Mentorship is part of The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture strengthens artistic and cultural co-operation in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The focus of the programme is on increasing the exchange of knowledge, contacts, presence, and interest in Nordic and Baltic art and culture. The Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme consists of three forms of funding: Mobility funding (including Mentorship), network funding, and funding for artist residencies.
MENTOR | Visual and scenic arts, art in public spaces
Christian Bermudez is an artist and educator. He currently works at the Norwegian Theatre Academy at Østfold University College. As an artist, he is concerned with creating engaging, transformative experiences. His expertise includes the visual and scenic arts with a special emphasis on working outside the black and white boxes.
He worked to create and establish Biblo Tøyen, an innovative library for children and young people that currently operates as a learning lab. Together with professionals and artists from a broad range of fields, he has managed many projects aimed at social change, arts, and literature
He studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Norwegian Film School.
Primary artistic fields: Visual and scenic arts, art in public spaces
Currently residing: Fredrikstad, Norway
MENTOR | Visual arts, architecture and design
Trained architect, curator, and museum director at Listasafn ASÍ Art Museum and founder of ArtsIceland and Gallerí Úthverfa / Outvert Art Space. Founder of the kol&salt ehf. design office in Ísafjörður. Former director of nkd – Nordic Artist´s Senter in Dale, a Norwegian art institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers – www.nkdale.no and founding director of Fogo Island Arts in Canada – www.fogoislandarts.ca. On the design team for the Fogo Island Inn and leading several other projects for the Shorefast Foundation in Newfoundland Canada – www.shorefast.org. She travels all over Iceland for art projects and exhibitions and splits her time between Reykjavík and Ísafjörður where she lives.
Primary artistic fields: Visual arts, architecture and design
Currently residing: Ísafjörður, Iceland
MENTOR | Music, Media, Visual arts, Crafts
Gleb Divov is an inventor, multidisciplinary immersive artist and composer, OG CryptoArtist, curator, creative technologist, NFT and creative AI pioneer, innovating culture with his disruptive fusion of technologies with music, art, psychology, and other areas. His works has been presented at many international events, including the Vancouver Biennale, the Tallinn Triennial of Applied Arts and Tallinn Photo Week, the Digital Art Festival Manchester, and the ArtVilnius art fair.
His selected works are in the permanent collection of the Museum Francisco Carolinum in Linz, Austria and the Museum of Teletext Art, Finland. Gleb is a speaker at international events such as SCREENxSCREEN, Login, ETHDenver, Vancouver Biennale Art & Technology, Indie Week, VRAF, MVMF, and Creative AIxMusic. His Excellency Mr. Gleb Divov is the Minister of Culture and Innovations of the independent Republic of Užupis, Lithuania, and the Artistic Creator of the Republic of Lithuania.
Primary artistic fields: Music, Media, Visual arts, Crafts
Currently residing: Republic of Užupis, Vilnius / Lithuania
MENTOR | Literature
Inga Žolude is the author of ten books: novels, collections of short stories, and a book for children. Her book “Solace for Adam’s Tree” was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature. Her short story was included in the anthology Best European Fiction 2014. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, and has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She has taught literary theory and creative writing at an academic level, as well as numerous workshops. In 2022 she will give a series of creative writing classes Write Your Book in 12 Months, both online and face-to-face. She has played a key role in major literary organisations and literary projects in Latvia and the Baltic region, and beyond. Recently she has been the main curator of the international literary festival Prose Readings in Riga, Latvia.
Her interests in literature, its themes, and the process of creation are vast – from biographies to experimental texts and text performance. Recently, she has also ventured into scriptwriting.
Primary artistic fields: Literature
Currently residing: Riga, Latvia
MENTOR | Dance
Independent choreographer, educator, performer, writer, and provocateur.
Aloni’s choreographic practice is vigorous and contextualised within contemporary theories and social-political movement. Their work has been presented around the world and their artistic voice transcends borders and conventions.
Currently, Aloni is the Artistic Director of ilDance, an independent contemporary dance company and organisation based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their other roles include: architect and international project manager of the International Contemporary Dance Collective (iCoDaCo), which was co-founded by Creative Europe; Artistic Director of COMPASS – a national infrastructure for supporting and presenting contemporary dance by emerging artists across Sweden. In addition, in 2018 Aloni initiated and directed Tr.IPP which was a unique pathway for emerging artists in Melbourne, Australia.
Aloni is an advisor for BIRCA – Residency Centre for Artists on Bornholm, Denmark and Tasdance in Tasmania, Australia.
Primary artistic fields: Dance
Currently residing: Gothenburg, Sweden
MENTOR | Film and media
JENNI KOSKI, Master of Arts (University of Joensuu) and Master of Creative Media (RMIT University), has been working as a freelance filmmaker, producer, and project manager in the arts and cultural sectors for more than a decade. Before joining the European Women’s Audiovisual Network as its Executive Director in 2021, Jenni Koski worked with gender equality in several European, Nordic, and Finnish projects and positions of trust for more than seven years, building stronger frameworks for women to excel in their creative careers. Currently with her team, Jenni is building programmes and strategies for a sustainable gender-equal and diverse audiovisual industry in Europe and in particular in the EWA Network.
Primary artistic fields: Film and media
Currently residing: Helsinki, Finland
Jesper de Neergard
Jesper de Neergaard is a prehistoric archaeologist and trained stage director. He has worked for 22 years as an artistic director for dance institutions presenting, producing, and residing contemporary dance. He is the artistic director of Bora Bora in Aarhus until August 2022. He has been a member of IETM for 20 years and of Aerowaves and European Dance House Network for eight years. He has multiple worldwide partnerships and collaborations with companies, which add global connections and knowledge of strategies to his broad network and practices. Bora Bora has thrived on project creation and projects from the outset in 2011. Among these projects, the Bora Bora Residency Centre has become the largest residency option for national and international performance artists in Denmark.
Primary artistic fields: Dance
Currently residing: Aarhus, Denmark
Katrine Ganer Skaug
MENTOR | Classical Music, Artistic Leadership
Katrine Ganer Skaug: Norwegian orchestra- and ensemble director based in Copenhagen, presently Artistic Manager of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Concert Hall. She has more than 20 years of experience with development and management of artistic activities in the Nordic countries – both within the contemporary experimental music scene as well as the established publicity supported institutions. Former positions are Deputy Managing Director of Copenhagen Phil, Artistic Manager in Esbjerg Ensemble – besides leading positions in several Nordic festivals for contemporary music. She is appointed to the Board of Directors since 2014 in the distinguished Léonie Sonning Music Foundation, and has a broad experience in organizational work and cultural politics in general. With her education as partly academic (musicology, psychology and philosophy), partly performative (classical pianist and choir conductor), her insight has been relevant as music journalist as well as within leadership. She is passionate about actualizing the art-music in relevant contexts, both through open-minded diverse programming, the development of new concert formats, dialogue-based leadership and by forming relationships across silos.
Primary artistic fields: Classical Music, Artistic Leadership
Currently residing: Copenhagen, Denmark
MENTOR | Visual arts, cultural heritage, design, crafts
Kelli Turmann has managed many different projects in creative fields and worked together with experts, students, entrepreneurs, and representatives in the public sector. Currently developing the Biotoopia (Biotoopia.ee) concept and connecting art, science, and biosphere in order to create new trains of thought and find solutions to preserve and restore biodiversity. Previously worked as head of an innovation and entrepreneurship programme at the Estonian Design Center (edc.ee) and as an entrepreneurship consultant at the Estonian Academy of Arts (artun.ee).
Primary artistic fields: Visual arts, cultural heritage, design, crafts.
Currently residing: Tallinn, Estonia
MENTOR | Visual arts
Virpi Näsänen is currently the ombud of the Finnish Cultural Institute in Estonia. She is also an active and devoted member of the Helsinki-based Forum Box Gallery and Artists’ Co-operative. Virpi’s primary professional focus is on the strategic planning and economic sustainability of arts organisations. She has extensive hands-on leadership experience from small arts businesses, including the import of artists’ materials, art galleries, a printing workshop, and the fourth edition of the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. Virpi regularly teaches at the University of Arts Helsinki, Aalto University, and the Summer University of Helsinki. Like most Finns, Virpi spends a lot of time in the countryside and loves to pick mushrooms in the autumn.
Primary artistic fields: Visual arts
Currently residing: Helsinki/Turku, Finland
The mentorship pilot within the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture in the Nordic Region and Baltic countries was set up in order to develop and share experiences, perspectives, skills, and learning with each other by way of regular meetings. The aim is to promote long-term relationships within cultural mobility.
The focus of the mentoring model is on sharing experiences, perspectives, skills, and learning from each other by way of regular meetings.
The mentoring process is an interactive relationship that benefits both mentee and mentor through mutual learning.
The process includes joint meetings to share experiences and pass on knowledge across geographical borders and artistic disciplines.
The module will benefit local art and culture communities in the region through long-term, sustainable, and committed collaboration.
The program is driven by the unique character of each mentor/mentee pairing, organised through individual meetings. The entire cohort of mentor/mentee pairs meet twice throughout the module/during the programme period, hosted by Nordic Culture Point in Helsinki, Finland. The shared meetings will provide the participants with the opportunity to share ideas across disciplines and build up further support among peers.
A key part of the process is the one-to-one meetings between mentor and mentee. The pair decides on a schedule and meeting routine that suits them. Two of the meetings are held physically in each other’s countries to share sources of inspiration, arrange meetings with other artists, facilitate contact with the arts and culture scene, and establish new contacts in the region. The pair are responsible for arranging the meetings.
During the mentorship period, all mentors and mentees will participate in two joint sessions to network, share experiences and learning, and discuss issues of mutual interest. Nordic Culture Point is responsible for these sessions.
Participants are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the programme, to actively participate in all the meetings, and to contribute to the assigned tasks that are part of the programme.
The mentor and mentee will sign a common agreement before the mentorship period begins. After the end of the period, the mentor and mentee will submit a report.
History and context
Since 2009, the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture has supported professional artists, producers, and other stakeholders in all fields and sectors of art and culture in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The mobility funding within the programme provides individual applicants with access to contacts, skills, and knowledge from different parts of the region.
The mentorship aims to further strengthen these collaborations.
The programme does not expect any kind of specific content in term of the artists’ work.
Who should apply?
Young individual professional artists and cultural workers up to the age of 30 can apply to become a mentee.
Applicants must be resident in the Nordic Region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands) or the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) but do not need to hold Nordic or Baltic citizenship.
A disabled applicant can bring along a personal assistant.
Students are not eligible to apply.
Who are the mentors?
The mentors in the programme are preselected. The mentors are established professional artists and cultural practitioners living in the Nordic Region or the Baltic countries, with many years of experience.
The applicants state the name of the mentor they wish to be matched with in their application. Please note that you cannot apply for a mentor who lives in the same country as yourself.
Who decides the mentors, mentees, and pairs?
The pairs will be decided by the expert group for mobility funding.
What is the timeframe?
The mentorship period is six months, starting in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023. One-to-one meetings between mentor and mentee are to be held during this period. Two of the meetings shall be held physically in each other’s country of residence. In addition to this, there are mandatory joint sessions for all the participants in the programme.
Applications open: 28 February 2022
Application deadline: 28 March 2022
Decision meeting: 20 May 2022 (the mentor matching group will meet to match mentors with mentees)
Programme duration: October 2022 to March 2023 (six months). This is a six-month intensive mentorship pilot with meetings every month.
13 and 14 October 2022: IRL introductory meeting in Helsinki with all ten mentors and ten mentees. (One-day fee as two half-days)
Mentee/mentor visit. Date to be decided between the pair. (One-day fee)
Mentee and mentor ONLINE meeting (one day). Date to be decided between the pair. (One-day fee)
12 January 2023: ONLINE mid-term meeting with all ten mentors and ten mentees. (One-day fee)
Mentee/mentor visit. Date to be decided between the pair. (One-day fee)
27 and 28 March 2023: IRL final meeting in Helsinki with all ten mentors and ten mentees. (One-day fee as two half-days)
Travel and eligible costs
The funding is based on fixed remuneration and covers travel, subsistence, and other expenses directly related to the meetings during the programme period. This fixed remuneration is calculated based on the fixed rates for mobility funding.
In addition, a daily fee of EUR 158 per meeting day applies. One meeting day per month is covered, meaning a total of six workdays for the programme period as whole. The schedule of the workdays/hours is to be decided between the pair.
Each mentor/mentee is to book their own travel and accommodation. How the fixed travel and subsistence allowance is spent is up to the mentor/mentee.
Apply and choose one mentor
You may only apply to be matched with one mentor and you can only submit one application per application round. You cannot apply for a mentor who lives in the same country as yourself.
Please note that the language of the programme is English, and that applications and reports must be submitted in English.
The application deadline is 15:59, Finnish time.