Second applying time for the residencies in 2019 will be announced in late May.
The main idea of RaumArs residency is to bring artists and art closer to people by producing community-based art projects. Priority is in community/participatory artists & art.
With our collaborators RaumArs board of management chooses 5-10 artists per year of which 2-4 artists will receive a FELLOWSHIP (free accommodation, a stipend for production expenses and some assistance). Fellowship will be allotted to artists who work with local people minimum for 2 months.
We encourage you to offer a community project (2-5 months) or a project of your own with preferred months (preferably 2 months or more). RaumArs also suggests artists to apply for a collaboration with the Rauma Museum in the summer 2019.
Who can apply? Individuals, couples/pairs, groups, families. Working 1-6 months. Please note that there are some additional charges from non-artist partners.
Projects: community/participatory practices and independent working.
Please also read "instructions and rules" carefully. Each selected artist pays a registration/reservation fee that guarantees the place.
BlueGorilla in Lajo housing area.
RaumArs welcomes artists to apply for a residency from the fields:
- all visual arts (including craft, design & architecture)
- all performing arts (including sound & light design)
- art historians, researchers, writers and curators also welcome.
A hint to the artists, we have a special idea for June/July-August (2–3 months)
RaumArs will be collaborating with the Rauma Museum (historical) in 2019. In a collaboration we will be applying an EU-grant that gives an extra fee (a scholarship) to the artist/working couple. The artist(s) is recommended to make a project/work (preferably a light/sound installation or similar non-material and with local residents) into an Unesco World Heritage Site Sammallahdenmäki, which is a Bronze Age burial site and situates 20 kilomers east from Rauma town. A pre-residency visit on the site is recommended. If the EU-grant will not be allotted the artist(s) will still get free accommodation, some material costs and travel costs between Rauma–Sammallahdenmäki. Please keep this in mind when applying and committing to the residency.
Please keep in mind that you can apply for example to January–April or October–November, because we can accommodate 2 artists at a same time and only appr. 5% of the applicants will get the fellowship.
Expectations towards the artist
Especially the fellowhsip artists to receive a stipend are expected to present a clear project plan for a collaborative/ participatory art practice, public or social art project or an environmental project, which will be realized during the residence. At least two months of work/residency, preferably more.
The main selection criteria will be the artists’ motivation to work in collaboration with local people, the proposal and the quality of previous art. Many of the projects are carried out with children or youth, but artists actualize the project according to their wishes and collaborate with any group they wish for (please read examples Association). Very often shows, performances or events happen in unconventional spaces. Please read about the old projects from our Archive and create one of your own with a new audience :).
RaumArs has successfully been collaborating with Rauman Seudun Katulähetys (Rauma Street Mission including homeless, workshop trainees and youth work) and Rauman Seudun Työnhakijat (Association for the Unemplyed of Rauma) so we all wish for new art projects in collaboration with artists.
The applicant doesn't have to have previous teaching experience, but need to prove to be able to carry out the project. RaumArs will give some assistance in producing the accepted proposal for a stipend artist. English will be the working language and should be spoken reasonably well.
Stipend artist(s) get at most 100-300€ in a month (exact amount for each year is to be decided later) for materials (incl. equipment rentals etc.) by proving receipts for the items bought or rented. Exceeding costs are to be paid by the artist(s). RaumArs assists with projects and marketing.
Working can also lead to longer-term projects. During the first short residency period the focus is on familiarization with local people and environment, the second and longer period carried out on the following months/ following year as a community project (please mention this in your application if you are planning this). Within community art projects everyone benefits from good planning. In the case the artist is engaged to travel to Rauma twice.
Please note that a clear and well written project plan is crucial because each year RaumArs applies public grants with the artists' applications for operating/financing the residency. RaumArs also uses artists' portfolios.
Include your application
- artistic backround
- short project plan/explanation of the project
- a longer project/work plan
- the group you want to work/collaborate with (or if you want to work only by your self).
- one portfolio including the CV (max 2 Mb)
- or portfolio and CVs separately (max 2 Mb). Please notice to name the portfolio and CV/CVs with the name of the artist/applicant – not as "RaumArs portfolio" or "RaumArs cv", because we get dozens of applications and we don't want yours to be lost.
The Board of Directors, with some of RaumArs collaborators, will be processing the applications in May–June. Selected artists will be informed in June–July and their names will be announced on RaumArs web site and Facebook in August.
Waiting for you applications :)
Applying after the deadline
The application form stays open after the official deadline (20.4.) for artists to apply for possibly remaining months after the next year's artist selection has been announced in August 2018. Please see chosen artists / available months from the front page. Inquiries first with an email. Also cancellations may happen, but that is very rare.