Bioart Society is the motor behind Ars Bioarctica, a long-term art & science initiative with a focus on the sub-arctic environment. Ars Bioarctica fosters projects between artists and scientists to develop new kind of scientific and artistic thinking and through this participate and contribute to the discussion on the relation of humankind and nature. It is located in Kilpisjärvi, the most Northern part of Finland.
This year there are two funded residency programmes at Kilpisjärvi Biological Station:
- North Escaping: a month-long residency open to Nordic-Baltic artists and responding to the environmental and psychological effects of climate change. Travel, accommodation, and daily allowances for the month-long residency are all covered, as well as a 3-day stay in Helsinki to develop and present the work done at the station in a form of, for example, an exhibition, talk, or a workshop – are all covered. The material costs for the residency are paid up to 800 euros, and the production of the event or exhibition in Helsinki up to 1500 euros. The artist fee for the residency is 2100 euros and for the event or exhibition 500 euros.
- Kilpisjärvi Digital Science Trails: A one-month residency open to artists from Finland and abroad. The residency is part of the project ‘Pathways to Science and Research Stations’ R&D&I services’, in which Kilpisjärvi Biological Station is developing digital science trails. The grant covers travel, accommodation, daily allowances, and material costs. The artist fee is 3000€.