KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre

General information

Brief description of organisation

Art Centre KulttuuriKauppila works to improve the position of visual artists in northern Finland and create international connections in the field of art. KulttuuriKauppila runs an international artist residency and a social art residency program, produces the Art Ii Biennial and Valto Pernu Photo Marathon and provides studios for local artists. The centre aims to improve artists’ skills, belongs to international art networks and produces an international art-education programme for schools of Ii. KulttuuriKauppila participates in cultural policy on a practical level and believes that creativity is a key to wellbeing on both the individual and collective levels.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre, located in the municipality of Ii in Northern Finland, offers two residency programmes that allow artists to explore and develop their artistic practice, collaborate with locals and get inspired by the surrounding environment. The residency is located in an idyllic cultural heritage site by the river Iijoki and is surrounded by an active village community.

Artists as well as curators and researchers from all disciplines are welcome to apply to the KulttuuriKauppila residency programmes. The KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Residence (KK AiR) programme offers artists a unique environment to focus on their artistic practice and research. The KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Community programme (KK AiC) hosts socially engaged art projects that give artists an opportunity to work with the surrounding community and build co-operation with relevant local actors.

The residency will be tailored for each artist or artist group according to the artists’ own project plan. We are happy to facilitate interaction with the local community. On the application form,applicants can let us know about their interests, such as having an exhibition or hosting a masterclass.

The fully furnished residency space includes two private rooms with a shared studio space and kitchen, making it comfortable for individual artists as well as artist groups. The location is far enough from traffic for peace and quiet, yet near enough to transportation that cultural events in Oulu can be reached conveniently. The duration of the stay can vary between one and six months

The application form is open at https://kkair.artcurator.io until 30 April 2019 for residency periods in 2020. The KulttuuriKauppila jury makes the selection of the guest artists. The applicants will be informed personally.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • art reseach, community art
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
  • Other

Municipal cultural services

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Other

Artist couples

Grants available

Grants via parntership programs.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other

personal insurance

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
  • Other

All above possible but not mandatory. Optional teaching possibilities

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralBy the river, atelier house shared with local artists

  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Wet room, all equipment developed with needs of guest artists
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Ceramics Facilities
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Art Ii Biennial, Valto Pernu Photo Marathon

How to reach

By train

There is a railway station in Oulu, about 30 minutes from Ii.

By plane

An international airport is located in Oulu, about 45 minutes from Ii. From Helsinki to Oulu it takes ca. 50 minutes by plane.

By car

The main highway of Finland goes through Ii. The bus connections from Oulu to Ii go every hour.

Nearest airport


Contact information

KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre
Kauppilantie 15
91100 Ii


Phone: +358503950313

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