Helsinki Artist Residency
Impressions of the artist Effrosyni Kontogeorgou from her stay in Helsinki
Effrosyni Kontogeorgou lived and worked in Helsinki from early September to mid-November 2020. During her stay she gave us an interim report:
"During my three-month stay on Suomenlinna, I experience the unfolding of a new landscape on the island every month. My own sensory perception also changes. Without being cut off from Helsinki, the island remains an ideal retreat to concentrate on one's own thoughts and research. On site I am searching for corals. In this curious relic-fortress architecture, surrounded by the sea, which merges with the landscape. A speculative and perhaps impossible search? My work plans change constantly. With my experiments I have taken many directions. The process of collecting, experimenting, getting lost and failing without being forced to achieve perfect results is very valuable."
Effrosyni Kontogeorgou receives the Helsinki Artist Residency 2020
We are pleased to announce that Effrosyni Kontogeorgou has been selected from the applicants* for the second Helsinki Artist Residency. In a two-step process with a pre-selection of three candidates* in Bremen and the final selection in Helsinki, the jury has chosen Kontogeorgou. From the beginning of September to the end of November 2020, she will live and work in Helsinki as part of the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).
The Helsinki Artist Residency will take place for the second time this year. The fellowship is financed and supported by the Senator for Culture Bremen.
The fellowship is intended to give Bremen artists* a platform for free experimentation and networking. In addition to financial support, the residency program promotes exchange and new approaches to the production of artistic works. The international partner institution HIAP provides time and space for open research and experimentation. It supports the artists on site in establishing contact with local artists and organizations.
The Bremen jury this year consisted of Regina Barunke (Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst), Dr. Mona Schieren (Hochschule für Künste), Dr. Alejandro Perdomo Daniels (freelance curator) and Nadja Quante (Künstlerhaus Bremen).
Effrosyni Kontogeorgou (*1980 in Athens) works mainly site-specific. After studying painting and multimedia (Dipl.-Kunst, 2005) at the Athens University of Fine Arts, she completed her Master in Digital Media (M.A., 2010) at the University of the Arts Bremen. In 2015 she completed her master's degree in the Studio for Contemporary Media with Prof. Jean-François Guiton. Since then she lives and works in Bremen. So far she has realized five solo exhibitions, including one at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, and has participated in various international group exhibitions and residencies in Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Belgium and Iceland. In a planning discussion with the Künstlerhaus Bremen she stated
"The Helsinki Artist Residency offers the ideal conditions for me to concentrate intensively on site-specific research and production for three months. I am willing to be challenged by other disciplines and to gain new perspectives for my work". (Kontogeorgou)
Impressions of Nora Olearius' presentation at the Open Studio Event of HIAP in Helsinki (August 2019)
Nora describes the time in Helsinki as "wonderful, inspiring, informative, excitingly carefree, encouraging, communicative" and as a good opportunity to focus on developing a new aspect of her work intensely and freely. Friendships and cooperations with the HIAP team as well as the residency colleagues that are going to last have evolved.
At HIAP I will focus on fractal geometry and its manifestations in Finland’s nature, as well as on the complex structure of the yoik, the traditional singing form of the Sámi people. My concern is to approach the Sámi culture respectfully and sensitively in order to arrive at an artistically analytical view to find, investigate and visualize fractal patterns in the yoik.
From detailed to the enlarged view, from minor to major. During the time (and time is always too short…) of the more intensive thematic investigation, new questions as well as insights have developed from my initially specific project plan of investigating and visualizing fractal patterns in the structures of Sámi yoik.
What does appropriation mean? In the cultural sense as well as in the artistic sense? And what is also a connection to fractal structures here?
Thoughts about wax, thinking like wax. The influence of external factors on the appearance of wax, as well as its use for sound recording in former times, make wax the adequate material for my investigation.
The Helsinki Artist Residency is realised in cooperation with HIAP and supported by Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation.
Nora Olearius receives the Helsinki Artist Residency 2019
In a two-stage procedure with a pre-selection of three candidates in Bremen and the final selection in Helsinki, Nora Olearius was selected from the applicants for the first Helsinki Artist Residency. From the beginning of June until the end of August 2019, Olearius will live and work in Helsinki as part of the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).
The Helsinki Artist Residency, which is being announced for the first time this year by the Künstlerhaus Bremen, offers Bremen artists a platform to freely try themselves out abroad and network. In addition to financial support, the Residency Programme promotes exchange and new approaches to the production of artistic works. The international partner institution HIAP provides time and space for open research and experimentation without necessarily having to complete a project. It supports local artists in establishing contact with local artists and organisations. They also offer artists the opportunity to present their project ideas and works at an Open Studios event at the end of their residency.
The Bremen jury consisted of Regina Barunke (Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst), Annett Reckert (Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst) and Nadja Quante (Künstlerhaus Bremen).
Nora Olearius (*1988 in Hamburg) studied Fine Arts at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, followed by master-class studies with Prof. Jean-François Guiton (diploma 2016, master-class 2017). She received various prizes/grants, as for example the University Prize of the HfK Bremen in 2014, the 40th Bremer Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst (Bremen Promotion Prize for Visual Arts) in 2016 and the Bremen Studio Grant at Künstlerhaus Bremen in 2016.
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Call for tender 2019
Bremen artists are invited to apply for a three-month stay in Helsinki as part of the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP)! The stay runs from 4 June to 29 August 2019.
The Helsinki Artist Residency offers Bremen artists a platform to freely try themselves out abroad and network. In addition to financial support, the residency programme promotes exchange and new approaches to the production of artistic works. Our international partner institution HIAP offers the best conditions for networking both locally and between the international guests of the organisation. HIAP provides time and space for open research and experimentation without necessarily having to complete a project. The local institution supports artists in establishing contact with local artists and organisations. At the end of their residency, they also offer the artists the opportunity to present their project ideas and works at an Open Studios event.
Who can apply?
Applications are open to all professionally working artists from Bremen who have completed their studies at an art academy or can prove that they work professionally as artists and have a good command of English. There is no age limit. (HIAP accepts that family members of the artist travel with the artist, but does not offer childcare.)
What does the residency offer?
The residency includes the payment of travel expenses, accommodation in one of HIAP's studios in Helsinki (June to August 2019), a monthly cash grant of 1000€ and a one-off production budget of 500€. In addition, HIAP supports the local community with integration into a network and curatorial support by the HIAP team.
How to apply?
The application documents must include:
- completed application form incl. letter of motivation (max. 1500 characters incl. spaces) and project proposal for the stay (max. 3000 characters incl. spaces) in English.
- portfolio (max. 10 pages and 10 MB, with English work specifications)
- curriculum vitae with exhibition activity (in English, 1 page)
Please send your documents digitally as pdf by e-mail to: email@example.com
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 3 April 2019, midnight!
Incomplete applications or applications submitted later will unfortunately not be considered.
If you have any questions, please contact Mara Ryser via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0049 421 508 598.
The Helsinki Artist Residency is made possible by the kind support of