Residency Program

Open Call deadline 6.12.2015.

For the next round of international and Nordic residencies between June 2016 – March 2017 Platform invite artists from different fields of art that touch the subjects of migration and performativity in their artistic work to apply for a 1 – 2 month residency.

We offer a studio space, accommodation, travel expenses (one return trip, cheapest possible) and a working grant (approx. 250 € per week). We also offer a small production budget of 1000 €, which the artist may reimburse by presenting original receipts of purchases, specifically connected to the project produced during the residency.

The studio is located in an old military barrack in central Vaasa where some local artists have their studios as well. There is a bike, a set of tools and equipment available for the artist. There is wireless broadband access both in the studio and in the apartment.

Platform does not operate an exhibition space, although it’s possible to use our studio as such or arrange other public activities. The artist is given a contact person who is in charge of necessary arrangements, but note that this is voluntary work so if any additional assistance is needed it has to be agreed upon well in advance.

We ask the artist to realize a project, which can be presented either during the residency or at a later stage. Our current plan is to organise a group show with as many as possible of the projects from autumn 2016- spring 17 residencies, in late spring 2017.

The artist is expected to give a public talk about his/her work at the beginning of the residency.

We expect the artist to be able to communicate in English, Swedish or Finnish. We require the artist to spend at least 80% of the residency’s duration in Vaasa and the working grant is proportional to days spent in Vaasa. The artists are required to submit documentation of the produced project to Platform, as well as press release / information text / informal report or equivalent.

Application procedure

Please follow these instructions closely. Applications not following these requirements will not be considered.

We require the artist to send a digital application to with the subject ‘Residency Application 2016/17’ by the 6th of December.

The application should be one PDF document with your full name as title of the document. Don’t paste any relevant information in the email that is not part of the PDF. Please include the following in the PDF:

1. An informal project plan or motivation letter, max one page. The aim of the letter should be describing the kind of project you imagine doing in Vaasa and your motivation to apply for this residency and how you see that your artistic work connects to the themes of migration and / or performativity. The project plan should also include your preferred period of time, and state if the time period is relevant for the project as well as clearly state what time/ times that aren’t suitable.

2. Descriptions and images of 5 projects or art works. For videos, please add direct links to websites in the PDF.

3. A CV of max one page, including: name, date and place of birth, current postal address as well as email and phone number.


The application shall occupy no more than 12 pages and 5 mb. All submitted material should be Macintosh compatible. The board of Platform will make the selection. Only chosen artists will receive a notification about the selection latest at the end January 2016. The board is under no obligation to justify the selection. Please also note that we are a voluntary community so we only respond to emails occasionally. So if you have questions about the residency, please ask them well before the deadline.