AiR Oulu

Oulu-AiR is an international artist residency program coordinated by Kulttuuriyhdistys Kulttuuribingo Ry in Oulu. The purpose of Oulu-AiR’s activities is to promote the visits and networking of international artists in Oulu and to enrich Oulu’s cultural life by producing new contemporary art content. 
The residency is visited by both guest artists from cooperating organizations and artists selected through an open call from various fields of art. During autumn 2022, Oulu-AiR also offers working opportunities for Ukrainian artists as part of the Ecoc2026 Rauhankoneproject. During the residency period, the artists implement an artistic project for the public, such as an exhibition or an open studio event. Artists selected through an open call will be paid an artist fee. The residence apartment and office are located in the center of Oulu. 
The project is financed by the Art Promotion Center and the Ecoc2026 Rauhankoneproject. The partners of the residency program are Kulttuuriosuuskunta Ilme, Pohjoinen Valokuvakeskus and Flow Productions. 
Kulttuuriyhdistys Kulttuuribingo ry is a community of artists and musicians founded in 2012. The aim of the association is to maintain artists’ workspaces and to provide performance spaces for more marginal art and new art fusions. Kulttuuribingo maintains a studio space in Vintti Oulu’s Pikisaari. Kulttuuribingo organizes multi-artistic pop-up events and maintains the Ränni gallery located in Asematunneli in cooperation with the Oulu Art Museum. 

Previous Artists-in-Residence

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JoJo, Oulu Dance Centre

JoJo – Oulu Dance Center is a professional dance production center operating in the northern Finland’s vibrant dance art field, offering international, multidisciplinary dance art programme, with a focus on contemporary dance. The program also includes the OuDance Festival in the autumn. For dance art professionals, JoJo is a platform for co-productions and visiting performances and offers international residency exchange programs. In addition, JoJo offers open workshops for everyone. JoJo is one of the four member organizations of the Northern Dance Regional Center and is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Oulu.

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Oulu Comics Center/Oulu Writers Association

Oulu Comics Center Oulu Comics Center aims to organize a comics residency in the Oulu Region (Finland) together with Liminka School of Arts and in the Reykjavik (Iceland) every year. In co-operation with Oulu Writers Association, writers and cartoonista from northern Finland can apply for two residencies at the SÍM-residency in Reykjavik, Iceland for October 2022. The selected artists are compensated for daily expenses and travel costs are covered up to 500 euros. No rents charged. One residency spot reserved for writers and one for cartoonists, respectively.  Open calls and application information at Oulu Comics Center homepage. Oulu Writers Association Oulu Writers Association was founded in 2010, based in Oulu, Finland. All its members are professional writers. Association maintains Oulu House of Literature, organizes events around the year and publish Stiiknafuulia online magazine. Associaton maintains Black Hole Network which is an international literature network focused on translating and foreign rights. Association organizes also international literature festival Uusi kirjallisuusfestivaali (New Literature Festival Oulu) in September. This is the seventh year. Festival is open-minded for different kind of books: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics and children’s books. Oulu Writers Association admits Botnia Literature Prize sixth time in 2022. Nominees will be announced at New literature festival. Prize is 15 000 euros.

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Sweden-Finnish Cultural Embassy/2nd Generation Cultural Embassy

The SWEDEN-FINNISH CULTURAL EMBASSY  was founded in 2019 for providing residency visits and promoting cultural and personal connections for people with a Sweden-Finnish background (ie roots/heritage from Finland, raised/living in Sweden). As the city of Oulu is going to be the cultural capital of Europe in 2026, the spectre and scope of the activities will expand. The 2nd Generation Cultural Embassy (2ndG C.E.) will provide residencies and collect experiences from second-generation individuals from all across Europe. DURATION:  1 week – 2 weeks. SPECIFIC ART FIELDS and POSSIBILITIES: All individuals within cultural and art fields with a Sweden-Finnish connection can apply COSTS No residential or work room rent.

EXPECTATIONS TOWARDS THE ARTIST: Travel and living expenses during the residency. Travel and health insurance. Participating in one public event, such as an artist talk, concert, exhibition etc.

Continuous application: ambassaden.fi
Homepage: ambassaden.fi

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Warjakka Artist Residency

Each year in July/August, TaikaBox runs a two-week Warjakka Artist Residency. Three artists – one from Finland and two from overseas, from different art backgrounds are selected to take part. The residency is organised in a small village called Varjakka in Oulunsalo in the bay of Kempele. It is located 18km SouthWest of Oulu. The aim of the residency is to develop process-led interdisciplinary collaboration between the artists through site-specific work. The residency benefits from the rich local cultural heritage, the empty buildings of the old Warjakka sawmill on Varjakka island and the natural beauty of the area. The residency is part of a larger cultural development taking place in the area, which also includes Warjakka Virtual Gallery housed by Warjakka Gardens alongside the road to Varjakka harbour. Artists in the residency have the possibility of utilising the virtual gallery in their work or have potential to work remotely and show their work in the virtual gallery. The aim of the residency is also to create dialogue between the local community and the visiting artists. Artists are required to contribute to the vibrancy of the cultural activity in the area by providing the public with ways in to their creative process. This could include meet-the-artist events, workshops or other ways of connecting with the community. Artists are selected for the residency through an open call in Spring. TaikaBox pays the artists' fees, accommodation, travel and per diems. Artists are housed as part of the local community and therefore accommodation can vary each year depending on the availability of the accommodation and the artists' needs. Warjakka.com

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