High quality of smaller projects funded through Culture and Art Programme

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“When the expert group of the Culture and Art Programme made its funding decisions for this year’s first round of applications, it was noted how smaller applications absolutely excelled in terms of quality. This is evident in the distribution of allocated funds,” says chair Gunnar Karel Másson

Several smaller and a few larger projects are included in the list of 37 projects granted funding. A total of 229 applications were submitted, resulting in an approval rate of 16 percent. In terms of the amount of funding applied for, the approval rate was 15 percent, with almost EUR 1.2 million granted out of the EUR 7.9 applied for.

Art reflects society

Gunnar Karel Másson sees some clear trends in the Nordic art and culture scene.

“In addition to climate issues and sustainability in general, queer topics, sexual identity, inclusion, and the creation of safe spaces are recurring themes. However, topics like these mustn’t seem forced or artificial. A project may carry a socially relevant theme, but it must also have a strong artistic integrity and quality,” he says.

He adds that the applications also reflect the need for art on its own terms.

“We’re continuing to see project applications that are simply about making art, or projects that aim to initiate research,” Gunnar notes.

Two rounds of applications per year

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications, individual responses to applicants cannot be provided. However, you’re welcome to contact Nordic Culture Point’s funding advisor when preparing your application. For more information on the programme criteria, go to the page on the Culture and Art Programme.

The Culture and Art Programme has two application rounds per year. The next round opens on 12 August 2024, with an application deadline of 12 September 2024 at 15:59 Finnish time.