Open call for curators and writers

Application deadline May 15, 2016.

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 during autumn 2016 – winter 2016/2017.

The residency programme is part of the Transfer North programme, and offers seven 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), Murmansk (Gallery Ч9/ Fridaymilk)

Curators and writers based in Nordic and Baltic countries, UK and Russia are eligible to apply.

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

Applicantion 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”

Contact person: Jasmina Bosnjak jasmina.bosnjak(at)

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

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

Photo:  Iceland Roadtrip by Svein I.Pedersen

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.