OPEN CALL | FIDA | Artists in Finland and Finnish Artists| Residency 2021 | Copenhagen

Open Call: Residency for Finnish artists and artists in Finland

NB! The deadline has passed.


Applications for the residency period 9 August – 30 September 2021 will be accepted until 2 April 2021.

FIDA is the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark’s residency program for visual artists. It is operated in collaboration with Fonden FABRIKKEN for Kunst og Design in Copenhagen. The purpose of the program is to build networks between professional artists on the contemporary Finnish and Danish art scenes, and to introduce Finnish or Finland-based artists to a Danish art market.

The FIDA residency program welcomes 1 artist a year for a duration of 2 months. The FIDA guest receives a total grant of 20.000 DKK (approx. 2.700 EUR) to cover living expenses etc., paid return travel (economy only), shared accommodation in Copenhagen, and a large private studio at FABRIKKEN. The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark and FABRIKKEN oversees the resident’s program including networking activities and introduces the resident in relevant contexts.

Application procedure and criteria

To be eligible for a FIDA residency, the applicant must be a Finnish or Finland-based professional visual artist. The program does not accept Danish nationals or residents of Denmark. The program welcomes applications from emerging to mid-career artists, who can document exhibition experience in relevant art contexts and collaborations with curators.

Applicants are asked to submit a plan for the residency, including a motivated list of agents on the Danish art scene that are of interest to them. FABRIKKEN and The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark will take the artists’ wishes and interests into consideration when planning the residency.

A jury consisting of artists and curators assesses the applications.

During the residency, a public presentation of the resident’s practice is organized in collaboration with the program manager.

Preparatory skype meetings between the program manager and the artist will be conducted prior to arrival to maximise the value of the residency.

Fonden FABRIKKEN for Kunst og Design

FABRIKKEN is a not-for-profit art institution that provides studios and workspace for more than 60 professional Copenhagen-based artists and designers. FABRIKKEN is guided by the spirit of professionalism and exchange, which is nurtured through an event program and a weekly communal lunch. In addition to the studios, FABRIKKEN contains a 1.000 m2 space, which is mainly used for artistic production and events.


Only applications that meet the required criteria above and respect the guidelines below will be taken into consideration.

Applicants will receive the jury’s decision within four weeks of the application deadline.

For queries please contact Maria Gry Bregnbak here.

Application content

All applications must be submitted electronically through the application form below.

When submitting the application form, the following documents must be attached (max. 10 MB in total)

A) Presentation of the artist’s practice (max. 1 p.)

B) Residency plan including a motivated list of agents on the Danish art scene of interest to the applicant (max. 1 p.)

C) A current CV with link to the applicant’s website (max. 1 p.)

D) Image documentation of previous projects (max. 5 p.) in order of priority with the relevant links (one per project)

NB! The program does not offer accommodation to anyone beyond the successful applicant (i.e. family etc.).

Please note the following guidelines regarding your application

It is advised that all the supporting material is stored online and can be accessed via links as mentioned above. Please ensure that the links do not expire before you have received the decision of the jury. It is advised to use tools such as YouTube, Vimeo etc., so that downloading isn’t required to access the material.

FIDA is kindly funded by The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark

The Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark is a private, not-for-profit foundation that offers Finnish expertise in the fields of contemporary art and performing arts, creating and nurturing dialogue between Finnish and Danish professionals and audiences.