next to their bookworm figures in the exhibition. An exhibition fee will be paid separately.

The winner of the competition will transfer all rights to their bookworm figure to Nordic Culture Point. Any further processing of the proposal (animation, 3D adaptation, etc.) will be discussed with the winner.

Nordic Culture Point reserves the right to duplicate and share the exhibition with its partners in the Nordic and Baltic regions for six months after the end of the competition. Once the exhibitions have ended, the rights to all the entries except for the winning entry will be returned to the illustrators. Any further exhibitions will be negotiated separately.

The rights to entries that do not reach the final will be returned to the illustrators at the end of the judging process and the entries submitted will be deleted.

Competition period and submission deadline

The competition period is 1 September to 31 October 2021. Submit your entry as a PDF attachment to opencall@nordiskkulturkontakt.org by 23:59 (Finnish time) on 31 October 2021. Although the PDF may not contain information about you as an entrant, in your e-mail you should state the following personal details: name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and professional title or place of study if you are a student.

If you need to prove your vocation as an illustrator, you can attach a short summary of your previous assignments or refer to a digital portfolio.

All entries received on time that meet the formal requirements of the competition will be assessed by the jury.

Anonymity

Your entry will be treated anonymously. All entries are received by the competition secretary who will anonymise them before they are sent to the jury.

Publication and payment

All participants will be informed of the winners, and the finalists will be published in November 2021. The prizes will be paid no later than December.

Nordic Culture Point and The Nordic bookworm project adheres to the competition rules approved by Nordisk Visuell Kommunikation.

Contact and more information

Any questions? E-mail opencall@nordiskkulturkontakt.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Read more about The Nordic Bookworm project here.

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New adviser in the grants team

Geir Lindahl, from Norway, starts as new senior advisor in the grants team at Nordic Culture Point. Geir has a background in music and performing arts and has previously worked as a producer, booking agent, project manager and general manager for a record label. In his most recent position as an advisor at Performing Arts Hub Norway in Oslo, he managed small and large industry initiatives and worked on strengthening the producer environment by offering support programs, competence building, facilitation of networking arenas and consulting.

The relocation went to Helsinki in August, and Geir is now an senior advisor especially for the  Mobility funding which is a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program for Culture. The program focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge and contacts between the countries as well as increasing an interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture.

“I’m excited to start working with Mobility Funding as I think regional contacts in the Nordic and Baltic countries are essential also in the post-Covid era. Covid has changed many things within the arts and culture field but it has not changed the need for professionals to meet and get inspired by others. I have previously worked with performing arts and in my opinion, international contacts and networks make up an ecosystem that depends on all stems being healthy. International contacts feed the artists and companies;  international collaborations are essential to keeping the local infrastructures alive back home” says Geir Lindahl.

“We need to remember that we are all part of a greater international community. Sustainable travel and sustainable residencies are the future, we just need to get those electric planes in the air. My slogan: arts need to travel more!”

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Decisions for the second round of Norden 0-30.

The expert group of Norden 0-30 met on the 1st of July to make the decision for the second round of the grant program. Out of 12 applications, for a total applied amount of 231 111€, the experts decided to grant 5 applications for a total of 112 801€.

Despite the current circumstances, there is a great deal of interest in making Nordic projects.

The project Nordljud is among the granted applications. It’s an initiative that consists of student radios across the Nordic countries. It’s purpose it to give young and upcoming artists a context where they can spread their works. The project is lead by Studentradion i Sweden, Studentradioene in Norway and Limu Radio in Finland.

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