Call for KulttuuriKauppila residency programmes is open!

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre provides two residency programs in Northern Finland for artist, curators and art researchers! Whether you want peace and quiet or social interaction - apply by 5.5.18!


The KK AiR – Artist-in-Residence offers artists time and space for artists to focus on their artistic research and production. The KK AiR programme is tailored for each guest artist individually. The artists are given opportunities to take part in the activities of the local art field by teaching on courses, organizing workshops and producing artworks to exhibitions. The artists are given a chance to showcase their work by organizing an open studio event and an exhibition in the end of their residency period. The in-residence period varies from one month to four months. The residency is located at the KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre in Ii, where the artist has a fully furnished living space and with and adjescent studio space. Please note that the residence is suitable for one artist as well as for a couple The rent is 400 € /month, or 550 € /month for artist couples. The rent includes the 100 € booking fee, that will not be compensated if you cancel your visit.

The KK AiC – Artist in Community builds co-operation between Oulunkaari health and social services and art professionals. The programme hires artists to work with groups and communities through residency periods. This in-depth familiarisation enables versatile utilisation of the artists’ skills from the perspectives of meaningful everyday life, wellbeing and communality. The residence artists will work with a specific social and health unit or units, mainly mental health rehabilitators, disabeled and immigrants, during the approximately two-month-long residence period that includes getting acquainted with the operation, artistic work and introducing art activities to social and health personnel. It is also important to expand the residence activities outside of the social and health unit to affect the community in a larger sense. The pre-seected artist will be offered a tailored proposal with more detailed information about the residency period, accommodation and location, that can be either in Ii or other municipalities of the Oulunkaari region. The residency artists will be hired as community artists to the EU-funded Lähde! -project for 2350€ / month and offered accommodation during the residency period.

You may apply to one or both programmes with the same form located at The call ends 5.5.2018 at 23.59.

Fill out the application form and attach your CV and portfolio in PFD -formats
The call is mainly for 2019. You may also indicate if you are available for the KK AiC program during Fall 2018. For the residency period please select all possible months when you are able to attend the residency. At the next question you may let us know the preferred length and the most suitable time of year for your visit.
The artist’s programme for the period of the residency is always designed on an individual basis and we therefore you are also requested to add the preliminary project plan or plans for your stay. If you are applying for both programs please state if your plan is for the KK AiR and KK AiC.
At the form you can also let us know your other interests such as hosting a master class or exhibition. Please note that the final plan will be discussed with the selected artists. We recommend that the artist has only one main focus, such as exhibition or even, per month.
Do remember to send the application: The send -button will appear when all mandatory fields are filled.

The KulttuuriKauppila jury makes the selection of the KK AiR guest artists. The KK AiC artist are selected by the KulttuuriKauppila and Lähde! -project jury. The selected applicants will be informed personally.


Irina Vorona.19.10.2017. KulttuuriKauppila. Ii. Taustalla Pavlo Baltaziuk.
Sam Irwin. 5.2.2017. Kulttuurikauppila. Ii.

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