2021 Call for Applications

We are now handing out residency periods from December 2021 until the end of 2022.

A residency period can be either one or two months long. The periods start and end according to calendar months (dates may slightly vary depending on available ferry connections).  The residency is free of charge for individuals and workgroups.

Deadline for applications is

August 20th, 24:00 GMT

The selection results will be published in the end of September 2021.
All applicants will be informed by e-mail.

What we Expect and Offer

Our main focus is artists working in experimental fields of art (could be anything from media, video, sound, photography and bio art to poetry, dance and performance, or something else), art-science collaborations and interdisciplinary art projects. We also encourage researchers in humanistic and social sciences with an interdisciplinary approach and critical cultural, environmental and political themes to apply. Organizations in the fields of art, culture and research are also welcome to apply.

The residency period is always free of charge for artists and researchers, both individuals and workgroups. Please note that we are not able to cover your travel costs, materials, food or other daily expenses. For organizations we usually charge a nominal compensation for our rent and other expenses (negotiable on a case-by-case basis).

Our residency house has two apartments for the artists. One apartment can accommodate 1-4 adults or a small family comfortably. Taking along your peer, partner or family is allowed and even encouraged.

The apartments function as combined studio/living spaces and are equipped with basic necessities, furniture and tools for you to use. Please note that the apartments are not suitable for large-scale sculpturing/painting or other potentially messy work methods. It is possible to arrange separate, “rough” working spaces for such work on a case-by-case basis, but these are unheated spaces and therefore only suited for warmer periods.

You are free to do short visits to the mainland, though we expect you to spend the majority (3/4) of your residency period in Örö. Note that we do not expect you to realize a complete project during the residency. You may also use the residency as a catalyst for futher work or to concentrate in some vital phase in your ongoing projects.

Due to the remote location of the island and the quietness of the winter months, the residency programme is often a solitary retreat. We are an artist-run organization with limited resources and operate the residency remotely. Therefore a certain do-it-yourself attitude is required. You’ll mostly be there by yourself so the solitude of the winter season might take some getting used to. That said, there’s usually a service crew taking care of the island infrastructure, along with the occasional tourists. Food and other necessities can be ordered from a shop on the mainland by the ferry or a service boat. To get an idea of living conditions on Örö, please read through the island’s official pages and see our Visitor’s Guide.

We are happy to offer help and advice in practical matters and can arrange meetings, contacts and presentations (if possible to arrange during the pandemic). After your residency period you are required to write a short report of your experience. We may also occasionally wish to interview you. If it suits your work, you may also participate in our summer exhibition or other exhibition opportunities we might arrange.

The selected applicants need to sign a residency agreement and send us a deposit of 100 euros, which will be returned after the residency when we have received a written report.

How to Apply

Note: The application requires sign in with a Google account in order to upload attachments.

If you don't have any Google (Gmail) account available, you can use the alternative form:

If using this form, you need to separately email us all the required attachments: applications@ores.fi

Please use the same name and email address you used in the application form. This ensures they will be automatically connected with your application.

About the Online Application

The form includes basic instructions. The most important thing we’d like to emphasize is for you to consider your time wishes throughly. We’d like to give everyone their preferred timeslot, but this is not always possible. Therefore it’s good if you also select some alternative months. We cannot reschedule after the selection process is over, so make sure you are available on those months you mark as acceptable. Be also sure to check those months you are not able to come.

Please note that we have limited accommodation and various projects during the summer months, which make the summer periods more difficult to get. Having more flexibility in your schedule will increase your chances.

About Your Work Plan

Your Work Plan should be max. 2 sheets, plus any additional images. We do not expect you to realize a complete project during the residency period. You may also use the residency as a catalyst for futher work or to concentrate in some vital phase in your ongoing projects.

Workgroups can either submit a common plan or be more loose-tied with individual work plans.

Required Attachments

Individuals: CV and Work Plan
(+ Portfolio for visual artists, if not online)
Workgroups: CV(s) and Work Plan(s)
(+ Portfolio for visual artists, if not online)
Organizations: Work Plan / Project Proposal

Attachments should be in some the following formats: PDF, JPG, Word, ODF, RTF. The total size of the attachments should not exceed 10MB. Please do not send us video files (you can include video links in your application form and Work Plan).

The Aftermath

All submitted applications will be peer reviewed by our selection board. The board consists of 4-6 artists from our association and has new members selected each year.

The programme will be published in the end of September 2021. All applicants will be informed about the results by email.

For any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.