Open Call for curators and writers interested in research, curatorial and critical writing residencies in the European North

Photo:  Iceland Roadtrip by Svein I.Pedersen

Autumn 2016 -Winter 2016/2017  | Application deadline May 15, 2016 | 7 curatorial and critical writing residencies

Curators and writers based in Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, The Faroe Islands, Greenland, Åland), Baltic countries ( Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), UK and Russia are eligible to apply.

Please note that the program is not open for curators and writers based in other countries than listed here, or applicants who are citizens, or are linked in other ways ( family, education, etc.)  to some of the listed countries, but are permanently based elsewhere.

Applications are open to curators interested in pursuing research, curatorial and critical writing opportunities in the northern regions of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Northwest-Russia, Scotland, Iceland and Lithuania.

The residency programme is part of the Transfer North programme, and offers 7 curators and writers a unique opportunity to combine visits to several places within the network:

NORWAY // Tromsø (Troms County Cultural Center), Bodø (Nordland Culture Center), Svolvær (The North Norwegian Artist Center), Røst (Røst AIR) Kirkenes (Pikene på Broen), Karasjok (Sami Center for Contemporary Art) // FINLAND// Oulu (Northern Photographic Center), Rovaniemi (Northern Media Culture Association Magneetti ry) //SWEDEN// Boden and Luleå (Havremagasinet/Galleri Syster )// LITHUANIA// Vilnius (Contemporary Art Centre)//SCOTLAND//Glasgow (The Centre for Contemporary Arts)// ICELAND// Seyðisfjörður (Skaftfell Center for Visual Art)// RUSSIA// Arkhangelsk (Arkhangelsk AIR), St Petersburg (St Petersburg Art Residency/ NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt), Murmansk (Gallery Ч9/ Fridaymilk)

We welcome applications from curators, writers and thinkers who have expressed interest in the High North and with capacity for in-depth research and writing. Curators and writers are  expected to further develop contacts within and knowledge of the High North, that could result in working with organizations and artists based in this region in the future.

During the residency, curators and writers will be expected to conduct studio and gallery visits,  critical writing workshops for local art community and public presentations.

English speaking and writing skills are required.

The invited curators and writers will receive:

  • Up to four weeks long residency/ minimum one week/maximum visit to 3 residencies in the network
  • Residency grant NOK 7.000 for residencies up to 15 days
  • Residency grant NOK 10.000 for residencies up to four weeks
  • Travel grant max NOK 10.000
  • Free accommodation
  • Support in accessing artist studios, galleries and institutions


Application must include

  •  CV including contact information, relevant links
  • Work samples
  • Motivation Letter, including the list of residencies you would like to visit (in priority order)

Please submit only electronic copies of the above in ONE email to: ccwnorth(at)

In the subject line of your email, please specify  ”curatorial and critical writing residencies”

Application documents must be in English.

Contact person: Jasmina Bosnjak | jasmina.bosnjak(at) – for inquiries only, please do not send copy of your application to this e-mail address.

Application deadline: May 15, 2016 ( 23:59 CET)

All applicants will be notified of the decision before the end of July.


Transfer North is kindly supported by Nordic Culture Point (Nordic-Baltic mobility Programme – Long-term network support), Nordic Culture Fund, Norsk-islandsk kultursamarbeid, Nordland County Council, Troms County Council and project partners.













12 thoughts on “Open Call for curators and writers interested in research, curatorial and critical writing residencies in the European North”

    1. Hello, this call is not open for performance and dance. We will not organize exhibitions, performance and similar, as the program focuses mainly on research.
      Thank you for your interest!


  1. Hello! I have a question. Is it necessary to have an article about northen regions? Or it is enought to have some articles about the art? Is it ok if it’s published in Russian? Thank you for your answer in advance!


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