THE FINNISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN NEW YORK’S NEW RESIDENCY PROGRAMS FOR 2022

The FCINY Residency Programs are offered to professional architects, artists, designers, and curators. The focus of the residency programs lies in artistic dialogue and cultural exchange in addition to individual artistic research and creative work. Each residency includes housing, access to a local hosting organization, travel, and a monthly compensation of 750 USD for the duration of 1–2 months. 

The programs are particularly suitable for artists and professionals who are seeking to expand their international network in the US, and who wish to take advantage of the tailored relation-building support each residency program provides. Each residency is conducted in collaboration with a local partner who will provide the artist with support and connections to local networks. Each applicant should prepare to showcase their work/research to New York’s creative community, and actively participate in the activities provided by the residency program.

 The FCINY welcomes artists, curators, and other arts professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and diverse practices to apply. The programs are open for individuals, working groups are not eligible to apply in this call. The selection is based on the motivation letter including a plan on how the applicant is intending to use the residency period in New York, and an interview with the jury. The residency program is open for all Finnish or Finland-based practitioners. Affiliations to member associations are not mandatory for the programs in 2022. We favor applications with a socially responsible stand, and encourage underrepresented groups to apply.

For 2022, FCINY offers the following residency opportunities:

 

  1. Curatorial residency (2 months)

Duration: 2 months (March-April 2022)
 

Partnering institution:

Residency Unlimited

 

Residency Unlimited (RU) fosters customized residencies for artists and curators working across disciplines and at various stages in their careers.

Residents receive critical production and administrative assistance with substantial emphasis placed on building professional networks. This networking aspect is further supported through the multifaceted partnering strategies that RU has put into place, including weekly meetings with art professionals aligning artistic and curatorial interests. 

The residency offers wide networking possibilities in New York for a Finnish or Finland-based curator. The curator-in-residence does studio visits with artists both at Residency Unlimited and beyond, while they also take part in the vaster visitor program arranged by RU. The curator has the possibility to present their practice during a public event. There will be a desk space available for the curator-in-residence at the RU premises during working hours on weekdays.

 The curatorial residency includes a visit to Chicago, and EXPO CHICAGO’s Curatorial Exchange event at the start of April 2022.

 

Application period

The application period is November 22 to December 19. 

The deadline for applications is December 19, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time).

Application form: link here 

 

 

  1. Artist residency (2 months) 

 

Duration: 2 months (July-August 2022)

 

Partnering institution:

Residency Unlimited

 

Residency Unlimited (RU) fosters customized residencies for artists and curators working across disciplines and at various stages in their careers.

 Residents receive critical production and administrative assistance with substantial emphasis placed on building professional networks. This networking aspect is further supported through the multifaceted partnering strategies that RU has put into place, including weekly meetings with art professionals aligning artistic and curatorial interests.

The residency offers the opportunity to focus on a certain project, while enjoying the wide networking possibilities offered by the RU visitor program. The residency includes a studio space outside the RU premises. RU offers the artist a possibility to present their practice during a public event.

 

Application period

The application period is November 22 to December 19. 

The deadline for applications is December 19, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time).

Application form: link here 

 

 

  1. Design residency (2 months each)

 

Duration: 2 months (May-June with WantedDesign or September-October with the FCINY, please state your preferred host and period in the application)

 

Partnering institution:

WantedDesign (May-June)

The FCINY (September-October)

  

The FCINY will be launching two new residencies for designers. Both residencies come with an apartment. The WantedDesign residency will in addition offer workspace at Industry City in Brooklyn.

WantedDesign / May-June

Industry City, a creative campus and design district in Brooklyn, has been home to the WantedDesign organization since 2014. They are now partnering with The FCINY to launch a new design residency program in the heart of the creative, dynamic, and diverse design hub in New York. 

The Industry City + WantedDesign Manhattan International Residency program will offer the international residents a chance to immerse themselves in the creative community to build their network, take inspiration from New York City, and nurture and prepare for new projects.

The designers will have their own workspace at Industry City for the duration of their residency. The WantedDesign team will assist the designers to prepare, make introductions, set up meetings and visits, and will give them access to the WantedDesign network, fair and events, and other design related New York based organizations and programming. 

 

The FCINY / September-October 

The FCINY is launching a call for designers for a two month research, community-building, and/or production residency taking place in New York City. Continuing a commitment to centering designer voices and fostering individual practices, the FCINY offers tailored residencies that support and nurture designers at all stages of their career. The primary objective of the residency is to provide the designer with a setting for research and opportunities for network building. The FCINY residency does not include a separate workspace.

 

Application period

The application period is November 22 to December 19. 

The deadline for applications is December 19, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time).
 

Application form: link here 

 

 

  1. Architecture residency (one month each)

 

Duration: 1 month (November or December, please state your preferred month in the application)

The FCINY´s and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture´s Visiting Scholars Programme is an opportunity for experienced scholars to visit the The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture for a period of one month. 

Visiting Scholars are expected to interact and form networks with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture staff and students, to plan or conduct research, publications and/or development projects, and to participate actively in the academic life of the School of Architecture. The chosen scholars will have access to the School of Architecture premises, networks, and library (with workstations).

 

Partnering institution:

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York

 

Application period

The application period is November 22 to December 19. 

The deadline for applications is December 19, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time). 

Application form: link here




 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING

The open call for 2022 will be organized between November 22 and December 19, 2021. 

The deadline for applications is December 19, 2021, at 23:59 Finnish time (4:59 pm New York time). 

 

APPLICATIONS 

All applications should be sent via the online application form which is available during each application period at www.fciny.org. The application form and all supporting material, including CVs, must be submitted in English. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Applicants should submit along with the application a short motivation letter including a plan on how they intend to use the residency period in New York. A resume and a maximum of 3 selected works should be attached to the application. All attachments should be merged into one document and submitted as PDF. 

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Each residency program has its own jury. The jury members will be listed on the fciny.org website. A pre-selection of eligible applications will be made by the jury, and the partnering organization will make the final decision on the selected applicants based on an online interview. The results of the selection process are communicated to all applicants in due time.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York welcomes architects, artists, curators, and designers with a wide range of backgrounds and diverse practices. The selection is based on the motivation letter including a plan on how the applicant is intending to use the residency period in New York, and an interview with the jury. 

Projects that align with the values of The FCINY are encouraged (RESPONSIBILITY: ethical and sustainable wellbeing of the planet and our societies / EQUITY: intersectional, inclusive, anti-racist principles / OPENNESS: curiosity, focus on timely phenomena). We strive for interdisciplinarity, embracing collaborations and encounters between diverse fields, cultures, and points of view. The applicant should either be Finnish or based in Finland at the time of applying for the residency.

Affiliations to any  member associations are not mandatory for the programs in 2022.

 

Other criteria that will be taken into account when assessing any proposal:

– Applicants should be reasonably fluent in English (spoken and written)

– Applicants should have at least 2–3 years of proven professional practice or have completed a university-level degree in a relevant field of study

– The willingness to present one’s practice to other professionals and audiences in New York and to participate in small-scale public events is considered essential

 

HOUSING

The FCINY residency apartment is located in Hamilton Heights’ Sugar Hill in North Harlem. The neighborhood is safe with good subway connections to Manhattan and Brooklyn. The apartment comes with bed linens and towels, basic kitchenware, wireless internet connection, and air conditioning. The studio apartment is suitable for research and computer based artistic work. 

The selected artists are granted full usage of the residency apartment during their stay. The purpose of the residency cannot be altered and the residency period cannot be handed over to another person. In the case that the Institute’s lease for the residency apartments would be terminated or some other force majeure situation emerges, the Institute reserves the right to changes in the residency program. A written agreement will be made with each selected artist-in-residence, specifying the conditions of the residency.

 

ACCOMPANYING GUESTS

The residency apartment houses two people comfortably. It is meant for the working use and  accommodation of the artists-in-residence. In case of accompanying guests or visitors, the artist-in-residence must notify the Institute in writing in advance. The artist-in-residence is responsible for any guests. 

 

COMPENSATION

The Finnish Cultural Institute’s own residency program is subsidized but not fully funded. The residency comes with a furnished apartment and the Institute will cover one return flight (max amount 1000 USD). In addition, the Institute will provide the artist with a monthly compensation of 750 USD. The artists are in charge of any material costs and their living expenses in New York.

 

TRAVELS/VISA/INSURANCE

The Institute covers a one-time return flight to the chosen resident artist to a maximum amount of 1000 USD which should be reimbursed from the Institute. The artist is responsible for making their own travel arrangements. There is no need for a visa for visits under 90 days to the US, but a valid ESTA is required. Please be aware of any covid-19 related special requirements. The artists-in-residence must have their own sufficient health and travel insurance coverage for the entire duration of the residency.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For questions about the application process, please contact our Administrative Director in Helsinki: Annu Webb, webb[at]fciny.org.

 

APPLY

Complete the online application form for:

a) FCINY Curatorial Residency 2022:
link here 

b) FCINY Artist Residency 2022: link here

c) FCINY Design Residency 2022: link here

d) FCINY Architecture Residency 2022: link here


Incomplete applications or applications sent by post or e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.