The North Escaping residency
Application deadline 02 June, 2023 23:59 (EEST)


Deadline for applications in 2nd of June 2023.


We are happy to announce an open call for the North Escaping residency for 2023–2024 at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, under the umbrella of our Ars Bioarctica residency programme. We offer four fully funded month-long residencies for October 2023 – April 2024. Artists and artist groups based in the Nordic and Baltic countries, excluding Finland, are welcome to apply. We hope to receive applications from people of all backgrounds.

The aim of the North Escaping residency is to explore the current and approaching transformations in the North, investigate the possible consequences of this development, and how we can build cultural capacities to deal with them. 

The residencies take place in the facilities of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki. The Biological Station offers the residents the same possibilities and infrastructure as its scientists and staff: a combined living and working environment, an internet connection, a sauna, access to scientific equipment, laboratory facilities, the library, and a seminar room as well as the usage of field equipment. A dedicated mentor in Kilpisjärvi will familiarise residents with the local environment and customs.

The travel, accommodation, daily allowances and a 3-day-long stay in Helsinki – to test, develop and present the work done at the Station in the form of, for example, an exhibition, talk or workshop – are all covered. The travel from Nordic or Baltic countries to Kilpisjärvi is covered up to 1300 euros. The material costs for the residency are paid up to 800 euros, and the production of the event or exhibition in Helsinki is up to 1500 euros. The artist fee for the residency is 2100 euros per person and per event or exhibition 500 euros.

The deadline for applications is 2nd of June 2023. The selected applicants will be informed during June. To apply, please fill the form at the end of this page. For more information please send an email to


The North Escaping

The North Escaping residency programme is part of a multi-year project with the same name. Under the thematic umbrella of the North Escaping, the Bioart Society organizes research residencies and different activities stemming from the residencies as well as other programme during 2022-2024. This residency also falls under the Ars Bioarctica umbrella, a long-standing initiative which includes all our programme taking place at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

Former North Escaping residency artists include Jacek Smolicki and the artist duo aRzu and Maria Lepistö, who were chosen for the residency through an open call in 2022. Lepistö and aRzu are currently in residency at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station and Jacek Smolicki will travel to Kilpisjärvi for his residency period later this spring. You can read about aRzu’s and Lepistö’s experiences at the residency on the blog entry on our website.


Photo: Björn Kröger

Application form

The application period is now closed.