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Helsinki Design Residency 2020: Intelligences

Iaspis announces an open call for Helsinki Design Residency 2020. The residency is organised by Helsinki International Artist Programme – HIAP, together with Strelka Institute and Iaspis, in cooperation with Helsinki Design Week and Design Museum Helsinki.

The programme is open for practitioners in design, architecture and related fields who have an interest in critically and practically exploring design as a complexly interfacing cultural practice.

The residency comprises two presence periods in Helsinki: a two-week research phase in May and June, and a production and presentation phase of one month in August and September 2020 (23 May – 7 June, and 15 August – 15 September). The Design Residency will bring together three independent practitioners, one each from Russia, Sweden and Finland.

The residency offers studio space, accommodation and a stipend of 29 000 SEK. This includes 23 000 SEK to cover living costs and return tickets Sweden - Finland, and a production budget of 6 000 SEK during the residency (e.g. for printing, model-making, prototyping, research visits).

The Design Residency programme was first established in 2012 as part of the World Design Capital event in Helsinki.

Read more about the residency program structure and theme of 2020 here >>

Application time: 27 January – 9 March 2020.

Helsinki Design Residency prioritises applications from practitioners within or in-between the fields of design, architecture, fashion and art or cross-disciplinary work. Applicants must be based in Sweden and should have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 10 years of experience and demonstrate experience in collaborative work. The applicants must be able to participate in both work phases (23 May – 7 June and 15 August – 15 September 2018).

The Arts Grants Committee’s delegation for the Iaspis programme will select a number of candidates. Based on this information the final selection will be made by a selection panel with representatives of HIAP, Strelka Institute, Helsinki Design Week and Design Museum Helsinki as well as specialists from different domains of design practice.

How to Apply
If you are based in Sweden, apply with your e-legitimation (Swedish electronic identification) on or on the appropriate PDF form.

Exept for the questions in the digital application you need to submit as one document (PDF) a proposal comprising:

1. Position statement
Present your perspective onto this year’s residency theme and your critical ambitions in applying to the programme. (Max. 250 words.)

2. Research/project proposal
Present the research/project you wish to conduct during the time of the residency including your points of interest and the questions you wish to explore. (Max. 500 words.)

3. Working plan
Present a realistic road map of the activities you will undertake from the beginning to the conclusion of the residency (minding also the time in between).

4. Portfolio
Up to five examples of key projects (realized or speculative) that represent your practice and approach.

5. Your CV
Applications must be in English since final selection is made my Helsinki Design Residency’s jury. Application has to be complete. The Swedish Arts Grants Committee will not accept complementary additions.

If you apply digitally, upload your work samples at the end of the application process.

If you apply on paper format, your work samples must fit a standing A4 sheet (paper applications with work samples will be scanned and made available in digital format for the examiners). State year of production, title, technique and dimensions for each work. Please remember to write your name and national identification number on your appendices. Do not append further materials such as catalogues, sketches, etc.

Work samples will not be returned.

Applications on paper should be sent to, or delivered personally to: Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, SE-118 53 Stockholm, Sweden.

For further information, please contact Karolina Pahlén, tel +46 8-506 550 55 or
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