Ars Bioarctica Residency 2017 – Open Call

Application deadline 31st December 2016

Since 2010 the Bioartsociety is organizing the ARS BIOARCTICA RESIDENCY PROGRAM together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in the sub-Arctic Lapland.

Until now more then 90 artists, scientists, and practitioners have been developing work at the Station on topics related to biology, ecology and life sciences.

The residency takes place in the facilities of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki. It provides the residents with a combined living and working environment, a basic laboratory, internet connection and sauna.

The Kilpisjärvi Biological Station offers to the residents the same possibilities and infrastructure as its scientists and staff. This includes access to scientific equipment, laboratory facilities, the library and seminar room as well as the usage of field equipment. A dedicated mentor in Kilpisjärvi will familiarise residents with the local environment and customs.

The emphasis of the residency is on art&science collaboration, and the sub Arctic environment. It is open for artists, scientists and interdisciplinary research teams.

Applications have to include:

  • a CV
  • a work plan


Travel to and within Finland to Kilpisjärvi as well as the accommodation at the Station have to be covered by the applicant. We are happy to provide a letter of support.

The evaluation of the applications emphasise the quality of the proposal, its interaction of art&science, its artistic and scientific significance, the projects relation to the local environment and its feasibility to be carried out at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in the given time.

Please, note in your application if you wish to have your residency in the beginning of the year so your application will be handled faster.

Please, send applications or questions to our producer Piritta Puhto

Residency info website:

Blog by previous residents:

The Kilpisjärvi Biological station: