Arteles Open Call: Back to Basics 2023

Arteles Open Call: Back to Basics 2023

Back to Basics allows artists to clear their minds, focus, and (re)discover the very basis of their being. Deadline: January 11, 2022.

Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.

Back to Basics residency programme allows artists to clear their minds, get back to focus, and (re)discover the very basis of their being.

Take a break from your smartphone, reconnect with your creativity, be part of nature and learn to stay present again, doing only things you want to be doing.

As the emphasis in this programme is on reconnecting with your creative practice and being, no predetermined project plan is required. Participants are encouraged to arrive with their minds open for on-site observations, ideas, self-reflection and interacting with other artists. With support from the professional staff, facilities, and the program structure, Back to Basics allows you to go back to what matters to you.

The summer season is ideal for exploring and getting inspired by the rich Finnish nature surrounding Arteles Creative Center. There are countless forests, fields, lakes, and small countryside roads in the region. Thanks to Finland’s everyman’s rights, they can all be explored freely.

Midsummer is full of light: even in the middle of the night, it’s bright enough to go for a walk in the forest. Seasonal berries and mushrooms can be picked from the yard and the woods, and when it’s time to get relaxed, the residency center’s traditional wood-burning sauna is the place to be.

In order to maintain a focused environment, there is no wifi in this programme (excluding the first 1-2 days of settling in). Internet is available one day per week when it can be accessed with a USB connection. Residents can use their own or the house laptop. Note: In case of an important appointment/ work etc. commitment that cannot be rescheduled, temporary access can be arranged by consulting the staff in advance.

Residency periods for 2023 are:

  • 2-30 May
  • 1-29 June
  • 3-31 July
  • 2-30 August

There is no application fee.
Applicants who otherwise would be unable to join the programme can apply for financial support. The number of financially supported residencies is limited.

Regular fee: 1950 € / month
Financially supported fee: 1270 € / month
Contributor's fee: 2610 € / month

All fees include the registration fee (120 € / person, non-refundable, to be paid only if/when becoming selected). All the residents have accommodation in a private bedroom.

They are welcoming emerging and professional artists, writers and creatives from diverse fields and backgrounds. In the selection process, an emphasis is put on the applicant’s approach, alignment and suitability to the program theme. They value authenticity and tenacity.

They do not require a project proposal in the application as this would be in contradiction with the programme. Also, they understand that when working in the creative field, your subjects, interests and working methods tend to change and evolve along the way.

You can apply online with this webform.

Requirements & notes:

  • You must be at least 23 or older to apply (in 2023)
  • Only individual applicants may apply (to apply as a duo, please send two individual applications and mention it in the "extra notes"-field of the application)

Deadline for application: 11th of January 2023.


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