The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network responds to the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic by announcing an open call for art projects. 

The current crisis is severely affecting the cultural sector. Many artists and creatives whose work is project-based have lost months worth of income. 

Amongst the crisis, the mission of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes remains unchanged. We exist to promote international mobility, visibility and collaboration of Finnish art, culture and science. That is why we are launching a new and fast progressing open call for Finnish and Finland-based artists and artist groups. 

TOGETHER ALONE - OPEN CALL

The Institutes are seeking artistic proposals related to the following themes: state of emergency, radical change, resilience, artistic practice in the future, alone together. At the same time the project will act as a documentation of the crisis and one of the major social upheavals of our time and gives the artists an opportunity to reflect it through the arts. The application is open to all Finnish and Finland-based professional artists who have lost work opportunities due to the corona epidemic. 

The Institutes are commissioning projects from selected artists or artistic groups to be completed by June 30, 2020. The total grant of an individual project is  between 1 500–5 000 € (charges included). The expenses will be paid as work compensation or by invoice. The suitability for diverse international distribution is considered an asset. The implementation of the project must comply with the national law concerning accessibility of digital services

The aim of the open call is to ensure the livelihoods of artists and the continuity of international collaboration. Although mobility and physical encounters must now be restricted, we want to support the international networks and cooperation. 

The epidemic is revolutionizing the world in ways we could not have foreseen. We are facing a time when it’s necessary to question our way of life – and to come up with new ways of living, working and securing our livelihoods. With Together Alone we want to give a platform and encourage professionals to consider new ways of operating in a situation, where mobility and physical contact are no longer possible. We are especially looking for projects, which emphasize broad international collaboration – without physical contact.

Projects won’t be restricted to be implemented within any particular Finnish Institute’s geographic area but should fit to the sphere of activity of all of the institutes. The projects can take place or be available on the artist’s website, on a public web platform, on Youtube or on an alternative platform with a reach to wide audiences. The medium is not restricted and the result can be for example an artwork, work in progress, performance, a diary, a film etc. The Institutes will include the chosen projects as part of their official programmes and they will be available for all the institutes worldwide. The artist will retain the copyright of the work.  

Additional application criteria:

  • Project will be carried out in a manner that won’t contradict the regulations of the prevailing state of emergency conditions

  • The project should promote international networking and collaboration of Finnish artists or Finland-based artists. The open call encourages international dialogue and creativity beyond national borders

  • Innovativity and experimental approach are encouraged

Send your project proposal (max 3 000 characters) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach a budget, a short CV and a brief communication plan of the project. Send all the files as a single PDF file, maximum 2 Mt by size. The choice will be made by a panel of experts from the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. 

SCHEDULE

1. Deadline by Monday 30.3. 16:00 (Finnish time / GMT +2)
2. Deadline by Monday 20.4. 16:00 (Finnish time / GMT +2)
3. Deadline by Monday 4.5. 16:00 (Finnish time / GMT +2)

All proposals received by the deadline will be considered and a selection will be made within two weeks after the deadline. All submitted project proposals will remain under consideration through all selection rounds. 

Please send any enquiries by email to The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

We were happy to receive (and read!) an overall of 129 applications for the first Together Alone round! We've gone through amazing applications by artists and collectives from across the globe - from Finland to Burkina Faso, from Japan to India and Australia.

Five projects have now been selected, taking us on an exploration of artistic practices in times of physical isolation: artists weaving futurology and contemporary dance practices, studying fresh-water polyps and creating algorithms based on Covid-19 data, and others focusing on collaborative practices via soundscapes and online reading programmes.

The selected projects from the first round are:

  • Across the Way With... by Shimmer Rotterdam and PUBLICS

  • Bodytalk by Simo Vassinen, Roope Mokka and Maria F. Scaroni

  • Hydra Human Hybrid by Charles Quevillon and Maija Tammi in collaboration with Tedd Robinson

  • Untitled by Maria Korkeila

  • World Wide Window by Mikki Nordman

 

The second selection round of Together Alone is now completed! We were thrilled to receive (once again!) no less than 142 applications from homebound artists and collectives around the world. For this second round, seven projects were selected, employing bravely and widely the potentialities of digital culture and taking new paths to create connections between isolated artists and audiences worldwide.

The selected projects from the second round are:

  • Care Practice: Recipes for Resilience by Ceci Moss & Jenni Nurmenniemi

  • Constructing a specialist network to produce knowledge and act as springboard for artistic work by Aapo Nikkanen

  • DEMO by Pekka Airaxin, Caterina Avataneo & Felice Moramarco

  • Felt the Moonlight on my Feet by Jani Ruscica, Sam Watson & Suzanna Pezo

  • Monitor Man in the Time of Pandemic by Yassine Khaled

  • Where from Here by Lenore Malen & Samir Bhowmik

  • World-Body by Jenna Sutela & Ella Plevin

 

On March 23rd, The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes network launched the Together Alone project: a fast progressing open call for artists and creatives, many of whose projects were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19.

Nine weeks and 437 applications later, we have now commissioned 20 artists, creatives and collectives around the globe to reflect upon the current situation through diverse artistic practices. We are incredibly thankful for every application and extremely moved by how creatives have mirrored the major social upheavals of our times through the arts, and most importantly - have done so together.

For the third - and final - application round of Together Alone, we have selected eight projects out of no less than 166 applications:

  • H-ome by Emrecan Tanis

  • In-between by Anna Nykyri

  • Out of the Flood by Invisible Flock & SubZero

  • Soft Variations - Online by Sonya Lindfors

  • Untitled by Caracara Collective

  • Untitled by Miila Westin

  • Unum by Sakari Männistö

  • We need to talk about the future by Anne Pajunen and Psychopomp! Theatre Collective

We will soon share more details of the individual commissioned projects, so remember to follow our social media channels and the hashtag #togetheralonefi for more details.