Call for Artists: Community Arts Project for Asylum Seekers

Media release 18.12.2016

The 16th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 18th and 24th September 2017 in Kuopio, Finland. We are now looking for 1-2 artists, living and working in Finland, to lead a community arts project and create a site-specific artwork
to be presented at the festival.


Both existing working groups or individual artists may submit application. We are, particularly, interested in artists experienced working with multicultural communities.

The project is a part of the New Start Finland! research project at the University of Eastern Finland. New Start Finland! is researching ways to promote health, wellbeing and integration of adult asylum seekers. Both granted asylum seekers and Finnish in origin will be invited to participate in ANTI Festival’s project. The artists are expected to commit to the aims of the New Start Finland! research project and to:

lead up to 12 workshops for the target groups between April and October 2017
create, direct and present a community artwork at the ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2017
keep a work diary
assist the researchers in implementing surveys
take part in the project evaluation in collaboration with the researchers and ANTI Festival

This is a project work between 1st March and 31st November 2017, equivalent of around 2 months full-time job. The project fee is around 4 000 €/artist, and the working schedule will be negotiated individually. The working languages are English and Finnish.

All proposals must be sent using this electronic form
and written in English. The proposal deadline is 15.1.2017.

The form allows a link to be made to online documentation of previous work and for applicants to attach a CV and a supporting document or images. Proposals that do not strictly conform to these guidelines will not be considered.

We advice the applicants to get familiar with the artistic direction of ANTI Festival by reviewing our past projects on, for example, our Vimeo page! Further information: Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen:

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival

Participation, dialogue and exchange: ANTI works with innovative artists on projects that explore and explode urban space.

ANTI began life in 2002. Since then we’ve produced 15 editions of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival and have established a year-round programme of artist residencies and cultural projects and events.

Held annually in Kuopio, Finland, the city hosts the festival, projects by artists from around the world inhabit the spaces of public life – homes, shops, city squares, business, forests, lakes – and directly engage communities and audiences in the making and showing of their work. The festival is free to attend.