Mobile Home(less): open call for visual and community artists in Finland and the Benelux countries
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20 April 2016

What does Europe’s homelessness look like?

 The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux invites visual artists and community artists to propose new art projects dealing with homelessness. The open call is part of the Mobile Home 2017* initiative, which explores notions of the home as a physical, mental and symbolic place, as well as a socio-cultural concept.

Less visible than physical homelessness, is also mental homelessness and its’ consequences. Questions like home and identity, power structures and, for instance, the feeling of security are also on the table when opening different perspectives to the issue.

The chosen proposal will receive a production bursary of up to € 10 000. The project partners will help in finding a suitable way to exhibit the work in Finland and/or in the Benelux region during 2017 depending on the type of the project. In addition, two runner-up proposals will be awarded with 1000€ bursary by ArtHelsinki.


Both individual and group applicants from Finland and the Benelux countries are welcome to apply. The form and medium of the project are open.

The chosen artistic work or project will be commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institute and produced by the applicant. The Institute’s support will be directed towards production costs of creating the new art work.

The work must be feasible within the given budget. This includes material and travel expenses and/or salaries, for example. Nevertheless a minimum of 2000€ shall be directed to the artist’s fee. The applicant may also apply for other external funding, subject to be negotiated with the Finnish Cultural institute.

The production period will be June 2016 – March 2017.


The final concept will be selected by an international jury of five, consisting of the project partners:
Aura Seikkula, ArtHelsinki
Kathleen Weyts, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts
Michael Defuster, Castrum Peregrini
Aleksi Malmberg, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Raija Koli, Frame Visual Art Finland

The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux will chair the jury.


The application period is 21 April – 15 May. All applications must be sent electronically to the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, addressed to with the headline Mobile Home(less).

The language for the applications is English. The proposal should be sent as one single pdf file, and it must include:

-Written presentation of the concept, maximum of two A4 (pdf)
-Production plan and timetable, maximum of one A4 (pdf)
-Budget plan within the given production budget (10 000€)
-Short biography of the applicant and previous artistic activities, maximum of one A4
-In addition, the applicant should attach 1-5 images (in jpg, tiff or pdf format).
-Please name your application as follows: Name of project_name of applicant


Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux builds bridges for actors in culture, art and science. Based in Brussels, its’ scope of operations covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The Institute is one of the 17 Finnish cultural and science institutes, and it is maintained by a private foundation.
* The open call is part of Mobile Home 2017 project, initiated by the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and London. Mobile Home 2017 takes place in various locations in 2017 to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, exploring various notions of home.


Aleksi Malmberg, Director, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, +32475764332

Mobile Home(less) is a part of Finland 100, celebrating Finland’s 100th year of independence in 2017. The partners for Mobile Home(less) are ArtHelsinki , BOZAR, Castrum Peregrini, Frame – center for visual arts and Helsinki Festival.

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