Open Call for KulttuuriKauppila Residency Programmes 2021!

Due to the global situation the call is open throughout the year without specific deadlines. You are welcome to apply from December 10th 2020 onwards. 

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre, located in the municipality of Ii in Northern Finland, offers two residency programmes that allow artists to explore and develop their artistic practice, collaborate with locals and get inspired by the surrounding environment. The residency is located in an idyllic cultural heritage site by the river Iijoki and we are surrounded by an active village community.



Artists as well as curators and researchers of all disciplines are welcome to apply to the KulttuuriKauppila residency programmes. The KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Residence programme (KK AiR)  offers artists a unique environment to focus on their artistic practice and research. The KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Community programme (KK AiC) hosts socially engaged art projects that give the artists an opportunity to work with the surrounding community and co-operate with relevant local actors.

The residency will be tailored for each artist or artist group according to their own project plan. We are happy to facilitate interaction with the local community, but with keeping a keen eye on the current regulations of social interaction. On the application form the applicants may let us know about their interests, such as having an exhibition or hosting a master class. The events can also be arranged online.

The fully furnished residency space includes two private rooms with a shared studio space and a kitchen, making it comfortable for individual artists as well as artist groups. The location is far enough from traffic for peace and quiet, yet near enough to public transportation, so that the cultural events in Oulu may be reached conveniently. We encourage the guests to travel by land whenever possible. The duration of the stay can vary between one and six months.



To be able to welcome foreign artists in 2021, KulttuuriKauppila has adapted a set of safety precautions based on the instructions given by Finnish authorities. These set rules will guide our work in 2021. By submitting an application, you accept to follow the set safety instructions regarding the COVID-19 situation, which will be updated accordingly throughout the year.

When arriving in Ii, we insist upon a self-quarantine period during which you restrain from meeting people. However, during this period (currently 10 days) of peace and quiet in Ii, you are absolutely free to roam the beautiful surroundings of the residency and enjoy the nearby nature. We will take care of shopping for you and deliver the groceries and requested materials to the residency. During this period of solitude you can focus on your work in the studio and prepare for the time of your more sociable stay.


Application form can be found here:

The applications are processed within two months and all applicants will be contacted about the selections.

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