Contemporary Artist Residencies – Reclaiming Time and Space

Welcome to the book launch of Contemporary Artist Residencies – Reclaiming Time and Space on Monday March 4th, 2019 at the Exhibition Laboratory gallery (Merimiehenkatu 36, Helsinki) at 17:30.


Artist residencies provide space, time, and concentration for making art, doing research and for reflection. Residencies are crucial nodes in international circulation and career development, but also invaluable infrastructures for critical thinking and artistic experimentation, cross-cultural collaboration, interdisciplinary knowledge production, and site-specific research. The globalization process and the demands of the creative economy have had an impact on artist residencies. Ecological and geopolitical urgencies are now affecting them more and more. In response, many residencies today actively search for more sustainable alternatives than the current neoliberal condition allows for artistic practices. With a range of critical insights from artists, theorists and residency facilitators, this book asks what the present role of the residency is in relation to artists and the art ecosystem.

With contributions by Livia Alexander, Nathalie Anglès, Helmut Batista, Taru Elfving, Pascal Gielen, Francisco Guevara, Maria Hirvi-Ijäs, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Patricia Jozef, Irmeli Kokko, Donna Lynas, Antti Majava, Vytautas Michelkevičius, Nina Möntmann, Marita Muukkonen, Jenni Nurmenniemi, Bojana Panevska, Alan Quireyns, Florian Schneider and Ivor Stodolsky.


With the support of: The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Kone Foundation, Saastamoisen säätiö.


Contemporary Artist Residencies – Reclaiming Time and Space

Editors: Taru Elfving, Irmeli Kokko, Pascal Gielen

Antennae-Arts in Society Series n°27. Valiz, Amsterdam. 2019.

ISBN 978-94-92095-46-6

Price: 22,50 €


The publication can be bought in the Unigrafia web shop 

Open access version

New residency programs will be launched by the Finnish cultural and academic institutes

In year 2019, residency programs will be in a focus of many activities run by the Finnish cultural and academic institutes. For instance the institutes in France, Estonia, Denmark, Germany and Japan will initiate new residency programs.

The Finnish Institute in Estonia will start a new residency program for Finnish performing artists in the new Vaba Lava centre located in Narva close to the Russian border. The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark will start three residency programs for visual arts and one residency program for dance.

The institutes will provide more information on these residencies and call for applications on their website later this year.

Also the Finnish Institute in Germany has promoted the start of a new cooperation / exchange programme between  Künstlerhaus Lukas and ArsHäme.

Further information (in Finnish) on the aims and effects of the residencies can be found on the website of the association of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes :