Aurora Residency is a new residency in Paris for Nordic artists, created and run by Art Hub Copenhagen (AHC), Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark, and Fondation Fiminco. You can apply for a place in the program right now. The deadline is Monday, April 15 at 12:00 noon (CET).

The residency offers two Nordic artists a three-month residency in Paris, accommodation, studio, and access to workshop facilities at Fondation Fiminco in Romainville on the outskirts of Paris. The works produced during the residency will be the object of a public showcase organized by Le Bicolore, and the artists will get to participate in public events in France and Denmark.

The name Aurora is the English word for “northern lights” and refers to the fact that the residency program is for artists living in the Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Åland, and Lapland.

The purpose of the Aurora Residency is to promote Nordic artists’ careers and opportunities to gain visibility and expand international networks. Aurora Residency is also a sustainable project that aims to continuously experiment with environmental awareness in residency and exhibition practices.

Read more about the program and how to apply below.

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THE PROGRAM

Aurora Residency 2024 runs from 16th of September until the 13th of December and includes:

– Accommodation at Fondation Fiminco: Each resident artist will have a furnished studio of around 20 square meters with a private bathroom and a shared kitchen as well as access to common living areas.

– A work studio at Fondation Fiminco: Each resident artist has their own workspace of around 30 square meters in a bright, spacious collective studio shared between 2 and 3 artists, equipped with furniture and storage.

– Access to workshop facilities at Fondation Fiminco: Engraving workshop, construction workshop (wood and metal), screen printing workshop, ceramic workshop, 3D printing/cutting workshop, photo and video workshop.

– A round-trip slow-travel ticket to and from Paris.

– A fee of 50 000 DKK that includes the fee for 3 months of residency and the presentation fees of the artist at the public event at Le Bicolore and at AHC.

– A production budget of 10 000 DKK.

– Advice on local integration and network development activities.

– Artistic and curatorial mentoring.

 

What we require from the selected artists during the program:

– The production of an artwork.

– A collaboration with a selected curator.

– Participation in a public showcase and talk at Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark (beginning of December).

– Participation in a public talk at AHC, when the artists are on their way back to their home countries.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Applicants must be individual professional visual artists with a material-based practice. This entails that:
    • The applicant must be graduated from an art academy or have a similar professional visual arts education or background.
    • Applicants should be able to document their professional art career via their CV.
    • Applicants should have a practice that involves working with either physical or digital material. Unfortunately, the residency cannot accommodate artists working in the field of performing arts due to the workshops not being equipped for it.
    • It is not possible to apply as a duo.Applicants must be Nordic citizens or be in possession of a permanent residence permit in Nordic countries or France.
  • We value diversity highly. We therefore encourage everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, identity, and sexuality to apply. We also want to highlight that the foundation’s spaces are accessible to artists with reduced mobility.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • The quality of the proposed candidates’ artistic work and proposal.
  • The potential benefit to the candidates’ career by participating in the specific residency.
  • The demonstration of an awareness and concern for environmental sustainability in the topic addressed in the candidate’s proposal, and/or in the planification, production and afterlife of the candidate’s project. Projects must have a focus on local production and a focus on forms with a limited CO2 footprint in terms of transportation such as video, film, or screen works.
  • A relevant connection between the French context and the candidate’s practice or current area of interest.

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HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, fill out this application form (right click on link and select “open link in new tab”, select download. The form is a word file). The form is to be filled out in English.

The completed forms should be sent as a single PDF file of max. 5 MB.

Send the application to ansogning@arthubcopenhagen.dk. Write “Aurora Residency 2024” in the subject field.

Deadline for application: April 15, 2024, at 12.00 noon (CET).


More information here.