KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre


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.

Residency Programme since: 2006
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 2006
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Finnish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
  • Computer
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Digital application
Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Supplies
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
Nearest Airport: Oulunsalo
Nearest Train Station: Oulu
How to reach by plane: An international airport is located in Oulu, about 45 minutes from Ii. From Helsinki to Oulu it takes ca. 50 minutes by plane.
How to reach by train: There is a railway station in Oulu, about 30 minutes from Ii.
How to reach by car: The main highway of Finland goes through Ii. The bus connections from Oulu to Ii go every hour.
Street & Number: Kauppilantie 15
Postal Code: 91100
City: Ii
Country long: Finland
Kauppilantie 15
Ii 91100 FIN
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