KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre provides two residency programs KK AiR and KK AiC in Northern Finland for artist, art researchers and curators.
The KK AiR – Artist-in-Residence offers artists time and space for artists from all branches to focus on their artistic research and production. The KK AiR programme is tailored for each guest artist individually. The artists are given opportunities to take part in the activities of the local art field by teaching courses, organizing workshops and producing artworks to exhibitions. The artists are given a chance to showcase their work by organizing an open studio event and an exhibition in the end of their residency period. Artists are also welcomed to enjoy the peace, clean nature and relaxed atmosphere of the Ii village.
The KK AiC – Artist in Community builds co-operation between health and social services and art professionals. The programme hires artists to work with groups and communities through intensive work periods. This in-depth familiarisation enables versatile utilisation of the artists’ skills from the perspectives of meaningful everyday life, wellbeing and communality. The residence artists will work with a specific social and health unit or units, mainly mental health rehabilitators, disabled and immigrants, during the approximately two-month-long residence period that includes getting acquainted with the operation, artistic work and introducing art activities to social and health personnel. It is also important to expand the residence activities outside of the social and health unit to affect the community in a larger sense. The selection process includes providing the pre-selected artists with proposals with more information about the collaboration groups, location and other details, followed with Skype-interviews.
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