Ars Bioarctica residency programme – Open Call for the years 2020-21
Application deadline the 30th of September 2019
We are now accepting applications for our 2020–2021 Ars Bioarctica Residency programme in Kilpisjärvi/Gilbbesjávri, Lapland at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki.
The residency offers a unique possibility for artistic work in a biological field station located in the subarctic environment.
The residency aims to support artistic work in the sub-arctic environment in form of collaborations between art & science.
It is aimed at professional artists, scientists and art&science research teams at all stages of their careers.
Please note that the residency expenses need to be covered by the applicants.
We will select around 20 artists/artist groups to work at the Station for periods of two to four weeks.
Ars Bioarctica residency programme is devided into 4 seasons and each residency period is either
2 first weeks or 2 last weeks of the month or the whole month.
The residency periods available in this open call are June and October 2020 and January and March 2021.
The desired period should be stated in the application.
Since 2009 the Bioart Society is organizing the Ars Bioarctica Residency programme together with the
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki. Until now more than 200 artists,
scientists, and practitioners have been developing work at the Station on topics related to biology,
ecology and life sciences.
The Kilpisjärvi Biological Station provides the residents with a combined living and working
environment, a basic field laboratory, internet connection and sauna, and the same possibilities and
infrastructure as its scientists and staff. This includes access to scientific equipment, laboratory
facilities, the library and seminar room as well as the usage of field equipment.
A dedicated mentor in Kilpisjärvi will familiarize residents with the local environment and customs upon arrival.
Kilpisjärvi is situated in the area where Sámi culture has it's roots. The Sámi are the only
indigenous people in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, as well as the whole
of the European Union. They inhabited the area long before any state borders were drawn. The area is
called Lapland, or Sápmi (in North Sámi).
To apply, please, complete the application form with its attachments here:
The evaluation of the applications emphasises the quality of the proposal, its interaction of
art&science, its artistic and scientific significance, the project's relation to the subarctic
environment and its feasibility to be carried out at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in the
The selected artists will be announced by the end of October 2019.