OPEN CALL

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York is looking for Finnish visual arts (art, design, architecture) professionals to participate in MOBIUS, a fellowship program that enables transatlantic mobility and collaborative practices, and supports long-lasting professional relationships. The selected participants will work in New York as part of hosting organization's staff for two months and realize a project during fall/winter 2015-2016.

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

WHAT?

MOBIUS is a three-year pilot program organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York (FCINY) and Finnish Institute in London. FCINY focuses on new organizational models of institutions and curating, supporting independent and institutional visual arts professionals alike. Finnish Institute in London focuses on museum and archive professionals.

MOBIUS program supports peer-to-peer learning, meaningful networking and sharing of knowledge. One of the main agendas is to open up and develop current modes of operation in the fields of visual arts, museums and archives: ranging from up-and-coming to prominent, from independent to institutional.

The program will carry results such as exhibitions, events, publications, research, and other outcomes that will find their form during the process. Each fellowship and project will be customized specifically to meet the needs of both the hosting organization and its fellow.

In 2014 FCINY and MOBIUS partnered with New York based hosting organizations Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, No Longer Empty and Van Alen Institute, and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme in Helsinki. In 2015 the hosting organizations will be determined by the accepted proposals via the open call. New York based fellows are selected by invitation only.

HOW?

FCINY manages the fellowship periods between visual arts professionals and organizations in New York and Finland.

Finnish curators and visual arts professionals will travel to New York in order to learn from, and share, various modes of operation, knowledge and expertise and to realize a project with local hosting organization.

FCINY will cover the travel and rent costs for each fellow within certain budget and helps the fellow in finding accommodation. The sending organization will pay for the salary whereas the receiving organization is committed to provide professional guidance and support for the duration of the fellowship period.

FCINY provides per diem for independent and freelance actors who are self-employed during the fellowship period.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICANT

  1. Should have more than five years work experience in the field of visual arts (curating, producing, organizing, researching, marketing etc.).
  2. Ability to present clearly one’s own professional profile and current areas of interest.
  3. Speak and write fluent English.
  4. Be committed to communicate the fellowship collaboration with a wider community.
  5. Be able to work in New York for approximately two months during fall/winter 2015-16.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The collaborations between fellows and hosting organizations will be content-driven and thematic. It is highly important to communicate clearly one’s own professional interests, areas of expertise and the project idea one wishes to realize as part of the program. It is recommendable to list preferred hosting organization(s).

Please fill in the application form here.

Futhermore, please send a single PDF in English to ilari.laamanen@fciny.org including: a) a cover sheet with name, email and occupation b) a 500-word motivation letter c) a 500-word project proposal d) curriculum vitae (max. three pages)

Write MOBIUS New York in the subject line of your email. Label the application file with your name (last name_first name_MOBIUS). The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015.

Inquiries: The Finnish Institute in New York, Ilari Laamanen, ilari.laamanen@fciny.org

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