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Open call: Saari Residence 2022





The Saari Residence, maintained by Helsinki-based Kone Foundation, is an international residence located in Mynämäki, Southwest Finland. It offers an excellent opportunity for professional artists of all disciplines and nationalities to focus undisturbed on creative work in the scenic surroundings of a rural manor house, as well the chance to interact with other residents.

Ecological sustainability, which includes social and mental sustainability, is an essential aspect of the thinking and the activities of the residence. An ecological approach is not a criterion in the artists’ selection process: the ecological focus is on residence activities.

The Saari Residence has been able to be operate despite the coronavirus pandemic. Some residencies have taken place remotely, but if the coronavirus situation allows, the Saari Residence will provide its usual residencies in Mynämäki, Finland in 2022.

The Saari Residence hosts approximately 35–50 residents or workgroups each year. Since the residency opened in 2008, nearly 600 artists from 50 different countries have participated in the program.


A grant. An individual residency spanning two months includes accommodation, a workroom and a monthly grant, the sum of which is determined by the applicant’s experience (€2,500/€3,000/€3,600 per month). The purpose of the grant is to cover the costs of living, travel and other expenses. Groups can apply for grant and support for travel expenses for a work period of two to four weeks.

Support for slow travel. “Slow travel” refers to travel that avoids flying in favour of more ecologically unsustainable means of transportation. You can apply for slow travel support if you are arriving at the Saari Residence from outside of Finland and travelling out of Finland upon departure. If the journey takes more than a week in total, you may also apply for a work grant such travel.

Accommodation. The Saari Residence apartments have a kitchen or kitchenette with basic amenities, and one of the buildings has a shared kitchen. Each resident has an apartment to themselves, including an en suite shower and toilet. Groups stay in more compact accommodations and often share apartments.

Working space. The Barn at the Saari Residence has been renovated as a diverse workspace for various artistic practices. The building contains a dance studio, two studios for visual artists, a sewing machine and a woodworking shop. The rooms for literary work are located in the apartments.
The residence does not have a darkroom, media room or equipment for printing, pottery, graphics or textile work. Artists may also apply for a residency for the planning stage of their work.
Groups working at the residence during summer months may also work in the unheated outbuildings. Residents will not have to share workspaces with others.

A peaceful working environment. The Saari Residence is located in a tranquil rural setting surrounded by nature, situated on the shore of Mynälahti, 30 km north of Turku. The diverse workspaces and peaceful countryside surroundings provide a productive setting for focusing on one’s work. The Saari Residence is not intended for networking within the field of art or for hosting exhibitions or performances. No exhibition or performance is required at the end of the residency period.

The opportunity to meet other artists. The Saari Residence is also a meeting place for artists and researchers. The two-month individual residency periods, which typically host seven artists from different fields and a researcher working under a Kone Foundation grant, provide plenty of opportunities for interaction that crosses the boundaries between both different art forms and the arts and sciences. At the same time, the Saari Residence offers a peaceful and unique setting where residents can focus on their work. The Saari Residence’s Community Artist works at the residence throughout the year.

Mentoring programme. We offer every artist at the Saari Residence two mentoring sessions carried out through a remote connection during their two-month residency. Our mentors are key professionals in their fields of art who live in Finland. They have a career spanning at least a couple decades and are skilled listeners and conversationalists. Each one also has a personal relationship with the Saari Residence. The mentoring sessions will be carried out in connection with the two-month periods of individual residencies – that is, from the beginning of September to the end of April. No mentoring sessions will take place in the summer.


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Video Sound Archive - Season 1 - Open Call





A working archive dedicated to video and sound works that reconsiders the current restructures and parameters. Season 1 will be our experimental inauguration. We are calling for video and sound artworks (up to 10 minutes). 


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Open Call to Station One Artists-in-Residence 2021





Victoria Square Project (VSP) in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University, launches the first call of Station One AIR, a year-long residency program for emerging artists to reimagine Greek identity. The selected artists, four from Greece and four from countries with significant migrant and refugee communities in Victoria Square, will work in teams of four, for three months, under the mentorship of Columbia University faculty, collaborating artists and curators, and VSP’s team to engage in a series of “contextualizations” of Johannes Pfuhl’s sculpture in Victoria Square, Athens.


Station One 2021 Residency for emerging artists focuses on Johannes Pfuhl’s neoclassical sculpture of Hippodamia in Victoria Square. The European and nationalist ideals represented by the sculpture stand in stark contrast to the everyday realities of the neighborhood’s Greek, immigrant, and refugee inhabitants, making it a timely object through which to engage current debates about Greek history and identity. Through the residency four artists from Greece and four artists from countries with communities in the neighborhood will work in teams to engage in a series of visual, auditory, and discursive “contextualizations” of Hippodamia. These artistic interventions will foster collaboration among emerging artists, create a locus for intercultural exchange and community building, and develop a broadly applicable methodology for using contentious monuments and public art to facilitate consideration and conversation across diverse communities about history, identity, and belonging. 


Once an upper-middle-class neighborhood, Victoria Square is now one of the most diverse areas of Athens, home to long-time residents as well as immigrants and refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. In 1937 a neoclassical sculpture by Johaness Pfuhl depicting the centaur Eurytion abducting Hippodamia was installed in the square. Today the scene depicted by the sculpture and the 19th century Bavarian Philhellenism behind its creation stand in stark contrast to the everyday realities of the square’s inhabitants. For many Greeks living in the area, Hippodamia (as the sculpture is known) is a painful reminder of the nation’s failure to become adequately “European” in the eyes of the West. For many immigrants and refugees, the sculpture is yet another sign of the Greek state’s and society’s reluctance to expand their understandings of national identity and to accommodate those who do not easily fit existing images of “Greekness.” Hippodamia confronts those who live around it with contentious narratives of national history and identity in much the same way that statues of historical figures in the U.S., the U.K., and South Africa have recently become charged topics of debate. How might these broader conversations about the politics of public art and commemoration be harnessed to consider Hippodamia in Victoria Square and what it means to be Greek today


Station One AIR is part of “Who is the contemporary Athenian?”, Victoria Square Project’s three-year curatorial program that seeks to identify the elements that define an inclusive Athenian society today beyond labels like “first or second generation immigrant,” “refugee,” “asylum seeker,” “Greek” etc. It draws on VSP’s long presence and activity in one of the capital city’s most diverse neighborhoods, which has been experiencing rapid change for several decades. This curatorial program explores the common ground that emerges when identities come to be viewed as ever-evolving and dynamic and seeks to strengthen community through cross-cultural exchange and artistic production. In investigating emerging local identities and creating new platforms for dialogue in a diverse Athenian neighborhood, this program inevitably poses questions about belonging, crisis, and democracy. These questions seem particularly timely as the country prepares to celebrate the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution and reflects on what it means to be Greek in 2021.


The residency program consists of two cycles. Four artists will be selected to work together for three months (two months on the ground and one month digitally), under the mentorship of artists, curators, academics, and community members. Each cycle will bring together two artists from Athens and two artists from countries with communities in the neighborhood. The artists are expected to work together on a common project and  engage the local community. 


Send us your cv and portfolio (max 10 MB) along with a motivation letter (max 500 words)  and a project proposal to implement during your stay (max 500 words), at stationone@victoriasquareproject.gr until March 5th. The residents will be selected by a multidisciplinary committee to be announced in April. 


All residents will have access to Victoria Square Project’s infrastructure and receive support from its team throughout their project’s realization as well as an honorary fee of 1400 euros. Additionally,  residents not living in Athens will have their travel covered by the program and will be provided with independent housing. Each team will be given a budget of 1000 euros for the implementation of their project.


Each residency cycle will last three months and feature a group of four artists. At the end of each cycle, the artists-in-residence will present their contextualization of the Hippodamia sculpture as an installation in Victoria Square or as an exhibition in the premises of VSP or online as a virtual exhibition. 

Open Call Launch: February 5, 2021

Application deadline: March 5, 2021

Notification: April 16, 2021

First Cycle: end of May -  July 2021

Second Cycle: September - December 2021 

(The exact travel dates will be confirmed soon)



Station One Residency 2021 is implemented in collaboration with Columbia University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative, Counterpoints Arts in the frame of the European Program Across Borders.


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University. SNFPHI supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for the Greek public and collaborates with other Columbia programs that aim to connect the field of Hellenic Studies with a broad public audience. Mark Mazower (Director) and Dimitris Antoniou (Associate Director) are responsible for the Initiative’s overall direction and planning. Since its inception, SNFPHI has emerged as a locus for the exchange of novel ideas across academic disciplines, between non-academic and academic communities, and between Greek and American publics. Through SNFPHI activities, educators, artists, human rights activists, museum curators, and music composers in Greece are collaborating with Columbia faculty and students in a broad array of community-level projects. In addition to supporting public humanities projects in Greece, SNFPHI is organizing a rich program of public events, collaborating with other Columbia programs and initiatives to design syllabi and toolkits for public humanities, and offering grants to Columbia students and recent graduates to promote the diachronic study of Hellenism.


Counterpoints Arts is a leading British organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change. Its mission is to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognized and welcomed within British arts, history and culture. Central to the organization’s mission is the belief that arts can inspire social change and enhance inclusion and cultural integration of refugees and migrants. Counterpoints Arts work across all art forms and collaborate with a range of people and partners, including artists, arts/cultural and educational organizations and civil society activists. VSP has been collaborating with Counterpoints Arts in the context of a three year project titled “Across Borders,” which takes place in Athens (Greece), Berlin (Germany), and Kent (UK). The project consists of a series of arts and pop culture projects that challenge representations of refugees in mainstream media and complicates their depiction in arts and popular culture.


Stavros Niarchos Foundation


Outset Contemporary Art Fund,  Kulturstiftung Allianz


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The Social Art Award 2021 - "New Greening"




Open Call: Social Art Award 2021 - New Greening

The Institute for Art and Innovation invites all artists and creatives to apply with their works to the Social Art Award 2021.

We believe that humanity can solve complex global problems faced today with openness, inclusiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The award recognizes visionary works from artists (co-)creating and shaping sustainable and positive futures.

Applications are welcome that focus on this year’s theme “New Greening” providing hopeful prospects towards climate change, resource saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities etc.

Application deadline: 15 April 2021

Soon we’ll announce a series of workshops and panel discussions for you to meet like-minded people and changemakers from around the world. 

For more details about the Social Art Award please visit our website: www.social-art-award.org

Prize summary: 
Winner receives 1000 Euro prize money

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SEEDS: a virtual, group exhibition from @Black3rdSpace, honouring Ancestry, Lineage, and Posterity





SEEDS is a virtual, group exhibition from @Black3rdSpace, of work honouring the theme of Ancestry, Lineage, and Posterity.

submissions are open now until Wednesday, March 17th for work, of any medium or style, representing our show theme of Ancestry, Lineage, and Posterity -- literally or abstractly.

+ submissions must be emailed to Black3rdSpace@gmail.com as individual .jpeg, .jpg, .png files, or shared with us via Google Drive.
+ any files not already formatted for IG will be reformatted by our curator. 

+ your submission email should include: 
       - your name, pronouns, and IG handle
       - the title, medium, size, and dates of the works you are submitting 
       - an Image Description/Alt Text (for screen readers) for each piece you're submitting

+ Optionally, you may submit an artist statement, photo of yourself, and/or a short bio

by submitting your content, you're agreeing...
+ that the content you submit is your own, or properly attributed

+ to allow BLMN/B3S to post your materials online, with credit 

+ to allow BLMN/B3S to preserve or remove the exhibition or further posts as we see fit


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Open Call for Artist-in-Residence 2021-2022






Application deadline: March 31, 2021 | Notifications: April 30, 2021

KUNSTRAUM is calling for submissions for our 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence Program.

Kunstraum is a community for artists by artists, aiming to redefine the way artists and curators collaborate. Our program seeks to explore the relationships between artists and curators by opening up our gallery space to those interested in exploring unconventional and engaging ideas and taking risks. 

Our Artist-in-Residency program offers 3-month long artist residencies for national and international artists in a quarterly cycle. For 2021, we have two open spots, one from April-June and the other from July-September. In 2022, these 3-month periods are from January-March, April-June, July-September, and October-December with multiple spots available for each term.

All resident artists are invited to pursue their independent projects, interact with our steady community of artists, designers and filmmakers as well as mingle with the incoming artists and curators of our ongoing exhibition program and participate in the Studio Visits and Annual Members Show. To learn more about Kunstraum, please visit our website and Instagram. Each residency includes:

A studio space inside our subdivided lofts with 24/7 access (workspace only no living);

Access to our gallery space (4-5 exhibitions a year) and participation in our Annual Members Show, including professional documentation;

Sales opportunities via an online gallery for the duration of 6 months with your participation in our members show;

A great artist community to meet and interact with;

Monthly studio visits by 1-2 New York curators, gallerists, critics, art advisers (full list on the “About” page of our website);

Bimonthly Zoom-in Studio Visits with our Curator-in-Residence and artist community;

Social media promotion and a feature of your work on our website;

Access to our internal monthly newsletter, which includes news, events, an open call list with exhibition, grant and residency opportunities;

Community events in which all resident artists are invited to attend:

These community events vary and include gallery openings, curator walkthrough, discussions, salons and open studios. They are a great way to meet our steady community of artists, designers and filmmakers as well as mingle with incoming artists and curators of our ongoing exhibition program.

The studio spaces have 24/7 access with 13ft ceilings, a freight elevator, slop sink, secure Wifi, and are used for non-toxic materials only–all painters work on non-toxic basis. Blick Art Supply, hardware stores, post office, print shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and delis are just 1.5 blocks away, and Home Depot is as close as 10 blocks.

No living is included. The resident artist is responsible to find their own living arrangements. Referrals to short-term listings can be provided.


The residency fee is $600 per month for a 3-month term and following starting dates 4/1/2021; 7/1/2021; 1/1/2022; 4/1/2022; 7/1/2022; 10/1/2022

KUNSTRAUM is born out of a necessity to create community and foster collaboration between artists, architects, curators, designers, filmmakers, and writers. The KUNSTRAUM model features excellent studio locations, networking, research opportunities, and discourse for creative production. After successfully inaugurating our first space in New York as of February 2015, we seek to expand to Berlin. Kunstraum’s global identity is designed to offer and promote an international community, mobility, and visibility in the visual arts. Recent press coverage includes Communication Arts, Creator’s Project, Huffington Post, Artnet News, Interview Magazine, Art F City, Artnet News, and Musée Magazine. With "Video Shop," a project at NADA New York, Kunstraum won the 2016 Artfair Goers Award and best booth.

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To Apply:

Please submit all materials through the Google Form here. A selection of candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Please Include the following:

Statement of Motivation with starting date/s - 250 word;

Statement on private or public funding plan - 100 word;

Portfolio with max. 10 pages with 10-20 images;

Optional: 2 links to 1-2 mins video excerpts (specify cue in and out);

CV with max, 10 pages;

Links to website, Instagram, recent exhibition or press;

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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