Open Calls

Wysing Research Residency 2017

Wysing research residency offers a two-month residency for one Finnish or Finland-based artist at Wysing Arts Centre. Wysing Art Centre in Bourn, near Cambridge, includes a gallery, education and new media facilities, artists’ studios, project spaces and a 17th century farmhouse. The residency is co-organised with the Finnish Institute in London.

During 2017 Wysing has been exploring ‘many voices’ across all its programmes within the over-arching title ‘Wysing Polyphonic’. Through residencies, exhibitions, events, study weeks and study days, Wysing has explored a diversity of contexts and positions to help better understand the role of art, artists, and arts organisations such as Wysing, at this moment of global political change. Following an Open Call in late 2016 nine artists have been selected to be in-residence at Wysing across 2017.

This open call is for a Finnish artist to join the three residency artists in the autumn of 2017 to undertake a period of artistic research. Wysing Arts Centre is particularly looking for artists, musicians or writers who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to Wysing’s programme.

The selected artist will receive £3,500 to cover a research fee and travel costs. The residency includes accommodation in Wysing’s onsite farmhouse and a studio.

The dates of the residency are 16 October – 10 December 2017.

The other artists who will be at Wysing during this time are Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Imran Perretta and Morgan Quaintance (more information and artists’ bios can be found here:

The Jury consists of representatives of HIAP, the Finnish Institute in London and Wysing. The selected artist will be notified by Wednesday, 27 September, 2017.

The deadline for the applications is Sunday, September 24, 2017 (11:59 pm, GMT +3).



To apply, applicants must submit the following by using an online application form:

  • Motivation letter
  • Working plan describing the professional activities you plan to undertake during the residency period
  • Short bio and a curriculum vitae
  • Examples of previous work (links to artist’s website and/or other online material is sufficient)

Applications or supporting material sent by e-mail without using the online application form will not be taken into consideration.

Please note the following guidelines regarding additional material supporting your application:

  • It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be downloaded via the use of hyperlinks, which are mentioned in the application. Please make sure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the Jury.
  • All image / video / sound samples should be stored and shared online. It is advised to use platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc, so that downloading isn’t required to  access the material.

Please note that we are unable to contact applicants upon receipt of each application, to address individual inquiries regarding proposals, or to comment further upon the selection process.