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 is surrounded by an active village community.
Artists as well as curators and researchers from all disciplines are welcome to apply to the KulttuuriKauppila residency programmes. The KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Residence (KK AiR) programme 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 artists an opportunity to work with the surrounding community and build co-operation with relevant local actors.
The residency will be tailored for each artist or artist group according to the artists’ own project plan. The duration of the stay can vary between one and six months. We are happy to facilitate interaction with the local community.
The fully furnished residency space includes two private rooms with a shared studio space and 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 transportation that cultural events in Oulu can be reached conveniently.
Art Centre KulttuuriKauppila works to improve the position of visual artists in northern Finland and create international connections in the field of art. KulttuuriKauppila runs an international artist residency and a social art residency program, produces the Art Ii Biennial and Valto Pernu Photo Marathon and provides studios for local artists. The centre aims to improve artists’ skills, belongs to international art networks and produces an international art-education programme for schools of Ii. KulttuuriKauppila participates in cultural policy on a practical level and believes that creativity is a key to wellbeing on both the individual and collective levels.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Part of a Governmental Institution
- Months: 1 – 3
- Months: 3 – 6
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Shared studio / workplace
- Ceramics facilities
- Woodworking tools
- Small hand and power tools available
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Welding tools