© ARS – Artist Residency Swap
Curator Anni Fahler and artist Timo Wright are launching ARS – Artist Residency Swap, a new artist exchange pilot programme in the Benelux. The idea behind the programme is a platform where artists can swap both their work space and home with another artist from a different country. The goal is to create a space where artists all over the world can connect through their profile in order to not only share their work and living space, but also experiences and insights.
The activity between Finland and the Benelux begins with a pilot exchange programme partly funded by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, and involves two artists from both areas swapping their homes and work spaces. The open-call closed in July, and the participating artists, who will swap homes and work spaces in the end of September, have now been chosen:
Billie Hanne (Brussels/Belgium) and Anna Knappe (Helsinki/Finland)
Conrad Willems (Ghent/ Belgium) and Sivi Valima (Helsinki/Finland)
ARS – Artist Residency Swap is a side project by the Finnish gallery Unknown Cargo. The gallery was created in 2011, and began expanding its activities to the Nordic countries in 2015. The name of each artist is revealed only after their exhibition, letting the artist create freely and without expectations.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, in collaboration with Dutch art publishers Jap Sam Books, presents the essay collection Home Reassembled – On Art, Destruction and Belonging.
This autumn, the EUNIC network of European National Institutes for Culture will for the seventh time bring together our diverse languages and cultures through poetry. On 26 September on the European Day of Languages, the Finnish poetry slam duo Melinda & Malin will open the Transpoesie series with two performances.
Street View (Reassembled) will be on display next at the Gothenburg Kulturkalas culture festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Gothenburg Kulturkalas is one of the Nordic countries’ largest cultural festivals, reaching about 1.5 million visitors per year. The festival that has taken place since 1991, offers audiences cultural experiences across the fields of the performing arts, literature, film and food.
This autumn, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is hosting Finnish language courses for beginners (FI1) and advancing students (FI2, FI3 and FI4) as well as an intensive course. The classes will meet as usual from Tuesday to Saturday near the Sablon square at Rue de l’Arbre/Boomstraat 14/3.
Anssi Pulkkinen’s commissioned work dealing with homelessness tours in the Benelux area as well as the Nordic countries.
The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is undergoing personnel changes. Head of Programme, Annukka Vähäsöyrinki’s duties end in June, but she will continue to be responsible as a producer of the Mobile Home(less) project from Finland until the end of the autumn and will begin work as a representative for the Finnish Cultural Institute in Benelux Trust. Project intern via the Svenska kulturfonden (Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland), Emma Mether will move into the role of coordinator in the 2017 autumn. CIMO (Finnish National Agency for Education) intern, Alix Helfer’s work period handling the Institute’s communications ends in July. The next CIMO and Svenska kulturfonden interns will take up their duties in the autumn. Annukka, Emma and Alix share their experiences of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.