Deadline: 31 August 2018
Call for entries

Ars Bioarctica – Open Call for the years 2019-20
Application form here:

We are glad to announce an open call for our Ars Bioarctica residency program at the Kilpisjärvi
Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in the subarctic Lapland for the years 2019 – 2020.

The residency offers a unique possibility for artistic work in a biological field station and in the
subarctic environment of Finland. 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 from one week up
to several months, the desired length of the stay should be stated in the application.

Since 2009 the Bioartsociety is organizing the Ars Bioarctica Residency programme together with the
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki. Until now more than 100 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 familiarise residents with the local environment and customs.

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, but the Sámis themselves use the name Sápmi.

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
proposed time.

The selected artists will be announced by the end of September 2018.

Please, send your questions to Piritta Puhto,