Application deadline 31 October, 2017
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Application deadline the 31st of October 2017.

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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 year 2018.

As in the previous years, the residency is not funded with the exception for one artist/group from the Nordic/Baltic countries (excluding Finland). The residency offers a unique possibility for artistic work in a biological field station and in the subarctic environment of Finland.

We will select around 15 artists/artist groups to work at the Station for periods from one week up to several months, the desired length of the visit should be stated in the application and it depends on the individual funding and needs of the proposed project.

One fully funded residency will be awarded to an artist/artist group based in the Nordic and Baltic countries (except Finland) with an art&science approach. The residency is a joint effort with HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme and the selected artist/artist group has the option for a short stay in Helsinki either before or after the stay in Kilpisjärvi (depending on availability of guest rooms at HIAP). The residency is supported by the Kulturkontakt Nord Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

Since 2009 the Bioartsociety is organizing the Ars Bioarctica Residency programme together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in the subarctic Lapland. 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.

Application procedure

Apply with the online application form below and include a CV and work plan as pdf. Our Nordic and Baltic applicants must add a budget, if interested in the fully funded residency.

Costs of Ars Bioarctica

Travel to and within Finland to Kilpisjärvi have to be covered by the applicant as well as the accommodation at the Station. The Finnish Society of Bioart will assist with the funding process by providing a letter of invitation to the selected artists.

Travel: Depending on the season and means of transportation the costs to travel from Helsinki vary significantly from 150 EURO to 350 EURO.

Accommodation: The cost of accommodation is 13,15 € / day / person and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the canteen is approx. 37 € / day / person for the members of bioartsociety and artists/researchers related to Finnish universities. For others, the accommodation is 30 € / day / person and the food approx. 37 € / day / person.

The applications for the Nordic/Baltic residency supported by Kulturkontakt Nord must include a budget - the grant covers travel, accommodation, daily allowances and material costs up to 3000 EURO. This residency is meant for longer stays of several weeks. Please, use the numbers above for drafting your budget.


The evaluation of the applications emphasizes the quality of the proposal, its interaction of art&science, its artistic and scientific significance, the projects relation to the thematics of Ars Bioarctica and its feasibility to be carried out at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in the given time. 

The selected artists will be announced by the end of November 2017.

Practical points:

When making your plans, please, take into account the local weather (more on that here: and during the winter months the station is often rather quiet and, thus, offers possibilities to solitary work. Families are welcome to the residency.


In case of questions please contact Piritta Puhto

Application form
First name
  • Last name
  • Profession
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Email address
  • Website
  • Preferred period
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  • I will be able to cover all of my residency costs.
  • I need a letter of invitation to apply for a residency grant.
  • Short Biography
  • 1500 characters remaining

    Brief work proposal.
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    Upload your CV in pdf.
    Upload your work plan in pdf.
    Based in Nordic/Baltic country.
  • Upload your budget.
    Members of artist group.