The Finnish Institute in London is looking for visual arts, museum and archive professionals to participate in MOBIUS, fellowship programme that enables mobility and collaborative practices and supports long-lasting professional relationships between the UK, Republic of Ireland and Finland. We will choose 4-6 fellows to take part in the programme by working as part of a host organisation’s staff for 2-3 months during 2016.
The call opens on 18 August and runs until 12 October 2015.
MOBIUS is a three-year programme organised by the Finnish Institute in London and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. It started at the end of 2013 and the first fellows were chosen in the Spring 2014.
MOBIUS enables opening up of cultural data, meaningful networking and sharing knowledge and field specific expertise. The programme offers culture sector professionals a unique opportunity to gain valuable international experience through a multi-institutional model of peer-to-peer learning.
Through the MOBIUS programme participants can test different ideas and practices in an international context. MOBIUS has already created networks and knowledge that are beneficial to the culture sector in Finland, the UK, Ireland and the US and will continue doing so in the future.
MOBIUS is generously supported by the Kone Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.
The participants are chosen in London by a steering group consisting of members from The Finnish Institute in London, The National Archives of Finland, Finnish Museums Association, Archives and Records Association UK, Museums Association UK , the British Council and Chester Beatty Library, Ireland.
The steering group will propose each fellow a hosting organisation, which responds to the fellow’s interests in the best possible way.
The Finnish Institute in London manages and coordinates the fellowship periods and covers the travel costs to the working destination and the accommodation during the fellowship. The sending organisation will pay for the salary for its staff member who will be sent to work overseas whereas the hosting organisation is committed to provide professional guidance and support for the duration of the fellowship period.
If a fellow is a freelancer the Finnish Institute will also cover some of his/her living costs during the fellowship period.
The fellows coming from Finland will be placed in art organisations, museums and archives in different regions of Great Britain and Ireland and those coming from Great Britain and Ireland will be placed in Finland.
During 2014 and 2015 we have collaborated with the following organizations: In Great Britain: The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums; CIRCA projects, Newcastle upon Tyne; Cornwall Records Office, Cornwall Council, Truro; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester City Galleries; National Media Museum, Bradford; National Museums Liverpool; Tate Britain; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Newcastle upon Tyne; Whitworth Art Gallery of The University of Manchester; The William Morris Gallery, London.
In Ireland: Science Gallery, Dublin; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
In Finland: The Ateneum Art Museum of The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Helinä Rautavaara Museum, Espoo; Helsinki Art Museum; Heureka - The Finnish Science Centre, Vantaa; HIAP - Helsinki International Artist Programme; Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art of The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki; The Maritime Museum of Finland, Kotka; Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, The National Archives of Finland, Helsinki; The National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki; Tampere Art Museum; The Åland Maritime Museum, Mariehamn.
The collaboration between fellows and hosting organisation will be content-driven and thematic. It is highly important to communicate clearly about your own professional interests, areas of expertise, and to specify in which ways the fellowship would benefit both you and the sending organisation. Please list your preferred hosting organisations.
Please fill the application form here.
Futhermore, please send a single PDF in English to firstname.lastname@example.org including: a) a cover sheet with name, email and occupation b) a 500-word letter of intent c) Curriculum Vitae (max. three pages)
Write MOBIUS London in the subject line of your email. Label the application file with your name (surname_forename_MOBIUS). The deadline for applications is 12 October 2015.
Enquiries: The Finnish Institute in London, Johanna Vakkari, email@example.com