Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures Residency for Uniarts Helsinki alumni

SSW is 40! (2019). Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

Applications are now closed, the 2024 residency artist will be Jere Vainio.

We are excited to announce that the call for applications from recent graduates of Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of the Fine Arts to the Ecologies in the Making: Sculpting Futures programme is live! This four-month residency is offered jointly by Cove Park and Scottish Sculpture Workshop and is part of the Academy’s Incubators in Fine Arts project, supported by Saastamoinen Foundation.

Following the success of the 2023 residency awarded to Santtu Laine and in 2022 to Iisa Lepistö, we look forward to welcoming a second graduate to Scotland in March next year.

The programme invites applications from those who are already exploring ecologies of making and from those who wish to (re)focus or build relationships with the more-than-human in our warming world. The aim is to support artists to research and develop ecological methods and contexts for their artistic practice.

MFA or DFA alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts who work with sculptural methods or material processes can apply for the programme. Applications are welcome from graduates at any stage in their career. The residency is divided into two separate yet interconnected periods to allow for two distinct areas of development; the first two-month residency will take place at Cove Park in Argyll and Bute, and the second two-month residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire.

Support available

Alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree from the current Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki or an equivalent degree from its predecessor institutions can apply for the residency.

Funding from the Saastamoinen Foundation covers the artist’s fee, travel, materials and residency cost in both organisations for a total of four months. An additional access budget is offered to support artists with access support needs or caregiving responsibilities to participate in the residency.

Further information

For further information about the organisations and the residency programme, please contact:

Cove Park
Alexia Holt, Senior Director of Programmes

Scottish Sculpture Workshop sam@ssw.org.uk

For further information about the open call, application process and the grant, please contact:

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts & Saastamoinen Foundation
Sade Kahra, Project Manager

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