Residency programmes

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre offers two artist residency programmes: the Artist-in-Residence (KK AiR) and the Artist-in-Community (KK AiC) programmes.

  • Artist-in-Residence programme (KK AiR)

    KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Residence (KK AiR) offers artists time and space to focus on their artistic practice and research in a close-to-nature facility. Although the artists’ own work and projects are at the core of the programme, we hope that the KK AiR artists will share their expertise and experience through an event that is produced in collaboration with the KulttuuriKauppila team (a maximum of one event/month). Occasionally the KK AiR artists are also offered the possibility of hosting events such as a masterclass for local artists, or workshops at the local high school.

    Artists on the KK AiR programme are selected for the KulttuuriKauppila residence through an annual international selection process. A personal visiting programme is tailored for every artist for the duration of his or her residency. Note that the KK AiR programme is also suitable for artist groups!

  • Artist-in-Community -programme (KK AiC)

    The  KK AiC programme hosts socially engaged art projects that give artists an opportunity to engage with the community and build co-operation with relevant local actors. KK AiC for example brings artists to work with groups such as the disabled or people who have experienced mental health difficulties. This close collaboration enables versatile utilisation of the artists’ skills from the perspectives of meaningful everyday life, wellbeing and communality.  

    A permanent operation model (KK AiC) rooted in the municipality of Ii will be developed in the Lähde! project in 2017–2020 along with agile pop-up residence activities being tested in Pudasjärvi and Utajärvi.