Deadline: 31/07/2019

Karelian Art residence network (KARN)

Karelian Art residence network (KARN) announces the open call for 3 residencies.


Petrozavodsk, Sortavala, Kostomukshsky nature reserve

Karelian Art residence network (KARN) starts its activities and announces the open call for one or several art residences of the network in the season of 2019 – 2020.

Artists (painters, designers, producers, photographers, writers, IT-specialists, architects, performers, dancers, art-experts etc.) engaged in different multi-discipline and creative people whose art is relevant to thematic issues of Karelian art residence network are invited to take part in the call.

Awarded participants will have free of charge accommodation in art residencies for the period of their project implementation. Karelian art residence network includes art residencies in Petrozavodsk, Sortavala and Kostomuksha nature reserve. Each of them has its own thematic particularity and concept frame.

Art residence “Petrozavodsk”.

Stand-alone two-storeyed building of 1775 year built (cultural heritage object) in the historical part of the city, in the centre of Petrozavodsk (Lenin square, 2A).

Concept: art residence “Petrozavodsk” focuses on support of artists and creative groups, their interests aim at design, forecasting and visualization of new types and forms of alternative worlds and realities, consideration of time role in contexts of utopian images. Petrozavodsk art residence is a stand-alone old building in the city center. The building itself is a metaphor of an utopian shelter for creators – in which dreams, fantasies about new worlds and spaces may begin to acquire figurative contours and stimulate appearance of new creative products in the format of cinema, animation, narrative texts, computer games, virtual worlds or other hybrid variants of creative activity

Stand-alone two-storeyed building with the floor-space of 104 sq. m. Working rooms like photo-video studio, operator editing studio, and space for sound record are on the ground floor. Living rooms for 2-3 people and a sitting room are on the first floor. Toilet, shower, kitchen and store room are in the basement. Except for the main residence located in the historical building and managed by the art residence, there is an additional living premises of 35 sq. m. floor-space on the ground floor of the multistoreyed dormitory, in the centre of the city (Anokhin str., 1). It has a living room, a kitchen equipped with necessary equipment and utensil, shower room and a toilet.

Art residence “Sortavala”
Residence is located in the historical center of Sortavala, in the building that refers to architectural monuments (Karelskaya st., 22). Therein resides the “Social and cultural youth center“ - the main place of cultural events of the town, which hosts more than 100 events a year. Library, music school, art school with the ceramic workshop and etching press, regional museum are at the walking distance thereof.

Concept: art residence “Sortavala” is designed first of all for artists interested in local area study and new local contexts. This art residence positions itself as a space for milti discipline activities, it opens interactions capacities in research in different art fields through artistic methods (artists, photographers, graphic artists) and comprehensive projects through the practice of "cultural engagement" (performance, theater, dance, Open air, site specific art, etc.)

Technical capacity: Art residence premises has 40 sq. m. floor space, including living room for two persons, working zone, a kitchen and toilet. Art residence has a separate entrance from the courtyard, not far from the Ladoga lake shore.

Art residence “Kostomuksha” 
Art residence locates in Kostomukshsky nature reserve – the natural protected area that is in the North west Russia, close to the boarder with Finland. Distance from Kostomuksha to the art - residence is 19 km by car on the earth-road and 3.5 km on foot. There is a crossing over the river Kamennaya by boat on the way.

Concept: hybrid arts focused on observation and study of processes running in wild nature.

Participants for the art residence might be:
• artists and scientists working with science art, and environmental issues in their widest variety (living environment, eco-systems etc.); • painters, writers, composers making training and educational programs, referred to living nature; • photo, video, cinema artists directly tied to science, educational programs and to special topics or themes related to images of nature; • artists collecting materials for their work and preferring lonely creative life.

Technical capacity:
Art residence “Kostomuksha” provides the well equipped house for work and live, that stays in the pine white non-vascular plants (white moss) forest, on the bank of a small lake. Its floor space is 113 sq. m. including living room for two persons (two couples), a kitchen, a small veranda and a workshop (sun-lounge) perfectly suites to work with oils and paints and graphic materials. There is a gas stove in the kitchen. The house is equipped with electricity, two stoves (heated with wood). Bio-toilet and sauna are near the house, large area overlooking the lake, wood shed.

Mandatory condition: guiding from the office to the residence and periodical visiting of the nature reserve guide (reserved separate house in 1 km form the residence house), and obligatory fulfillment of strict safety and ecological rules relevant to the reserve area.

Best works/projects of art residents of 2019/2020 years will be displayed in the final exhibition of Karelian art residences.

Karelian art residence network will not finance residents expenditure on travel, meals, consumables, passport and visa fees.

Arrangement of required trips within staying in Karelia is subject to individual negotiations with every art residents and depending on the capabilities of a particular art residence.

Upon the first season end of functioning KARN in July 2020, the final exhibition is planned to be arranged, wherein will be exhibited art activities of Karelian art residencies. Their curators will therefore select the works of those art residents whose projects have the brightest and most convincing reflection of the thematic “face” (outlook) of each of three art residences.


1. Applications for participation are accepted in art residences of Karelia from artists attained 18 years old, from all countries of the world or regions of the Russian Federation.

2. Applications for participation in the call are to be forwarded within the period: 08 of June – 31 of July 2019 (inclusively). Applications shall be forwarded in digital form to the e-mail:

3. Duration of activities for artists is limited from three weeks to three months.

4. Requirements to the application: • Name, surname of the applicant, age, permanent address. • Contact information (e-mail, telephone, page in social networks). • Motivation letter (maximum 2 pages, format A4, font 12).Therein an applicant should point out the aim of her/his participation in art residences of Karelia, desired period of stay and dates, a residence, where he/she would like to work on the project or explain the transfer and work in two or three residences of the network due to the concept of the project. • CV (Curriculum Vitae).

• relevance to the terms of the contest call and activity trends of the chosen art residence; • creativity and multi-discipline character of a project; • project feasibility; • forethought of work with local people: master-classes, presentations of new techniques and technologies, creative meetings or other forms; • consent to provide a work(s) or presentation of results in residences in the final exhibition of art residences.


• Call applications are to be submitted from the 8st of June till the 31st of July 2019.

• Assessment of applications by the Expert council of KARN from the 1st of August till the 14th of August 2019.

• Information about awarded applications will be delivered to applicants by e-mail after the 14th of August 2019. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Call of applications is arranged in the framework of the project Karelian art-residency network and art-tourism (grant contract №КА3002_314/2017).

• Contest organizer: Tourist information center of the Republic of Karelia.

• Working languages of Karelian art residence network are English and Russian.

• Detailed information about the contest is published in social networks “Vkontakte” and “Facebook” relevant information is provided by the e-mail or by phone +7 (8142) 76-14-41. Coordinator of the Karelian art residence network Varvara Feklistova.

Karelian Art residence network (KARN)

Karelian Art residence network (KARN)


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