In the August round of applications, artists can apply for two different types of grants for international work: a sojourn at a residency offered by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, including a working grant, or a mobility grant to cover costs related to a residency or other work abroad organised by the artists themselves. In each application round of the Cultural Foundation, you may apply either for one of the Foundation’s residencies or for the mobility grant, but not for both.

Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

Residency grant applications can be submitted during the August application period via the Cultural Foundation’s online service.

The following residencies are offered by the Finnish Cultural Foundation for 2020:

  • AIT, Tokyo, Japan, 3 months for visual artists
  • Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 3 months for visual artists (individual artists or work pairs)
  • Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 months for visual artists and curators
  • Filba, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3 months for writers
  • Institute for Provocation, Beijing, China, 3 months for artists
  • Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Italy, 2−3 weeks for working groups (max. 6 members) in dance, performing arts or theatre
  • SeMa Nanji, Seoul, South Korea, 3 months for visual artists
  • Tokyo Arts and Space Residency, Japan, 3 months for visual artists (individual artists or work pairs)
  • Triangle, New York, United States, 3 months for visual artists

Click on the name of the residency for further details. More information can also be found in feedback from some of the Cultural Foundation’s alumni.

A maximum of four artists’ residencies can be applied for in a single application. The application must place the residencies in order of preference, and the work plan must indicate how the nature of the work would differ in each residency. Applications and all of their appendices must be in English.

Size of the grant

The working grant for the three-month residencies is EUR 7,000. For the Santarcangelo residency, the working grant is EUR 650 per person per week.

If a recipient of a residency place is also receiving a smaller grant from a different source during the residency period, the amount awarded by the Cultural Foundation will be the difference between the Cultural Foundation’s ordinary grant and the other grant.

Raised travel grant

The sum awarded in travel grants depends on the chosen mode of transport. The travel expense grant for flights is EUR 500 for travel within Europe and EUR 1,000 to destinations outside of Europe. Besides direct travel expenses, the grant can be used to cover carbon offset fees.

Those travelling to Asia or Italy may apply for a raised travel grant if they agree to travel by rail and sea. In this case, the grant for Asian travel will be EUR 5,000, which incorporates a one-month working grant. In other words, two weeks of surface travel is calculated in each direction. The raised travel grant for those going to Italy by rail is EUR 1,500 per person, which covers an estimated one week’s worth of working time.  The form of travel must be confirmed at the time of being granted the residency place.

Appendices, statements and how to submit the application

Compulsory appendices to the application are your curriculum vitae (maximum three pages) and your portfolio or photographs of your artistic work. Large images (over 3 MB) and videos cannot be uploaded. We suggest that you provide a link to these files, for example to your website. Links to videos are particularly appreciated in applications to Santarcangelo. Applications and appendices submitted through channels other than the application system will not be processed.

The online reference system of the Finnish Cultural Foundation is not available for use with this application. To include references, please scan and append them.

After submitting your application, please check that the application’s status in the system is marked as “sent”. Submitted applications may be cancelled using the application management function. No other changes can be made.

Grant reporting and commitment

The Finnish Cultural Foundation requires that applicants commit to following the instructions they receive as they apply for the grant, to reporting to the Foundation any external funding received during the processing of the application, and to abiding by the plan submitted in the application. Successful applicants must also agree to the guidelines for grantees, which can be found here.

Feedback on the residency period is collected from all residency recipients, in addition to which the awarded grants must be cleared using the online service of the Cultural Foundation within one year of the grant being deposited. A failure to report will render the applicant ineligible for future grants.

Announcement of decisions

Decisions on residencies will be sent to applicants and published on the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s website during the autumn, as soon as each choice is confirmed by the institution organising the residency. Grantees must accept or reject the offered place within two weeks of receiving the notification. All residency decisions will be published by 5 January on the website.

Contact information

All practical enquiries regarding applications should be directed to apurahainfo(at), tel. +358 9 612 810 (switch).  Additional information on the residency programme is available from Senior Advisor Johanna Ruohonen.

Museonjohtaja Johanna Ruohonen
Senior Advisor, Museum Director, Kirpilä Art Collection