This year’s funding for Nordic and Baltic artist residencies was distributed on 31 March 2020. Nordic Culture Point received a total of 64 applications, of which 14 were granted support in order to strengthen artistic and cultural cooperation in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. The total amount distributed was 388 656 €. As in previous years, the experts stressed in their assessment the importance of diversity of artforms as well as stipends, grants or fees paid to the participating artists.
Two residency centers in Greenland were granted support. Artic Culture Lab Greenland offers artists and curators two-month residencies with the goal of another narrative of the Arctic and Greenland as most of the media provide. Artistic process, experimentation and curiosity in interaction with the local community give artists an unique opportunity to discover Greenland’s cultural and sociopolitical context. Awareness of research methologies related to indigenous peoples and as well as a reciprocal approach is expected from the participants. Nuuk Art Museum received a grant to make it possible for Nordic artists to have longer, deeper and more rewarding stays in Nuuk. The aim for the residency is to establish long lasting connections, between Greenlandic artists and artists from the other Nordic and Baltic countries.
Finnish Comic Society received a grant for their CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme that will offer residency stays in Helsinki for comic artists and professionals. By facilitating artistic exchange for a largely marginalized field of art, the programme enables mobility of Nordic and Baltic comics art and essential networking between the region’s creators.
Funding for artist residencies is a part of the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The programme focuses on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme comprises three forms of funding: mobility, network and funding for artist residencies. Read more about the programme here.